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And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – All About Eve

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By Gary Kafer

      Margo Channing stirs the olive in her dry martini. With a knowing countenance, she plucks out the garnish before swallowing the entire cocktail in one gulp. Handing off the emptied glass, Margo sidles beyond her companions, momentarily pauses on the balustrade, and turns to declare with all the ostentatiousness one might expect from an aging Broadway starlet: “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.”

And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – The Wild Bunch

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By John Smith

The year is 1913. A small town in Texas is alive with music, children laughing, and a Temperance Union parade. Life is simply happening, but soon death and destruction invades the town and symphony of pain and gunfire erupts. This sudden contrast of mood and the unflinching, unapologetic violence makes for one of the most intense and memorable introductions in film history. It also sets the tone for Sam Peckinpah’s brutal anti-Western, The Wild Bunch.

And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – North By Northwest

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By Gary Kafer

It’s often said that you know a Hitchcock film when you see it: the platinum blonde seductress, the motif of mistaken identity, the deployment of famous landmarks, and, of course, the oh-so-oedipal mother/son relationships. Cued in a majority of his movies, these integral elements not only produce groundbreaking moments of suspense, but also signal an auteur at work. It perhaps seems somewhat suspicious, or shall I even say sacrilegious, to consider myself a “film buff” without seeing his 1959 masterpiece North By Northwest, which screenwriter Ernest Lehman reportedly deemed: “the Hitchcock picture to end all Hitchcock pictures.”

And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – Videodrome

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By John Smith

Videodrome. How can a title as mysterious as that not get you curious as to what this movie is about. I’m not here to talk about the title, of course. I’m here to talk about the movie behind that title. David Cronenberg is a name that resonates throughout modern film with movies like Scanners, The Fly, and Eastern Promises. This 1983 film, however, is what has stood the test of time and has quite possibly become even more relevant in this modern day and age. This is Videodrome.

And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

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By Kim Scott

For the past few months, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore had been highly recommended to me by a fellow film buff. “Ah, you’re interested in feminist movies?” the film buff would ask me. And like any sleep deprived college student who says very unfunny things because they’re tired, I settled into a low, manic chuckle before I answered, “Uh, have you read my blog?” (Just kidding, I didn’t say that. I replied with the tasteful, yet simple “Yup.”)

And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – The Rules of the Game

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By Kim Scott

Jean Renoir’s The Rules of the Game (1939) or La Règle du jeu is one of those films that often flies below the pop-culture radar, but for any ‘film buff’, it’s a must watch. I never fail to hear it mentioned in film class, either by my professor or by some astute film buff who boasts a full bookcase of the Criterion collection in the flesh. The Rules of the Game is widely regarded as one of the great masterpieces in the history of cinema, ranking among heavyweights such as Citizen Kane and Bicycle Thieves. Interestingly enough, the film was not recognized as such until about a decade after its initial release.

And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – The Sixth Sense

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By Gary Kafer

Even for someone who never saw M. Night Shyamalan’s 1999 masterpiece in theaters or kept up interest with the director’s career, Cole Sear’s iconic line, “I see dead people” (whispered by a haunting Haley Joel Osment), has become a landmark for contemporary supernatural dramas. However, the film always remained on the periphery of my cinephile radar, ironically for the very reason it was such a success when it debuted – its twist ending.

And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – Dazed and Confused

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BY Fletcher Gelber

Once in a while, a film comes along that makes you not only question your position as a film buff, but also question your entire generation. This event came to pass when I recently watched the cult classic Dazed and Confused, a film that follows groups of high school seniors and upcoming freshman on their last day of school/first day of summer in the year 1976. There are two unwavering facts that I am completely sure of after watching this film — Dazed and Confused is one of the greatest films ever made, and my parents had it much, much better.

And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – The Breakfast Club

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BY Will Torrence

To be honest, the reason I haven’t seen The Breakfast Club was probably because of the plot. Watching a movie about five high school students surviving a Saturday detention didn’t really sound that appealing to me. I mean — I have had my fair share of detentions, so why would I want to watch a whole movie about one? It just wasn’t a movie I was excited to experience. But I sat back, made sure I had enough paper for doodling and prepared myself for a 9 hour Saturday detention!

Now first of all, the movie is not 9 hours. It’s actually only around 97 minutes, so don’t let that scare you away. The film is follows the classic stereotypes of students that inhabited every high school in 1985, the year in which the movie was made. The group consists of a brain (Anthony Michael Hall), an athlete (Emilio Esteves), a basket case (Ally Sheedy), a princess (Molly Ringwald), and a criminal (Judd Nelson). These characters appear to have nothing in common except the fact that they have to waste their Saturday in school.

And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – INDEPENDENCE DAY

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BY Will Torrence


With the Fourth of July on the horizon, I felt that this was a perfect time to finally see a movie I have heard so much about. To be honest, I am not sure why this movie has escaped me for so long. I remember it growing up, but I guess I never really had the opportunity to watch it. I simply can’t think of a better way to celebrate America’s independence other than watching a movie about earth’s independence — from aliens.

Independence Day follows three characters on their mission to save Earth and civilization from being wiped out by extraterrestrials. The film follows President Thomas J. Whitmore (Bill Pullman), fighter pilot Captain Steve Hiller (Will Smith), and scientist David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) as they do their part in stopping the invasion. All of these storylines seem independent through the film, but end up connecting in a huge way.