Citizen Kane

#1 – Citizen Kane

A particularly interesting aspect of Citizen Kane is the film’s message about pride and integrity, shown through the decline of the main character, Charles Foster Kane.  When he first acquires The New York Inquirer, Kane publishes a “Declaration of Principles,” in which he states, “I will provide the people of this city with a daily…

To Kill a Mockingbird

#25 – To Kill a Mockingbird

While there are many things I love about this film, one of the parts I enjoy the most is the main titles.  These aren’t something I generally think of when considering a film’s artistic elements, but the main titles of To Kill a Mockingbird are worth discussing. There have certainly been some creative titles in…

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The Best Films: Watching the AFI’s Top 100

Last year I was attempting to determine which films are considered the “best,” and I discovered the two editions of the American Film Institute’s “100 Years… 100 Movies” list.  I had seen a few of the films on the lists, and decided to work on watching the rest.  Since that time, I have seen about…

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is, quite expectedly, a great adaption of the book!  I wouldn’t say it achieves the level of perfection that the Lord of the Rings trilogy has, but it is a fun return to Middle-earth, and there are certain parts of the story that are depicted especially well (including the connections…

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Pre-Hobbit Thoughts

The release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey today is something that I have been looking forward to for years.  The Hobbit is the first book by J.R.R. Tolkien that I read and is probably my favorite of his work.  One aspect of the story that I love is how (like the Lord of the…