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And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – The Graduate


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By Melissa Chen

With classic lines such as “Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me, aren’t you?” and iconic images such as a young Dustin Hoffman staring at a woman’s silk stocking-ed leg, The Graduate is one of those films that’s been referenced so much in pop culture that I was able to go through my entire 23 years of life pretending that I watched it. Well, those days are over (although, truthfully, they should’ve been over weeks ago, at PFS’s BYO screening).

And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – Pulp Fiction


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By Kyrie Fisher

Last year, my sister surprised me with a book she knew I had been eyeing up—1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. A varied assortment of films, the works included in this encyclopedia-sized collection were chosen for many reasons; whether for influence on early cinema, groundbreaking cinematic style, or impact on pop culture. A recent reassessment of the boxes I’ve yet to check caused me to notice I have never watched a film by Quentin Tarantino from start to finish. Of the various bits and pieces of his films I have seen, I was unable to stomach the fetishized violence and offensive dialogue long enough to become invested in the plot and see it through. Classmates and friends who are fans of Tarantino’s work have often expounded on the brilliance of his films—but all I saw were brutal displays of blood, violence, and foul language. Still, in my quest to check off all 1001 films of the collection (and, perhaps to also stop hearing, “What do you MEAN, you don’t like Tarantino?!”) I decided to catch up with the rest of the cinematic world and finally watch Pulp Fiction.

And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – Sophie’s Choice


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By Andrea Selitto

Most people who know me also know that I have what must be the world’s longest Netflix queue. I’ve kept films on there for years, revising the order of the DVDs to be sent by mail, sifting through the various movies available for streaming, adding more as new releases become available. Over time, I’ve amassed quite a collection; among them, a multitude of film classics I always find myself scrolling by and mumbling, “I really should watch that sometime.”

One of these films, which I still can’t believe it has taken me until recently to finally get around to, is Sophie’s Choice. Released in 1982, the film was received favorably by critics and earned a multitude of award nominations. Most notably, Meryl Streep’s performance in Sophie’s Choice won her both the Golden Globe and the Oscar for best actress. The film has gone on to become a cultural touchstone; one of which I’d had second-hand knowledge, but had never actually seen, until now.

And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – The Godfather

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By Megan Reilly

It’s a strange feeling, to approach a canonical film equipped with a pseudo-knowledge of its meaning as informed by parodies and quotes detached from context. I waited twenty-two years to watch a film that ends up near the top of most “Best Films of All Time” lists, so I had to filter my appreciation of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 magnum opus The Godfather through a host of cultural references. I turned it on knowing Tony Montana and Tony Soprano, but not their forebear, Michael Corleone. As I watched Don Corleone’s iconic conversation with Bonasera at the beginning of the film, visual cues from the referential opening of the Coen brothers’ Miller’s Crossing popped off the screen, distracting from the scene’s essential power. I couldn’t block out the sound of Dom DeLuise’s gauze-mouthed impersonation of Don Corleone in Mel Brooks’ Robin Hood: Men in Tights, so Marlon Brando’s Oscar-winning turn as the original Godfather was lost on me, a victim to parody.

And You Call Yourself a FIlm Buff?! – La Grande Illusion

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By Gary Kafer

As the aristocratic French Captain de Boeldieu (Pierre Fresnay) lies prostrate on his death bed, a gunshot wound in his stomach just off screen, he utters to his assassin, the German Rittmeister von Rauffenstein (Erich von Stroheim): “For a commoner, dying in a war is a tragedy. But for you and I, it’s a good way out.” And so goes ‘the grand illusion’ of Jean Renoir’s 1937 masterpiece, a war film that is curiously less about the hostilities of World War I, and perhaps more concerned with a shared humanism in the wake of an abrupt new world order.

And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – Full Metal Jacket

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By Gary Kafer

If war has become its own cinematic genre, then certainly Vietnam movies constitute a certain subgenre, populated with critically acclaimed works like Platoon, The Deer Hunter, and Apocalypse Now. An intricate piece of a tumultuous era in history, the Vietnam War has since occupied a precarious position in the collective memory of the American consciousness as an incredibly unpopular armed conflict rife with discontent both on the frontlines and the home front.

It is here that Stanley Kubrick inserts his controversial 1987 Full Metal Jacket – a piercing, violent, and unwavering depiction of the psychological and physical trauma experienced during the Vietnam War.

And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – Midnight Cowboy

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By Keegan Handley

Midnight Cowboy is one of the first popular X-rated studio movies. Beyond that, it’s one of the first ‘adult films’ where the term applied to more than pornography. The term ‘adult’ as applied here actually means it dealt with serious adult situations. There’s a good deal of sex in here — specifically themes of homosexuality, sex and religion — but above all this film paints a beautiful character study of two unlikely friends trying to make their way in a mean city with no one to rely on but each other. But you can bet people ignored the movie simply because of the X rating.

I personally only remember one bit of Midnight Cowboy from my blossoming film buff days – “I’m walking here!”