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My Favorite Movie Character: Al Frazier

I imagine most people, when asked who is their favorite movie character, would take it as a fun exercise to go through their favorite movies and try to think of the characters that they most enjoyed watching go through struggles … Continue reading

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The Biblical Allegory of Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Remember that movie about everyday people who are called to do a marvelous work and a wonder, being invited by a vision to a mountain where they will see signs in the heavens as they commune with heavenly beings? The … Continue reading

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The Beautiful Symmetry of Beauty and the Beast (1991)

I had planned on analyzing Spider-Man 3 for a chiastic structure before moving on to any other film, but I couldn’t get Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (1991) out of my head, so it looks like this is the one … Continue reading

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Swallowing My Pride

Humility is not an easy quality to achieve or maintain. I was bullied a lot as a child, and it hardened me to the point that I thought I was uniquely deserving of sympathy and that other people were responsible … Continue reading

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What Happens When We Fail to Heed Sir Thomas More’s Warning

Five years ago, I offered 10 timely lessons from A Man for All Seasons (1966), and I’m sure many of us recently observed a high-profile example of what happens when #1 on that list is violated. We’ll get to that … Continue reading

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Our Bray-ve New World

The puppet masters who have made it simple to enjoy hookup culture, courageous to buck normalcy, and easy to get credit have now closed the doors and are herding us into our nice, comfortable cages. My fellow donkeys, welcome to the bray-ve new world. Continue reading

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The End of The Ten Commandments (1956) Is the End of the World

In a film packed with memorable moments, the creation of the 10 Commandments stands out as quite possibly the best scene in The Ten Commandments (1956). And not just because it is packed with Logos, spirituality, and drama. Another reason … Continue reading

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Citizen Kane Summed Up in 1 Word

I’m going to do something different this week. I usually offer a verbose 1,000-word or more discussion of a film or TV show. In this series, I’ll boil it all down to a single word. Sometimes that’s all it takes … Continue reading

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This Is Classic Disney at Its Finest

Remember when an eight-minute cartoon could lift you to emotional heights and then bring you to tears mere moments later? I sure do. And Disney was the master of putting my emotions through the wringer. They have continued that tradition … Continue reading

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Why It’s a Wonderful Life Succeeds and Click Fails at Telling the Same Story

It’s a Wonderful Life quietly debuted in 1946 and went on to become one of the most beloved Christmas classics of all time. Sixty years later, Click showed up as yet another example of Adam Sandler’s slowly declining career after … Continue reading

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