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TOP TEN THINGS TO LEARN FROM THE CLASSICS
Don't you just love classic movies. Thanks to Netflix, I've been catching up on old times and learning in the process.
Lesson 1: "You don't know what you have until you idiotically get rid of it."
Sunrise by F.W. Murnau (1927)
A bored married man is convinced by his mistress to kill his wife, but when he takes her on a boat to her doom, he realizes all she wanted was some attention and falls in love with her all over again. Now -- if he could only deal with that mistress...
Lesson 2: "Sometimes the people we count on the most are the first to run away at a sign of trouble."
High Noon by Fred Zinnemann (1952)
Cooper just retired from his sherif post and is on his way to his honeymoon when a bad guy comes back for revenge. Sadly, no one in town is willing to fight him so Cooper must reclaim his post. Talk about proper ethics.
Lesson 3: "We must always be ready for a close-up."
Sunset Boulevard by Billy Wilder (1950)
In today's times when everyone is taking pictures in day-to-day locations, one must always be ready for the camera flash. Norma Desmond would be ecstatic and definitely an instagram star.
Lesson 4: "First impressions aren't always right."
Singing in the Rain by Gene Kelly (1952)
Don and Kathy despised each other at first. And of course, there is the whole fiasco about who the real star of the movie was.
Lesson 5: "There is no place like home."
The Wizard of Oz by Victor Fleming (1939)
Yup, even if you live in a dull black and white world where the neighbors are unfriendly. There is no place like home -- so don't waste your time crying about migrating to a warmer and sunnier climate.
Lesson 6: "No one is immune to heartbreak."
Teorema by Pasolini (1968)
A whole family falls in bed with the same young man: the mother/father/daughter/son and even the maid. After sleeping with everyone, he says goodbye and leaves. We get to see how everyone deals with heartbreak.
Lesson 7: "Never lower yourself for anyone."
Gilda by Charles Vidor (1946)
While angry, Johnny treats Gilda like a tramp so she decides to settle this matter by doing a striptease in front of all his casino clients. Oh, Gilda!
Lesson 8: " Karma is a @!*#%"
Psycho by Alfred Hitchcock (1960)
When you least expect it, Karma will be there. Make sure the bad deeds are worth it.
Lesson 9: "Don't accept strange gifts."
The Exorcist by Friedkin (1973)
Seriously, follow your instincts. Also, a Ouija might not be the best board game out there. You are better off playing Uno.
Lesson 10: " If you spoil your children, you'll all suffer at the end."
Mildred Pierce by Michael Curtiz (1945)
I don't personally believe in spanking, but oh, that Veda!! She deserved worse, like a terrible summer cleaning up the gum wall in downtown Seattle.