Falling Down

Any cup has a limit to the amount of liquid it can hold. We all have a cup. Some of us have paper cups fit for a water cooler. Others have tall glasses (sturdy but capable of shattering). Mine happens to be a coffee mug (it’s suitable for hot water but fills up quickly). Life is the liquid for our cups. Some people like to chug. I prefer to sip. When life gives us more than we are capable of drinking at one time, we depend on our cups to hold the balance. Sometimes, life keeps filling our cups until the liquid spills over. Breakdowns occur. I am a survivor of child abuse. I suffer from severe mental illness on a daily basis. I know what it’s like to stare at a full cup of life and wonder whether another drop is about to drip. I have done it many times. Falling Down (1993) came out when I was in high school. I loved it then and it’s remained one of my favorite films. It makes me really grateful that those drops never dripped.

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Superman Fans

I want all of the Superman fans to consider that the Man of Steel’s logo is in the form of a diamond. I have no doubt that he would be a supporter of man-made diamonds. In Superman III (1983), he even created a diamond from a lump of coal using the pressure and heat from his hands. Superman would love the fact that red and blue diamonds are readily available thanks to man-made diamonds. He would want Lois Lane to have the most remarkable diamonds in existence. Superman would never approve of diamond mining operations. After all, he knew what having your planet destroyed feels like.

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Different

All organisms strive to survive. Human beings are the most intelligent of them all. Familiarity is key to our survival. We often gravitate to people who are similar to ourselves. It is much easier to connect with others who have things in common with ourselves. These things often include physical attributes such as skin color. People who do not have much in common with ourselves are different. Different is unfamiliar. Different is a possible threat to our survival. I was a boy when Do The Right Thing (1989) was first released in theaters. I enjoyed it but not nearly as much as when I saw it in a film class in college. I have never seen anything else like it. This film provides you with a wonderful opportunity to reexamine yourself. You may not like what you find.

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Bad Boys

The primary reason that most of us watch fictional movies is to subject our minds and emotions to experiences that carry no real life consequences. We get to cheat at life. We all hunger for some experiences that are not part of our realities. Sometimes this hunger is for what is dangerous or not good for us. Bad Boys (1983) satisfies such a hunger. The writing is brilliant. Sean Penn and Esai Morales are sensational. This powerful film has a lot to digest. Bring your appetite.

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Crumb

I can’t draw to save my life. I have always wished that I could. When I was in junior high, I had my father buy me a copy of How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way by Stan Lee and John Buscema. This excellent book ended up being a waste of money. When I saw that the exercises did not come easy for me and that I was going to have to develop my drawing skills through a lot of effort and dedication, I lost interest. This ordeal augmented my admiration for cartoonists. I came across Crumb (1994) in a documentary film class that I took in college. I was astonished. I lost my affinity for Robert Crumb very early but never for this fantastic peek into his reality. He is a gifted cartoonist with a twisted mind. Perhaps his work’s impact would suffer if he wasn’t so twisted. Perhaps this documentary’s impact would suffer if he wasn’t so twisted. Watch this film and see what you think.

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From The Eyes Of Babes

When I was around six years old, I used all of my strength to pick up my television from my nightstand. It was much heavier than it looked. I fell back. The next thing I knew, I was sandwiched between my television and my bedroom’s floor. My mother heard the fall and rushed into my room with a belt. She proceeded to beat me with the television on top of me. My dad came in and covered me with his body. He lifted the television off of me and took me to the hospital for x-rays. Luckily, I had no broken ribs. All of this transpired because I was pretending to be the Hulk. The Incredible Hulk (tv series) was broadcast by CBS from 1978 to 1982. I loved this show as a boy. I have always proclaimed that The Incredible Hulk is my favorite television show of all time. You could imagine how excited I was when I obtained the complete television series on DVD.

I watched the episodes in order and stopped halfway through the second season. I could not sit through another episode. I realized that this is a terrible show. It is utterly dense. I felt ashamed for liking this show as a child. Then it hit me. Adults never really enjoy movies or television shows in the same manner as children do. Children have a purity that allows them to enjoy works that are simple. This purity exists on intellectual and emotional levels. This is nothing to be ashamed about. It’s wonderful. Children are deeply affected by the slightest impacts to their emotions and intellects. When we are children, everything is new. We do not have that “seen that already” mind-set when we seek enjoyment. This comes later and it prevents us from enjoying works that are less sophisticated. This is something that we should all keep in mind before shelling out the bucks on favorite works from our childhoods. I know I will.

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Cape Fear

A distinctive type of fear results when you realize that one of your terrible mistakes has come back to haunt you. This fear can be felt throughout the entire body. It is the basis of one of the most gripping films ever made. I saw Cape Fear (1991) when it was theatrically released. I was a freshman in high school. I was mesmerized from the opening scene to the end credits. I enjoyed this film so much that I wrote my college application essay on it. This did not seem like an odd thing to do at the time. I will always believe that the reason I do not like The Silence Of The Lambs (1991) is because I saw it soon after watching Cape Fear. Despite Anthony Hopkins’s brilliant performance, The Silence Of The Lambs was boring in comparison. So my advice is to see The Silence Of The Lambs first if you are going to watch them both in the foreseeable future. Trust me on this one.

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The Thin Blue Line

I have a big appetite for documentaries. I developed a taste for them upon taking a documentary film course in college. I can enjoy these films without taking the presented information at face value. There will be a slant. However, such slants should be looked at as part of the fun. It is up to the viewer to differentiate what is biased from what is actual. The Thin Blue Line (1988), by Errol Morris, is one of my favorite documentaries. This film is remarkably compelling. Its slant is as well.

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Strangers On A Train

I have encountered many evils in my years. The most damaging kind has come from unbalanced people who were trying to lead balanced lives. There are various reasons why some of us end up unbalanced. Chemical imbalances, tragic events, and terrible childhoods often tip the scales. Unbalanced people are mentally unstable. They harbor twisted notions of right and wrong. Many wrongs can result when these individuals do what they believe is alright. These wrongs are especially serious when an unbalanced person is psychotic. Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train (1951) is a film about such wrongs. It is a masterpiece with a lot of brilliance to digest.

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Chariots Of Fire

Some films are too powerful for me to watch more than once. I realize that this makes very little sense but it is the truth. Some films are not powerful enough for me to watch a second time. This happens to be the case with Chariots Of Fire (1981). I enjoyed the film’s score a lot more than the film. In fact, the only reason that I wanted to see the film in the first place was due to its instrumental theme, Titles (1981), by Vangelis. This piece is better known as Chariots Of Fire. It is inspirational, motivational, and quite sensational. I think most of you will agree.

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