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5 Songs That Created Incredible Movie Scenes

Movies and music. Flicks and tunes. Two great things that go great together. Since the advent of motion pictures, music has played a huge part in cinematic storytelling. In the days of silent movies, pianist, organists and, sometimes, small orchestras would play music along with the movie. Later, after films incorporated recorded sound, music (either… Continue reading 5 Songs That Created Incredible Movie Scenes

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One Great Movie, Three Great Scenes: Casablanca (1942)

What makes a great movie great? The talented director Howard Hawks (The Big Sleep, Rio Bravo) provided an excellent answer when he declared that a great movie had "three great scenes, no bad ones." In light of Hawks's definition, today we're looking at three great scenes from what many consider the greatest movie of all… Continue reading One Great Movie, Three Great Scenes: Casablanca (1942)

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Jaws (1975): A July 4th Celebration

This July 4th, I'll be sitting on a beach in Westhampton, NY, looking out at the Atlantic Ocean, and, as I do so, my thoughts will be on those things that represent the holiday to me:  America's independence, fireworks, hot dogs, and the movie "Jaws." What? "Jaws" is a July 4th institution? Absolutely. The film is… Continue reading Jaws (1975): A July 4th Celebration

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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989): Father’s Day with the Jones Boys

This Father's Day weekend, we're taking a look at a movie classic where a father/son relationship is a key component. There are plenty of great movies from which to choose, movies such as "Kramer vs. Kramer," "Nothing in Common," "Field of Dreams," or "The Road" (if you really, really want to feel bummed out). Today,… Continue reading Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989): Father’s Day with the Jones Boys

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“Mother” (1996) – The Perfect Movie for Mother’s Day.

When you think of movies about mothers and daughters, a number of classics likely spring to mind:  "Terms of Endearment," "Steel Magnolias," "Postcards from the Edge," and perhaps others. Yet, when I thought about mother-son movies, only two came to mind. The first film was "Mother," the funny 1996 film that starred Albert Brooks (who… Continue reading “Mother” (1996) – The Perfect Movie for Mother’s Day.

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Groundhog Day (or How an A-Hole Learned to Be Happy)

It’s been twenty-five years since “Groundhog Day,” starring Bill Murray, premiered (a fact that I have a hard time accepting; of course, I have a hard time accepting that many things happened decades ago).  “Groundhog Day” is one of my favorite comedies, with “Airplane,” a far different movie, its only competition for the top spot. … Continue reading Groundhog Day (or How an A-Hole Learned to Be Happy)