The Lion King: A Beloved Disney Animated Classic

With a photo-realistic adaptation on the way, beloved Disney animated classic The Lion King celebrated 25 years last month. Once upon a time, filmmakers John Musker and Ron Clements passed on doing The Lion King.  Their loss is Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff’s gain.  While the duo went on to give us Aladdin, they felt that nobody wanted to see a movie about lions in the jungle.  How did this work out?  Not only would…

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To Dust: Chasidic Jew Has Existential Questions

To Dust seeks to ask some existential questions about death by way of an absurdist comedy about a grieving Chasidic cantor and a divorced biology teacher. The film starts out with a series of quotes including from Kohelet 12:7:  “Then the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to G-d who gave it.”  The film takes a literal approach to these words rather than Rashi’s interpretation.  The debate over…

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Election: One of The Best Political Satire Comedies

Approaching its 20th anniversary in May 2019, Alexander Payne’s Election remains one of the best political satire comedies of all time. Three-time teacher of the year Jim McCallister (Matthew Broderick) is one of G.W. Carver High School’s popular teachers.  He also has some sort of vendetta against Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon).  McCallister puts a plan together the very moment in which Flick decides to run for class president. Earlier in the year, Tracy had been involved…

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