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AFI film school #19: Silence of the Lambs — Genre at its best

A film full of quotes that are still recited by people who haven’t even seen it…

AFI film school #18: Toy Story — Beyond infinity

A question often asked is “what makes a Pixar film so much better than other…

AFI film school #17: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? — Not me

Up until I hit “watch” on Netflix, I thought I was about to see a biopic on some of the racier moments of Virginia Woolf’s life. Instead…

AFI film school #16: Gone with the Wind — Hungry again

Eighty years ago a movie came out that affected movies forever. Sure, the same could be said…

AFI film school #15: Midnight Cowboy — I'm talking here

There is no movie like this one…

Petition Granted -- Why most show finales suck and what to do about it

You invest years into a show. An hour a week--maybe around a hundred hours overall. Talking about it with your friends…

AFI film school #14: Do the Right Thing — The truth Ruth

Overall, this movie is asking a question, and it’s a question that Mookie could have asked Da Mayor after he delivered the film’s titular line: “what is the right thing…

AFI film school #13: The Wizard of Oz — Home away from home

One of the most beautiful things about the film is its simplicity. It’s a clarity often found in family films. The more “adult” a movie gets…

AFI film school #12: 2001: A Space Odyssey — A movie and a monolith

I have to admit: doing these film analyses of the AFI top 100 movies is a daunting task. Not only is it…

AFI film school #11: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest — Medication time

This is a personal one for me, as this particular movie is what made me want to make movies…