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Alas, where would the world be without Rain Man?  What would we call our friends when they rattled off some obscure fact or showed signs of obsessive rigidity?  What would the words, “def, definitely,…
This is an Epic with a capital "E", that's for sure. Swords, and tigers, and blood, oh my! Actually, a lot of blood. Muddy armies hacking each other to bits (literally), people cut in half, penetratin…
Dances With Wolves is a modern Hollywood epic at its best. Just like Titanic or Braveheart, the film is bloated and full of the ego of its director (in this case, star Kevin Costner). It's full of 80s…
I have no idea why it took me so long to see the 1946 Best Picture Oscar-winner The Best Years of Our Lives. I, like many movie-lovers, went through a classics-phase, watching swoon-worthy black-and-w…
Shortly after seeing the original Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs a few years back, I heard that the rights had been optioned by Brad Pitt, of all people, for the seemingly unavoidable American remake…
The Coen Brothers take a novel approach to No Country for Old Men. And I mean that literally—this film is the most novel-like movie I've seen in ages, and, well, author Cormac McCarthy (whose book the…
The story follows a group of young Germans who, swept up in a tide of patriotism, join the military to fight for the fatherland in World War I. It is first unclear whom the story is going to follow, b…
Perhaps showing what a timeless classic it is, Casablanca has provoked different reactions in me depending on when in my life I saw the film. I first watched it as a teenager when I was in the throes …
There are many Best Picture winners, true classics from Golden Age of Hollywood, that stand the test of time, like Gone With the Wind, It Happened One Night, or Rebecca. Then you have movies like Cava…
Doctor Zhivago is one of those classic Hollywood films that is almost impossible to view completely objectively. If it's a classic, it must be great, right? But it is forgotten that despite being love…
I know plenty of people that consider Gone with the Wind a snooze-fest (for its almost four-hour running length), or find it unwatchable because Vivien Leigh's Southern belle Scarlett O'Hara is such a…
A couple years ago I was in Los Angeles for a few days. During my whirlwind weekend, my friend and I decided we wanted to go on a Hollywood Studio tour. Because of time, circumstance, and location, we…
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