Our Favorite Movies

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Until the End of the World

What are the possibilities of the human experience? Is it our ability to feel and the varied experiences of pleasure? Is it the joy that comes with being empathetic, our need for kindness, altruism and compassion driving our better impulses? Is it the struggle for self-improvement, an aim that can either be inclusive or involve…

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Superman- The Movie

To understand how important “Superman- The Movie” is as a comic book adaptation and how creatively successful it is, all one needs to do is observe the opening scene. We open on panels of a “Superman” comic book, read by a young child, who recites the words that define the character of Kal-El/Clark Kent/Superman. The…

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The Grifters

“The Grifters” takes place in a neo-film noir world in which the sins of many have caused the paint to peel and the floors to turn grimy. Everything seems tainted. I’m talking about the kind of places where your arm sticks to the surface of a greasy table at a tired diner. Or a bus…

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Psycho

My favorite movies are the ones I grew up with and know as well as an old friend, or a place I never get tired of visiting. Whereas many of my acquaintances would easily cite “The Godfather,” “Star Wars,” “The Lord of the Rings” or “The Shawshank Redemption” as one of their essential movies and,…

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Clockers

For reasons that have never been made clear to me, Martin Scorsese decided not to make “Clockers.” The film was set up at Universal Studios, Scorsese picked Robert De Niro to play Rocco, the lead, and Richard Price (who wrote the riveting screenplay for Scorsese’s “The Color of Money”) wrote the adaptation from his bestselling…

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The Crying Game

Neil Jordan’s “The Crying Game” is about transformation above all else, how honest, self realization can create a personal metamorphosis within ourselves. Specifically, it’s about how love can act as either a blindfold, eclipsing the truth, or an unveiled curtain that sets us free. The opening shot is a deception of sorts, as the camera…

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