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Warner Bros. kicks off 90th Anniversary celebration with its first 20 Film Collection: Best Pictures

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 randomly chose the Warner Bros. tour in Burbank, CA. At the time, if you had asked me …

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Mrs. Miniver

The Minivers are your average middle-class family in England. That is, the classic Hollywood-type of “middle class”, where Mother is gorgeous and looks like Greer Garson, Father smokes a pipe and is ruggedly handsome like Walter Pidgeon, and families entertain guests in their garden while the maids and the nannies take care of business. The …

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Grand Hotel

I remember trying to watch Grand Hotel for the first time years ago on DVD. I’m always game for beefing up on my Oscar history, and I had never seen this 1932 classic, only the fifth movie to get Hollywood’s most prestigious award. I think I lasted five minutes. The film quality and transfer was …

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Driving Miss Daisy

Based upon Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, the film explores the relationship between a stubborn Southern woman, Daisy (Jessica Tandy), and her good-natured but equally determined driver, Hoke (Morgan Freeman). After realizing that she can no longer safely drive herself, Daisy’s son Boolie (Dan Aykroyd) hires Hoke to serve as her chauffeur. Though she …

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Chariots of Fire

Though Chariots of Fire won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1981, it is one of those winners that probably would have slowly faded into film history as a good, but not great film. But unlike many Oscar films past, Chariots truly made a mark on pop culture with its memorable, award-winning, and inescapable hit …

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