20 Years Later: Does It Hold Up? A Revisit of Titanic, Face/Off, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, The Fifth Element, and Men In Black.

Nostalgia is a strange beast as it has the wonderful capability of giving everything in your past a rose-colored tint and smoothing over a whole bunch of things that were problematic or just plainly sucked. In many ways 1997 is peak nostalgia for my movie watching days as it represents the year when I went …

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10th Year Anniversary: Persepolis

Marjane Satrapi's powerful autobiography Persepolis is a lot of things. It is a unique history of the monumental political shifts that happened in Iran between the 1970s and 1990s. It is a powerful statement against the opponents of free speech and expression. It gives fascinating insight into the specific dangers that women face in both liberated …

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10th Year Anniversary: The Darjeeling Limited

There is a moment halfway through the movie where Francis (Owen Wilson), Jack (Jason Schwartzman), and Peter (Adrien Brody) find themselves in the middle of rural India on a bus. An Indian man stares at them incredulously and asks "What are you doing in this place?" and without skipping a beat Francis answers with utter …

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Back to School: Diabolique

Famously Henri-Georges Clouzot's school-yard chiller Diabolique closes with a placard begging the viewer not to reveal the ending of the movie. Unlike most spoiler warnings, this request is not made because the movie's magic falls apart once the reveals are made. Even on my fourth viewing this film managed to capture my attention and rope …

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