Category Archives: Significant Scenes

My Marlin Moment

One of my sons recently taught me an important lesson. This is the same son who took many years to tell me that he loves me. During his bedtime routine, he was running around an office chair as he flossed … Continue reading

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The Mechanic’s Ending Blows Away the Rest of the Film

When I was starting to get interested in films as a teenager, my mom stoked the flames by introducing me to a number of great ones like Lifeboat and an edited version of Witness. And then she told me about … Continue reading

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How My Mom Taught Me Not to Fear Scary Movies

Halloween season is upon us, so in that spirit I would like to share an experience from my childhood involving scary movies. I was forbidden from watching most scary movies for many years, but my parents were wise enough to … Continue reading

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10 Creative Uses of Pens in Movies

A pen is just a writing utensil, right? Not when it’s in the hands of creative filmmakers. Pens can become a variety of weapons, tools, and comedic punchlines. Here are 10 creative uses of pens in movies.

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Sgt. Bilko Is an Underrated Comedy

Jonathan Lynn doesn’t seem to get much respect as a director. And yet he directed several excellent films, including Clue, My Cousin Vinny, and Sgt. Bilko (1996). Yes, I lump that last film in with those earlier ones because I … Continue reading

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Overcoming the Fear of Name-Calling

Being called a mean name hurts. My parents taught me to ignore personal insults, but that was easier said than done. Thankfully, I managed to avoid stooping to my bullies’ level and instead killed them with kindness. It’s so much … Continue reading

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Is ‘Hasta La Vista, Baby’ a Bait-and-Switch?

Terminator 2: Judgment Day has a number of great lines, and probably the most famous is Arnold Schwarzenegger’s legendary delivery of “Hasta la vista, baby.” But I’ve started to wonder if it was originally intended as a bait-and-switch, meaning that … Continue reading

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