It’s a Wonderful Life – Review

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Life is a valuable thing. There are those moments where it’s set to disappoint, yet there’s still hope to be had, It’s a Wonderful Life reminds us why we should keep hope. It’s a cliché Christmas tradition to watch this every year, but it’s easy to see why. There are those moments where we feel insignificant (and they come back to me then and there), but a reminder is sometimes necessary that in fact, we might have a bigger impact than we’d imagine. Frank Capra’s film bombed during its first run, but its popularity just grew so suddenly. The wonders still capture me upon every viewing, and despite my usual pessimism there’s always something good turning back to the joy that is It’s a Wonderful Life. It reminds a person like myself that there is always something good to look out for, even when we are shrouded with bad.

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Make Way for Tomorrow – Review

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There’s a sense of realization that hits the children at the end of the film that for everything that their parents have done for them, they remain all the more ungrateful. There’s a chord that strikes upon every viewing of Leo McCarey’s Make Way for Tomorrow that just leaves me to reflect on what I’ve been doing with my life and it triggers a sense I’m still just not even sure I’m ready for what life would be like without the elders as much as they may have aggravated us. I’m aware there are certain aspects to Make Way for Tomorrow that may not have aged rather well but when you keep its very morals and intentions in mind, it still succeeds because the importance of its message is rather relevant in our world, and the emotion still feels as genuine as it did in 1937. Continue reading →