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Against Capra’s Critics

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Perhaps the most beloved of Christmas movies, Frank Capra’s sleeper classic It’s a Wonderful Life has inevitably become a target of seasonal, iconoclastic culture-warmongering. As Christmas approaches, essays crop up in media outlets baldly inverting the film’s moral universe, ripping George Bailey and small-town Bedford Falls, and even rehabilitating villainous Mr. Potter and the nightmare alternative reality of Pottersville… . Continue Reading »

The 2011 Arts & Faith Top 100 Films

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“Of making many books there is no end,” wrote Qoheleth in Ecclesiastes, and the same can been said about the making of lists. In fact, it’s precisely because of the endless production of books, along with films and music, that a whole genre of lists exists”the familiar top 10’s, top 50’s and top 100’s… . Continue Reading »