Gandhi + Black Narcissus

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Double feature: A double feature of epics that will take the better part of a day to watch, the pairing of “Gandhi” and “Black Narcissus” provides ample fodder for considerations of dominion, overcoming, and the good/evil within us (i.e. whether one or both are inherent, and how each has the potential to conquer the other, if only temporarily).

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer + Northern Exposure

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Double feature: If you live in a cold climate, it’s easy to feel stuck at this time of year.  The temperatures aren’t exactly encouraging outdoor exploration. Things seem to have shrunk. The world feels reduced to a circumscribed bare minimum circuit between the same points A, B, and maybe C.

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Friday Night Lights + My So-Called Life

Double feature:  Like your high school drama as self-serious and insular as possible? Then “Friday Night Lights” and “My So-Called Life” are for you.  Conversations in both series are at an emotional pitch where “small talk” is impossible, no matter how trivial the words being exchanged. Grainy images with near-bleeding colors give a sense of worlds simultaneously dissolving, or cohering, in every frame.

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My Cousin Vinny + My Blue Heaven

Double feature: The surface similarities between “My Cousin Vinny” and “My Blue Heaven” are easy to spot: both feature Italian-American stereotypes unleashed upon prototypically white-bread milieus, for broad comic effect.  Both entangle their protagonists – sartorially inclined toward flashy suits, tonsorially favoring glossy pompadours, romantically susceptible to compact spitfires – with local authorities, setting the stage for convoluted but ultimately triumphant hijinks.

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