Friday, August 31, 2007

Rod Dreher is discussing movies for life, meaning "what five to ten movies I would recommend to a young adult to explain to them what life is all about. I'm not talking about the best movies, the most important movies in film history, or even the most morally edifying movies. I'm talking about the movies whose lessons offer crucial insight into what it means to live a fully human life."

His list is impressive, but I think he overlooks a masterpiece. You simply have to include Terry Gilliam's Adventures of Baron Munchausen, because more than any other movie ever made, including Wizard of Oz, in my humble opinion, it comes the closest to truly portraying the wonder and terror of a child's nightmare. I say nightmare because, like all children, we all of us at one time or another dream of ourselves far from home and desperate to get back....

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