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Mythological movies

When I was young, I was fascinated by the fantastical stories of Greek and Roman mythology. Many of you may relate. I would read books and examine scenes of captivating monsters. I would anxiously read on to discover how the heroes were able to strategically destroy the hazardous creatures: How ...

Three colors

You may be aware that on late Sunday nights, Turner Classic Movies presents foreign films under its "Imports" collection. Tonight's overseas showing is what is known as the Three Colors Trilogy by Polish director/writer Krzysztof Kielowski (a mouthful, I know).The three movies are simply titled ...

Father films

A "Happy Father's Day" to all the dads today. Last month, as you hopefully remember, we celebrated Mother's Day, and as the other half of the parental duo, fathers too have an important role in this society and world and should also be celebrated.In fact, the health and prosperity of a society ...

Marx movies

Comedy has been a loyal friend to film. Since the first flickering images, scenes of men being blasted in the face with garden hoses, or hungry fellows quickly consuming tables full of food, have amused audiences. People want to be entertained, which a lot of the time means they want to ...

Science Fiction

We've been entertained by the idea of the world in alternate circumstances by such authors as H.G.Wells, Jules Verne, and even bards from long ago. They told tales of the unreal or the extraordinary. But what makes a story of unbelievable proportion believable and worth the time?C.S. Lewis ...

The colorful world of ‘Black and White’

There are three notable films coming up in the next couple of weeks on TCM. If I were to give them a common link, I would note they are all shot in black-and-white and all three attain a high level of excellence.When I was younger, I usually rejected any movie that was in black-and-white. ...

Competing and comparing

You don't truly know someone until you've played a game with them. I say this because the trait of competitiveness is immediately revealed. Whether it be a board game, cards or some sort of sport, you quickly learn who plays nice.The act of competing goes beyond sports and games, people are ...

Memorial movies

Memorial Day is a little more than a week away but that doesn't mean one can't take time any day to remember the brave men and women who ultimately gave their lives for our country.They served a nation and its people that they loved. However you might typically spend the holiday, maybe with a ...

Mother movies

Today is Mother's Day. I hope you'll be recognizing that in some form or other. Mother's are certainly special people, for they are assigned essential duties in the world as they help bring forth and shape lives. Given this occasion, I have gathered a list of mother-approved movies. Though ...

Mother movies

Today is Mother's Day. I hope you'll be recognizing that in some form or other. Mother's are certainly special people, for they are assigned essential duties in the world as they help bring forth and shape lives. Given this occasion, I have gathered a list of mother-approved movies. Though ...