My Neighbor Totoro

By Paul Miller on May 8, 2013

My Neighbor Totoro, by Hayao Miyazaki  My Neighbor Totoro (1988) is a quiet, calm, beautiful film. There is no dialogue for very long stretches of story while characters explore, watch, and discover—akin to the opening sequence of WALL-e. There is…

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The General: A Train Full of Laughs

By Paul Miller on May 1, 2013

Review of The General, Directed by Buster Keaton In our effort to blog our way through the American Film Institute’s Top 100 Films, I picked out one of the few movies on the list I had not only not seen,…

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Here’s Looking at You, Casablanca!

By Alexis Neal on April 24, 2013

Review of Casablanca, Directed by Michael Curtiz It’s December of 1941 in sunny, depressing Casablanca, where refugees flock in an attempt to flee the ravages of Nazi-infested Europe. They flock to Vichy-controlled Casablanca, and there they stay—unless Captain Louis Renault…

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The Raiders of the Lost Ark Discover That “Our God is a Consuming Fire”

By Paul Miller on April 10, 2013

Review of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Directed by Steven Spielberg When I was growing up, I read a lot of The Hardy Boys and The Sugar Creek Gang series, adventure stories in which boys solve mysteries, chase bad guys,…

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May the Force Be With You

By Paul Miller on April 3, 2013

Review of Star Wars, Directed by George Lucas  If you ask a cinephile what his favorite decade was, chances are he will pick the 1970s.  That decade was full of movies that movie lovers love to love–really dark, gritty, tragic,…

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Howl’s Moving Castle

By Kendrick Kuo on March 11, 2013

Review of Howl’s Moving Castle, Directed by Hayao Miyazaki Rating: 8/10 Howl’s Moving Castle tells the story of a young woman named Sophie, who owns a hat store in a European-looking town. War is coming to the kingdom. It so…

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Robin Williams, Biblical Counselor: Good Will Hunting

By Paul Miller on March 4, 2013

Review of Good Will Hunting, Directed by Gus Van Sant By PAUL D. MILLER Will Hunting is preternaturally brilliant, but has a troubled soul. His friends–Chucky, Morgan, and Billy, from Boston’s rough South Side–work menial jobs and pass the time…

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Gonna Fly Now; Or, the American (Non)Gospel

By Alexis Neal on December 31, 2012

Review of Rocky, Directed by John D. Avildsen By ALEXIS NEAL I feel a little silly describing the plot of Rocky (1976). Still, I know there may be a few young whippersnappers out there who never sat around on Saturday…

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Django Discusses Race

By Kendrick Kuo on December 25, 2012

Review of Django Unchained, Directed by Quentin Tarantino By KENDRICK KUO Django Unchained is everything you would expect from a Tarantino film. Much in the same vein as Inglorious Basterds, this story is a historical one. Instead of Nazi Germany,…

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Lord of the Rings: A Timeless Trilogy

By Paul Miller on December 13, 2012

Review of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Directed by Peter Jackson By PAUL D. MILLER It is hard to remember how firmly entrenched the conventional wisdom was that The Lord of the Rings was unfilmable. A disastrous animated attempt…

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