The Experience of being a Lincoln Plaza Cinema Patron

When I moved to the Upper West Side last year, I fell in love with the obvious attractions of the neighborhood: the Natural History Museum (seen outside my window, and yes you may feel jealous), Riverside Park, and the eccentric residents. There are thousands of things that I love about the UWS, but one thing in particular is how many movie theaters there are, and their close proximity to me.

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Lean Marathon

On one fateful day during the summer of 2013, I watched two of David Lean's epic pictures in one day. In a movie theater. It was the closest I've ever gotten (or will ever get) to participating in any sort of marathon. At BAM's Harvey Theater, the incredible Doctor Zhivago (1965) and Lawrence of Arabia (1962) were playing on the same day. Shockingly, I had never seen either of these movies, mostly because I had been told many times that I should only watch them on the big screen, but also they're both VERY, VERY long (each film includes it's own intermission) and require a lot of time and concentration. Paying to go to a theater is the best way to ensure that you sit through the whole movie.

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Spotlight on Leo McCarey, The Original Improviser

Leo McCarey was an incredible movie director from the first half of the 20th century. His filmography is mainly full of comedies, but he also made quite a few dramas, that also had small touches of comedy. He was one of the most well-known director's around the world during the 1930's and 40's, with his name above the film title, a sign of prestige that many director's didn't have during the studio system of yesteryear.

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Double Feature Days Part Trois

Double features--we meet again. If you're like me and don't love the Fourth of July, stay in and watch these pairings. In a way, they might be the most American choices you can make this weekend because they show off the secret, seedy underbelly of our society, and the occasional lengths Americans go to to cover up their own secrets. Oh America.

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'Here Comes Mr. Jordan' or 'Heaven Can Wait'?

In 1941, a wonderful movie called Here Comes Mr. Jordan was released; in 1943 one of my favorite films called Heaven Can Wait came out; in 1978, a movie called Heaven Can Wait was released. Oddly enough, the 1978 Heaven Can Wait's exact plot was based on Here Comes Mr. Jordan, but the title was the same as another classic film from the same era. "What gives??" I asked myself over and over when I was fifteen and realized the connections. Why the hell did Warren Beatty do that?

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The Many Incarnations of 'A Star is Born'

Movies show everything from fantasy worlds to real life situations. Movies also love depicting Hollywood, the good and the bad. Mostly the bad because that makes for more thrilling and preposterous drama. A Star is Born is one of the definitive movies about Hollywood. It has everything from an aging, alcoholic matinee idol to an unexpected star on the rise.

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Spotlight on Preston Sturges, An Underrated Genius

Preston Sturges: The King of Comedy, in my opinion (I don't think anyone else says that about him). Sturges was a film director and screenwriter who had an amazing knack for writing incredibly sophisticated dialogue that was delivered by characters ranging from working-class types to the wealthy. He worked in all genres, and was equally adept at tragedy and social satire.

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