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What’s the greatest American film of all time? Can’t decide? Well then, what’s your favorite movie? Do you love the classics, or ignore anything before 1980? Comedies, courtroom dramas, casts of thousands – we have them all at Great American Things.


King Kong

Posted by on Jan 22, 2014 in Featured, Film | 0 comments

Construction of the Empire State Building had only recently been completed when Hollywood realized how to romanticize it —...

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Finding Nemo

Posted by on Jul 22, 2013 in Film | 0 comments

Pixar has never made a bad movie. (Brave and Ratatouille are forgettable, but not bad.) And when the studio is on top of its game, no...

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Back to the Future

Posted by on Apr 18, 2013 in Featured, Film | 0 comments

Rev up your DeLorean time machine, take it up to exactly 88 miles per hour, kick in the 1.21 gigawatts of plutonium power, and let’s...

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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Posted by on Feb 25, 2013 in Featured, Film | 0 comments

Sure, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner is something of a period piece now. Yes, we watch and shake our heads at how things used to be....

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The Princess Bride

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in Featured, Film | 0 comments

It’s a comedy. It’s a romance. It’s an adventure. It’s a fantasy. It’s a rocomadfa. No…a comrofanad....

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Posted by on Oct 30, 2012 in Featured, Film | 0 comments

The wonky title refers to a scale of alien contact developed by ufologist (wrote the bloggerologist) J. Allen Hynek. The book, published a...

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Vertigo

Posted by on Aug 27, 2012 in Featured, Film | 0 comments

Well, you could have knocked me over with a feather. Vertigo is now the top film of all time, deposing Citizen Kane after 50 years,...

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Yankee Doodle Dandy, 1942 Film

Posted by on Jul 4, 2012 in Featured, Film | 0 comments

On anyone’s list of the most patriotic films has to be Yankee Doodle Dandy, a gem of a film and one of James Cagney’s best....

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Apocalypse Now

Posted by on Jun 4, 2012 in Featured, Film | 0 comments

It’s a miracle Apocalypse Now ever got made. Lead actor Martin Sheen had a heart attack in the middle of filming. A typhoon came...

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My Fair Lady, Play and Film

Posted by on Apr 23, 2012 in Featured, Film, Theater | 0 comments

George Bernard Shaw wrote Pygmalion in 1912, but refused to allow it to be converted into a musical during his lifetime. Curmudgeon. So...

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