Hall of Fame #5: My Neighbor Totoro (Studio Ghibli #3)

"Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 18:3) I first showed My Neighbor Totoro to my oldest child when she was two. It wasn't the first movie I had attempted to show her, but in all my previous attempts she only ever …

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Hall of Fame #4: All About Eve

Hollywood is generally not known for being the most "truth-telling" of industries. It is an industry that makes bank by over-dramatizing mundane real-life situations, it dresses up romance to be unrealistically spectacular and thus unachievable, and it peddles in entertaining action and violence while shielding the audience from that violence's real-life implications. But there is …

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Hall of Fame #3: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

Much like E.T. the alien himself waddling unbeknownst past Mary, the matriarch of a suburban home, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial similarly seems to be a movie that seems to maintain a very low profile in my day-to-day psyche. And yet every time I see this movie again I am reminded that like its titular alien it is a …

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