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Appeals to audiences of all ages and expectations

The main character of Niki Caro’s Whale Rider New Zealand, 2002, New Market Films), portrayed by Keisha Castle-Hughes, is an energetic, determined young person who is driven to become the next leader of her Maori ...

The drop-dead gorgeous (pre–Planet of the Apes) Kim Hunter

A Matter of Life and Death (England, 1946, Universal) is a beautiful fairy tale starring David Niven and the drop-dead gorgeous (pre–Planet of the Apes) Kim Hunter. Niven, a doomed RAF pilot, falls in love ...

Eccentric and humorous and quirky cinematography

As a dance choreographer I aim to create work with a keen attention to detail that evokes some sort of human emotion or connection. And I find myself seeking these same qualities when watching movies. ...

Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray as mind-blowers

First seen in a college film class

I first saw Double Indemnity (USA, 1944, Paramount) in a college film class. I had grown up with Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray as the perfect TV mom and dad on The Big Valley and ...

My favorite show about rocks

The Shawshank Redemption (USA, 1994, Columbia) is debatably my favorite movie. It shouldn’t be because it deals with a lot of serious issues, and I’m only 15. Tim Robbins is so smart, and Morgan Freeman’s ...

An ascetic pleasure

I saw The Color of Pomegranates (by Sergei Parajanov, a Soviet filmmaker of Armenian heritage, 1969, International Film Exchange) during the Soviet Arts Festival in the company of a visiting cadre of Georgian culturistes who ...

The highest grossing indie film of the year

Jane Eyre was brought to screen by three masters of their crafts: incomparable director Orson Welles; legendary cinematographer George S. Barnes; and co-screenwriter Aldous Huxley. Bronte’s gothic novel has never had a cinematic incarnation like ...

At times brilliant; other times just campy good fun

I love Doctor Who and have since I was a kid. NuWho and classic Doctor Who. At times it is brilliant science fiction that examines social issues; sometimes it’s just campy good fun. But it’s ...

Dumbest quotes ever made

My favorite TV show is RuPaul’s Drag Race. Why? Because it’s RuPaul! And who doesn’t love RuPaul? I love this TV show because it’s the greatest TV show ever made. I mean, who wouldn’t want ...

Movies to watch on repeat

The theme: dancing

I can watch Paris Is Burning and Frances Ha on repeat but for entirely different reasons. Paris Is Burning (USA, 1990, Academy Entertainment) is a documentary centered on the intricate, underground Ball culture. While the ...

A psychological thriller and an easy watch

Donnie Darko (USA, 2001, New Market Films) is a psychological thriller. Jake Gyllenhaal is Donnie, a very attractive yet very troubled young man. Donnie has visions of Frank, a large demonic bunny rabbit who guides ...

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