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Okay — last time we talked about how we all tend to wear masks to conceal our true selves, and to hide from the shame we carry within us…

But every now and then, rays of light will slip past our masks, touching our hearts and minds in some way. This we can call wonder.

We can all appreciate the occurrence of wonder.  But we also realize that when we take off our masks, our scars are exposed.

Then what? (more…)

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Well I love inspirational stories, but I can’t say I’m over-fond of Hallmark, Lifetime, or any other similar storytelling outlets.  And for essentially the same reason…

…that is, I think inspirational stories are important, and should be taken seriously (no offense intended to those who like Hallmark or Lifetime; let us be content with begging to differ).

Stephen Chbosky’s Wonder has that happy distinction of being a tearjerker without being a nerve-jerker, a movie that tugs at the heartstrings without (more…)

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Welcome to “Cinema Saturday,” a variation of the “Film Clip Friday” thing I tried a couple years ago.

Merry Christmas! 🙂

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“Memories…”

NOTE: Video included ONLY for aesthetic purposes (couldn’t find a “Hank the octopus” movie still I could use)

The developing relationship between Dory and Hank (Ed O’Neill) is especially interesting.

Hank, for undisclosed reasons, wants more than anything to avoid going back to the open ocean.  So he promises to help Dory locate her parents on the condition that she give him her quarantine tag, which will put him on a truck bound for a Cleveland aquarium.  There he can live out the rest of his days in a glass tank.

What intrigues me is the importance of memory in this relationship. (more…)

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Well Disney-Pixar managed a modern-day classic with 2003’s Finding Nemo.  Normally I would say: “Quit while you’re ahead” (that’s why I’m apprehensive, to say the least, about the proposed sequel to Frozen).

But co-writer/director Andrew Stanton appears to have put the last 13 years to good use in further honing his talent.  Finding Dory retains much of Nemo‘s charm, while taking the story in some humorous and surprising new directions. (more…)

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(It’s 11:27 on Thursday night — close enough)

Yes, this is traditionally considered a Christmas movie.  But they sing “Auld Lang Syne” at the end, so the clip can work for either holiday.

The best video I could find encompassed the last nine minutes of the film.  For the relevant portion of the clip, click here.

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Acknowledgements

“It’s A Wonderful Life” by National Telefilm Associates – Screenshot of the movie. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:It%27s_A_Wonderful_Life.jpg#/media/File:It%27s_A_Wonderful_Life.jpg

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It’s film clip Friday again…and also Christmas Day.  Who says you can’t kill two birds — or maybe we should say two turtledoves — with one stone?

Enjoy 🙂

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