So often in today’s modern society, readers are seeking out entertainments with the highest moral aims in mind. One thinks of classic films like Citizen Kane or Home Alone along with serious books such as Of Mice and Men, or The Little Engine That Could.
And so, dear reader, I am here to offer up some titles you could put on your must-view or must-read lists, with a handy plot summary to use as your guide.
The Boys From Brazil, film – A man decides to conduct a scientific experiment and start his own soccer team with boys from Brazil, where they play some pretty mean soccer
The Godfather, film - a heartwarming family film about a pater familia who ensures the success of his sons for future generations
The Road, novel – a father and son go on a road trip together. The father teaches the son how to be a good camper.
Empire Falls, novel – how to book on running a diner in a small town
His Girl Friday, film – a murderer is on the loose but Cary Grant is more interested in stealing someone else’s fiance
Marathon Man, film - Dustin Hoffman as the jogger who gets his teeth cleaned by an older German gentleman
Middlesex, novel – living in Detroit isn’t all its cracked up to be, especially if you are Greek and have a big secret
Groundhog Day – film, freakish popular resurgence of Sonny and Cher permeates this film, although Bill Murray is spectacular as the charming, weatherman who plays the piano
The Royal Tennenbaums – film, Gene Hackman plays a man who tries to convince his family he has cancer by substituting tic tacs for real pain medication. They fall for it, then they don’t.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – film (the original) – a tale about why it could actually be good to drop acid and write children’s books