Your Hairspray, My High Five, and Our Shadowlands

Hairspray (1988)

In 1963, overweight Tracy Turnblad (Rikki Lake) becomes a popular mainstay on a Baltimore dance show, infuriating the reigning queen, Amber Von Tussle (Debbie Harry).  In addition to their dance floor rivalry, Tracy and her mother Edna (Divine) triumph integration while the Von Tussles fight for segregation.

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Welcome to the really Big Show

The Truman ShowThe Truman Show (1998)

As he turns 30, a series of events leads Truman Burbank to suspect everything is not as it seems and begin an investigation which leads to an unsettling discovery: he’s the unwitting star of a reality television show. His entire life has been filmed by hidden cameras and broadcast on a dedicated network.

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Dean’s List

Despite only appearing in three major films before his death at age 24, James Dean was ranked the 18th greatest male film star by the American Film Institute.

This is my ranked list of his films.

Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

3) Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

Teenager Jim Stark (James Dean) moves to Los Angeles with his parents and befriends outcasts Plato (Sal Mineo) and Judy (Natalie Wood). When bullies goad Jim into a game of chicken, it ends in a tragic accident, which, in turn, leads to a confrontation with police at the Griffith Observatory.

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Best of the 1990s

Postcards from the Edge (1990)Postcards from the Edge (1990)

Actress Suzanne Vale (Meryl Streep) reluctantly moves in with her mother, Doris Mann (Shirley MacLaine), a star of musical comedies in the 1950s and 1960s, because studio executives demand she stay with a responsible party when she returns to work following a stint in a drug rehabilitation center.

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Best of the 1950s

Sunset Boulevard (1950)Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Faded silent screen star Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) steadfastly believes she will regain her former glory and hires writer Joe Gillis (William Holden) to help with her planned comeback, but as the project drags on their relationship becomes dangerously complicated.

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Best of the 1980s

ImageThe Shining (1980)

Writer Jack Torrance takes a job as a winter caretaker at the Overlook Hotel which was built on a Native American burial ground. Haunted by the numerous evil spirits which populate the hotel, Jack slowly loses his mind and unsuccessfully attempts to kill his wife, Wendy and young son, Danny.

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Best of the 1970s

Little Big Man (1970)

This underlooked Dustin Hoffman gem is a brilliant revisionist Western satire with George Custer (Richard Mulligan) reimagined as a bloodthirsty villain.

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Best of the 1960s

Testament of Orpheus (1960)

The final film in Jean Cocteau’s Orphic trilogy is a rumination on the nature of reality, Cocteau’s way of asking if his work and life mattered.

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