Tag Archives: Travis Ryan

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

“You claim that I am sent by the Devil. It’s not true. To make me suffer, the Devil has sent you… and you… and you… and you.” Some films are bathed in magic. I first heard about this movie about … Continue reading

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Hoop Dreams (1994)

“My mother, God bless her, she’s always said in America you can make something of your life.” There’s nothing like a fine documentary, and Hoop Dreams is one of the finest. The premise hooked me right away. I often wonder about all … Continue reading

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Night of the Living Dead (1968)

“I ‘ought to drag you out there and feed you to those things.” I think the remarkable thing about Night of the Living Dead, the first great zombie movie, is that it digs so deep; it’s hardly a movie about zombies at … Continue reading

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Cinema Paradiso (1988)

“Life isn’t like in the movies. Life is much harder.” The last few months have been strong, with another magnificent film. Cinema Paradiso feels like the heartwarming classic they’d show on movie day in a middle school classroom. It’s very conventional; how … Continue reading

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Cool Hand Luke (1967)

“Sometimes nothin’ can be a real cool hand.” Cool Hand Luke is an American film by all accounts. It boasts a rebellious, masculine spirit that seems to triumph against convention. It’s a loose ensemble piece with a mysterious Christ figure at … Continue reading

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Roger & Me (1989)

“Some people just don’t like to celebrate human tragedy while on vacation.” I think a lot of Michael Moore’s charm has faded over the years, even among those who agree with his views. His gonzo style can be off putting, … Continue reading

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Seven Samurai (1954)

“Listen, I’m not a man with any special skill, but I’ve had plenty of experience in battles; losing battles, all of them. In short, that’s all I am.” I think a great movie should leave me with a lot to … Continue reading

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