Coming To America

I’d just like to point out that there was no diamond mining in Zamunda.

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Black Panther

I’d just like to point out that there was no diamond mining in Wakanda.

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My Idea For A Hit Sequel

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’s Remains

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It

It (2017) disappointed me. No horror film should base most of its thrills on silly decisions that characters are too smart to make. You end up with a ridiculous work that mature audiences should be too smart to become emotionally involved in. It is a terrible horror movie. Great acting and witty dialogue were the only things that kept me awake. Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986) is one of my favorite horror films. Julian Beck’s brilliant performance as Rev. Henry Kane dominates the entire picture despite the fact that he is barely in it. He sends chills like no actor I have ever come across. This film was never accorded the critical acclaim it deserved. It has garnered rave reviews. You figure it out.

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Rings (2017)

I keep seeing posters for an upcoming scary movie called Rings. I’m guessing it’s a film about blood diamonds in our rings. I don’t quite remember the tagline but it was something like First you wear itThen you cry.

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House

Our demons obstruct the path to happiness. Certain ones arise through no fault of our own. We must slay them. Chance often brings tragedy. It circumvents good karma. We must handle whatever chance throws our way. I first watched House (1986) in a drive-in movie theater when I was eight years old. It scared the dickens out of me. It’s actually a comedy. I realized this when watching the film as a teenager. I have seen it countless times. Roger Cobb must battle a demon that was created through no fault of his own. He must come to terms with his past and himself. This is a fun movie with serious messages. A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

I rarely like films that are only classified as comedies. Good comedies usually share a drama or romance classification. Straight comedies are usually juvenile or shallow. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) is one of the exceptions. It’s clever and charming from start to finish. It has this in common with its protagonist. This film is a lot of fun. Find some time to enjoy it. Go ahead and take a day off.

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The Graduate

I remember buying my first Playboy. It was the December 1991 issue. I was in the ninth grade. I was in Century City, California at a rehearsal for my older sister’s cotillion. I was wearing a black zip-up hoodie with pockets for both hands. My 16-year-old cousin was my sister’s escort. We had wandered into the hotel’s gift shop during a rehearsal break. I went over to the magazines and spotted Dian Parkinson’s face under the letters P-L-A-Y-B-O-Y. I had to buy it. I grabbed it and went to the lady cashier. She rang me up even though I was underage. I thought, God bless her. My cousin had witnessed the purchase and began to laugh when I turned in his direction. I told him not to tell. As soon as we left the gift shop, I placed the bag against my torso and zipped it up in my hoodie. I walked around the rest of the night with both hands holding up the magazine from my hoodie’s pockets. When I got home, I looked at every last one of its pages. Of course, I spent more time on the pictures than the print. It blew my mind. That was the first of many girlie magazines that I accumulated over the course of about a year. One day, my mother found the stash in my room. She told my father and he lectured me. She approached me about it later and began to cry. I felt like the lowest of the low. It would be another two years before I truly saw the error of my ways. Watching The Graduate (1967) taught me that I should not be wasting time with pictures of Mrs. Robinson while I was waiting for Elaine. It blew my mind.

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Die Hard

Action film is like pop music. This film genre primarily offers works with very little substance. It sells fun to the consumer. This has proven to be quite profitable. I have seen many action films in my time. I like less than a handful. Die Hard (1988) is my favorite. It’s about facing death. It’s about fighting death. It’s about cheating death. It’s about life. There may come a time in life when you must risk flesh and bone in order to do what is right. Never put the flesh before the soul. Death is inevitable. Do not be afraid to die for the right reason. There is a lot more to this film than many people realize. It is a tribute to the warrior. Die Hard redeems an entire film genre.

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Deliverance

Many of us feel that we can determine what we would do in just about any scenario. We play it out in our heads. It is important to realize that we often cannot be sure of how we would handle difficult situations. Playing a scenario out in our heads is not the same as experiencing it. We often cannot allow for all the different factors that would affect our decisions. Additionally, your immediate reaction could differ from what you might have done if you had taken more time to decide. Deliverance (1972) is a phenomenal film that is very relevant to this discourse. It challenged me to explore how well I knew myself. Most of us think that we know ourselves very well. Adversity often proves us wrong.

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