My 6-Week Challenge

For the next six weeks, my goal is to watch at least 20 movies that I own on DVD or Blu-ray that I have either never watched or never watched in those formats. I’m not going to tell you how many DVDs and Blu-rays I own that I’ve never watched, but rest assured: 20 barely scratches the surface. But hey, it’s a start. So I hope you’ll join me (and help keep me honest) for what I hope will be a fun series for the next six weeks. I’ll always conclude my brief review with a determination to purge the disc or keep it. Here we go!

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Summer Reading Challenge 2018: The Magnificent Ambersons (1918) Booth Tarkington


There’s a moment in Richard Linklater’s 2008 film Me and Orson Welles where Welles (Christian McKay) tells another character, “Ambersons is about how everything gets taken away from you.” That scene – which takes place in 1937, years before Citizen Kane – is meant to convey not only a theme from the novel, but also Welles’s own future. Reading the Booth Tarkington novel The Magnificent Ambersons, you can see why Welles was so attracted to it as a young man and how it served as a painful reminder of his own life in later years.

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