Things I Love About Cinema A-Z

This was originally published, on another site, as a submission to a blogathon hosted by Mettel Ray in 2012. Huge kudos and shout outs to anyone who can name all the films/books/TV programs pictured here. 🙂

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A ~ Anime — Something that, through the years, my kids and I have enjoyed equally — what a gift!

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B ~ Bat-Crap Crazy Characters — Delightful in books and film. In real life … not so much.

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C ~ Cinematic Realism — worlds so real I feel like a voyeur.

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D ~ Dysfunctional Families — who struggle yet have moments of connection, love, and joy.

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E ~ Excellent Dialogue — and sometimes a film deserves bonus points for particularly eloquent use of profanity.

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F ~ Flights of Fancy — vivid, imaginative storytelling that celebrates the imagination.

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G ~ Glimpses Into Other Cultures

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H ~ Historical Books & Films

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I ~ Imaginary Worlds

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J ~ Jumping Down the Rabbit Hole — stories that challenge our perception of reality.

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K — Kooky Comedies

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L ~ Love Stories —

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 … whether they be classic …

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… or unconventional …

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M ~ Morally Ambiguous Characters — such as a character you’re inclined to loathe but can’t entirely dismiss. Or a bully or who is capable of enduring love.

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N ~ Non-Linear Storylines

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O ~ Ordinary People Who Are Really Extraordinary

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P ~ Philosophical Perspectives

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Q — Quirky Characters

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R ~ Raw Emotion — grief, regret, and deep — often unspoken — anguish is part of what binds us together as humans, and literature and films remind us that we are not alone.

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S ~ Surrealism — because everyone needs a good mind-fuck now and then.

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T ~ Thrillers  — especially unpredictable thrillers where the dynamics among the characters keep changing.

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U ~ Underrated Gems

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V ~ Villains — Rich moral ambiguity can be a great strength in a story or character, but sometimes we just want a straight-up bad guy toward whom we feel pure, unadulterated, utterly gratifying hatred. Even if he’s just a malicious, megalomaniacal little shit.

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W ~ Wibbledy Wobbledy Timey-Wimey — I dearly love sci-fi and fantasy, especially if it involves parallel universes or time travel.

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X ~ Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters — because many of us need to be reminded that being “different” or “weird” can be a tremendous source of strength.

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Y ~ Youthful Favorites — to share with my kids.

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Z ~ Zombies and Zombie Killers — For their sheer badassery.

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