La Bamba

Story of Ritchie Valens, 1950’s star.  Lou Diamond Phillips is really good and the music will make you move!

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Godless

I must subconsciously be on a Western kick, fueled by my (very conscious) views on the political state of morality and truth

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The Red Shoes

Little inside family story here.  The daughter of one of our closest friends, whom we have known almost her entire life, is an outstanding dancer. 

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The Jerk

This one comes from me, not Ben, and it is both silly and, for me, hysterical.  The movie stars Steve Martin (who, when he is good, is one of my favorite comedians) leaving his rural home, a home in which he, a white man, is being raised in a poor African American household, to find his “special purpose.”

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Oliver! 

I am going to combine my love of the music in this film with our approaching holidays…and then sprinkle in the fact that, apparently, because I looked just like the lead in the film, the movie made my Aunt Rose cry every time she saw it.  Oliver!, made in 1968, is the tale of a boy who runs away from an orphanage only to take up running with a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor.

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A Quiet Passion

The Film Professor weighs in again!  A Quiet Passion is the story of Emily Dickenson in her earlier days.  The Film Professor’s view of the movie is as follows:  “Emily Dickenson’s life told slowly, thoughtfully and impressively.  A challenging film.”  Enough said, go watch it!

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