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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Best “Nice” Movies

Niceness is not something that is generally held up as an upper-tier virtue in society. Instead we just got through another nasty election season consisting of battle-lines drawn, weapons hurled, and an election night that resulted in a "choose-your-own-story" victory narrative in which the only real consensus reached was that we are an increasingly divided …

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Best Foreign Movies (For People Who Aren’t Into Foreign Movies)

The classic conundrum for me as an avid cinephile is how to get your average movie fan to actually like some of my more esoteric favourites. A constant thought exercise for me  is trying to figure out how to get the person who thinks Michael Bay’s filmography represents the pinnacle of cinema to watch and …

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