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Visiting My Neighbor Totoro

The childhood films countdown rolls along at Wonders in the Dark, and my contributions continue with a look at the movie voted into the #54 spot. From 1988, it’s legendary Japanese director/animator Hayao Miyazaki’s stunning, magical My Neighbor Totoro: What’s most fascinating about My Neighbor Totoro is how it portrays the two young girls, who are allowed…

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Entering Pan’s Labyrinth

  This year, for their annual extended film countdown, the inimitable folks at Wonders in the Dark have chosen to focus on films about childhood. I was, as always, quite honored to be extended an invitation to participate, and my first contribution is now live on the site. At #58, it’s one of my very…

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Punishing Mildred Pierce

Mildred: “I want you to have nice things. And you will have. Wait and see. I’ll get you everything. Anything you want. I promise.” Veda: “How?” Mildred: “I don’t know. But I will. I promise.” The title character of the 1945 classic Mildred Pierce, based on the 1941 novel by James M. Cain, is inarguably one of…

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Stock Your Shelves IV

Here’s yet another round-up of some great current deals out there. Let’s just call it our public service to anyone looking to add to their personal film collection (we totally don’t need a shopping intervention. Not at all). As always, please note that the sale prices listed are accurate as of posting, and may be…

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Five Years and Counting …

Today, November 30th, marks the fifth anniversary of True Classics! And though our posting has slowed down quite a bit this year (life, dahlings, life), we are still kicking–and still planning on hosting our annual anniversary contest as a “thank you” to our lovely, loyal readers. So let’s get down to the details: who wants…