Argo: This Is The Best Bad Idea We Have

Argo tells an incredibly true story of how the CIA used a fake science-fiction film to rescue six American diplomats during the Iran hostage crisis. “This is the best bad idea we have, sir,” Jack O’Donnell (Bryan Cranston) tells C.I.A Director Stansfield Turner (Phillip Baker Hall). “By far.” The best bad idea not only saves six American lives but manages to win an Oscar.  A few of them, actually.  The fact that the CIA turns…

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Dolphin Reef: A Trip to the Polynesian Islands

Dolphin Reef takes us on a journey to the Polynesian Islands in the southern Pacific Ocean as we follow a pair of Pacific bottlenose dolphins. Echo is a three-year-old Pacific bottlenose dolphin.  He’s still young and has so much more to learn.  Much to the dismay of mother Kumu, he just wants to explore the coral reef and its inhabitants.  Like with any environment, there’s an ecosystem and everyone has their part.  Though I should…

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Elephant: Disneynature Documentary Follows Herd

Elephant–narrated by Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex–is one of two documentaries from Disneynature that are being released on Disney+ on April 3, 2020. Disneynature is known for being the studio arm that brings viewers captivating documentaries timed to Earth Day.  This year, it just so happens that we are blessed with not one film but two of them.  It may end up being a blessing in disguise because we’re couped up and need a vacation. …

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The Departed: A Martin Scorsese Masterpiece

The Departed continues filmmaker Martin Scorsese’s trend of making at least one motion picture masterpiece per decade–this time, winning an Oscar. Even though the film adapts a story from another country, the filmmakers still find a way to tie it to Boston.  This is one of the best ideas to go into the film.  For all intents and purposes, mob boss Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) is Whitey Bulger.  Basically, the film deals with crime and…

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White Heat: One of James Cagney’s Finest Roles

Oscar-winning actor James Cagney delivers one of his finest roles in Warner Bros. gangster drama White Heat after being away from the genre. The psychotic Arthur “Cody” Jarrett (James Cagney) is the leader of the aptly named Jarrett gang.  While Cody is married to Verna (Virginia Mayo), one could certainly make the argument that he’s really married to his mother.  The relationship here is certainly a character study in its own right. The gang robs…

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The Life of Emile Zola: Warner’s First Best Picture

The Life of Emile Zola might not be remembered like other films but the biopic gave Warner Bros. their first Best Picture in studio history. Emile Zola (Paul Muni) is a writer that took up Captain Alfred Dreyfus’ (Joseph Schildkraut) cause after he was falsely accused and convicted of a crime he did not commit.  Zola risks his entire career by publishing J’Accuse…! in a French paper.  By getting involved, Zola would later be tried…

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The Scheme: Christian Dawkins Tells All

Christian Dawkins reveals everything about the biggest scandal to ever hit college basketball in HBO’s newest documentary, The Scheme. A few years ago, the average college basketball fan probably didn’t even know who Dawkins even was.  Now?  Everybody does.  The scandal led to Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino being forced out from the University of Louisville.  Louisville fans probably didn’t want to be in the news again.  Not like this anyway.  After all, they…

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Casablanca: One of the Greatest Films Ever Made

Almost 80 years after Warner Bros. released the film in theaters, Casablanca remains one of the greatest films of all time. Bogart and Bergman in performances that would also define both of their careers.  It was a match made in heaven in casting the film.  A love story that was also doomed from the very beginning. Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), who remains neutral, runs Rick’s Café Americaine.  It’s December 1941 and this is before the…

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Confessions of a Nazi Spy: A Huge Risk

Confessions of a Nazi Spy was seen as a huge risk for Warner Bros. at the time because it dared speak out against Nazi Germany at the time. When Dr. Karl Kassel (Paul Lukas) makes his way to the United States, his main goal is to persuade German Americans to support the Nazi cause.  Kurt Schneider (Francis Lederer), unemployed at the time, ends up joining the cause and becomes a spy.  Schneider sends a letter…

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The Brothers Warner: A Warner Bros. Documentary

The Brothers Warner is the companion documentary to Cass Warner Sperling’s book and the film examines the Warner Brothers family and the studio’s legacy. If there’s someone who can tell the Warner story, it’s Cass Warner Sperling.  The fact that she’s Harry Warner’s grandaughter doesn’t hurt.  This relationship helps to lend the film more of the personal story it needs.  We get Cass’ personal stories about not only Harry but growing up within this famous…

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