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What Is Phil Connors’ Nature?

Do you ever take a mental inventory of yourself, thinking about areas where you could improve? I did that this week when I got a text message from my oldest brother. He is probably the greatest man I have ever … Continue reading

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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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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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The Secret Weapon of ’80s Comedies: Elmer Bernstein

What is the most recent live-action comedy film you saw that had a really memorable original score? Liar Liar? Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery? Home Alone? To me, most comedy films of the past few decades have had scores … Continue reading

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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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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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