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Five Movies About Con Men

When you’re watching a movie about a con, there’s always a nervousness and unease in the back of your mind that maybe you’re getting conned too.

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Five Movies About Race Car Drivers

As one of the only three real sports – the other two being bull fighting and mountaineering of course, at least according to Ernest Hemingway (or Ken Purdy or Barnaby Conrad, depending on whom you believe) – motor sports attracts some dynamic and colorful characters.

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Five Movies About Groups of People Trapped Together

A lot of movies owe a conceptual debt to Jean-Paul Sartre’s play No Exit, and its most famous line “Hell is other people.” Nothing can get under your skin like someone who makes it impossible for you to ignore your own flaws and shortcomings.

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Five Movies About the Aftermath of War

War is hell, and there are plenty of movies showing that to us. Platoon, Paths of Glory, Saving Private Ryan, The Hurt Locker, The Bridge Over the River Kwai, The Longest Day, Apocalypse Now are all great movies. The drama inherent in war makes it a prime subject for movies, of course, and the scope of battle lends itself particularly well to the visual medium. But what happens when the war is over, and the soldiers return home? What about movies that deal with the “after”?

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Five Movies About How Prostitution Isn’t Like Pretty Woman

There are a few movies out there that are widely liked, but which I simply can’t stand. Pretty Woman is one of those movies. While part of my dislike for Pretty Woman is simply a consequence of me generally not being a fan of fairy tales, there’s something else about it that always bothered me.

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Five Movies About Directors

Some people like to watch movies the same way they eat sausages; ignorant to the process that led up to it, and the things that went into it. I understand that point of view, but don’t always share it.

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Five Movies About Music in the 70’s

I was a child during the 1970’s, so I saw and heard firsthand – often by AM car radio – to the music of the decade. At home, my father listened to Bob Dylan and my mother listened to Elton John and Donna Summer. (Yes, they got divorced pretty soon after they married…)

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Five Movies About High School Reunions

I’ve always struggled to understand the appeal of the high school reunion. For the ruling elite (namely the jocks and cheerleaders back when I was in school), a common direction for their lives to go after graduation is down, so why attend an event that serves as a reminder of how far they’ve fallen?

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Five Movies About Parenting

Parenting can be tough. No matter how well you think you’re prepared, or how well-adjusted your children are, you’ll always have doubts. Am I doing the right thing? Am I doing enough? Am I doing too much?

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About This Website

I am neither a film critic nor a film reviewer – I’m just a fan of movies. But I’m a big fan.

Once you’ve seen enough of them, your mind starts making links and connections.  You see similarities between different types of movies, or movies from different eras.  You note that certain themes seem to appear over and over, sometimes with slight differences, and other times with significant ones.  I like exploring these similarities across different movies, and I’m curious to learn what other people think.

These aren’t meant to be the “best” five, by any means.  In fact, I think sometimes it’s worth watching a really bad movie or two, just to keep the context of the ratings spectrum in mind.