Lists by GeorgeHarrington

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From spoofs of important literary figures your kids should know about in "Midnight in Paris" to Forrest Gump donning his magic shoes and a City Slicker saving a calf, family movies depend on important, educational messages as much as they do on clean language and content.
 
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Pun intended: the women in science-fiction films -- and all the sub-genres -- have beauty that can be as extraordinary as the ideas that invade the films themselves. From asking for John Connor in a way that'll make you want to travel across time, to actually sexy scenes, this list should jog your memory.
 
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From asking what movie the line "What a dump!" comes from to enjoying outrageous puns aboard a dipping "Airplane!"...from the general who became a slave who became a gladiator to a prisoner of "Oz" who schemes and romances all at once...this list asks a little open-mindedness, too. Have you ever been in a Turkish prison? Do you like movies about gladiators? Have you ever seen a list like this?
 
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From wielding the weight of war to conveying the cunning of the kiss, from reframing reflections to contemplating the echo of the embrace, cinema depends as much on its motion picture as on the still images the camera can capture.
 
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Romeo advises Juliet in the famous masked ball scene to "let lips do what hands do"... perhaps the greatest smooth operator line known to drama. Would make "Blurred Lines" quite jealous. But sometimes the moments leading up to the consummation are not as smooth, however, producing comedy or drama in that all-nameless, anticipatory way.
 
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From "Make my day" to making a traditional Western, the genre features bad boys and their leading ladies in wayward, oftentimes honorable quests for money, revenge and fame...all while Mother Nature watches from the sidelines and contributes in ways that only She can.
 
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What really gives a movie actor staying power? The perception that there was nobody like him or her before certainly helps, and that is a main line of reasoning as to the success of Arnold Schwarzenegger on screen.

However, the main image here is of Arnold as the Terminator on the famed motorcycle, and I believe this is a recreation -- whether on purpose or not -- of the predecessor to smoldering cinematic manliness, Marlon Brando in "The Wild One". (There might also be a parallel to Marcello Mastroianni). These kind of on-screen echoes and their bases in reason and/or chance are an intriguing aspect of studying film history: they occur all over the place, across cultures and on-camera republics. Consider Charlie Sheen in "Hot Shots", an echo of Sylvester Stallone in "Rambo", as an example of the purposeful parallel by comedy. The cinematic resonance via drama, however, is tougher, and offers more insight into the nature of drama itself. Suffice it to say that there is something inherently dramatic and comedic about Schwarzenegger, in a different ratio than it existed with Brando, and this unpredictability secured him a pivotal place in the cinematic imagination.
 
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Every film director finds the close-up appealing and crucial in his or her own way, and the result for moviegoers is either endearing or forgettable -- or somewhere in between. Woody Allen's oeuvre, in awesome steps, traverses the spectrum between comedy and drama, often cleverly combining the two in a single shot-glass (as his most recent heroine would do). So here's a question: what do people think of the extreme care he gives to the close-up?

Pay attention to this with his most recent film, "Blue Jasmine". Not only does time seem to operate differently in the Woody Allen close-up compared to the work of other directors; in an incredible nuance, it seems to stand apart from how time is conveyed elsewhere in his own films. The Woody Allen close-up, quite simply, seems to have a mind and time of its own. This is a study for every film director, but it is especially intriguing when the director fuses comedy and drama in a unique, fast manner that thrives so much on words. The Woody Allen close-up, in general, seems to be taking place more slowly, in contrast to the witty quickness that the screenplay shows. Not many true close-ups were available, so just use this list to jog your memory; but it is undeniable that Woody Allen is a master of bringing important nuance to this specific form. The final close-up in "Blue Jasmine" is just so memorable: as Cate Blanchett's eyes slowly wander, confused by a haunting memory, our eyes stare directly ahead at yet another Woody Allen classic.