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Gordon DelGiorno | Film Brothers, Wilmington
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (original)
The story: A poor boy wins the chance to tour the most eccentric and wonderful candy factory of all.
DelGiorno: Every child should watch the timeless version with Gene Wilder. It’s about childhood dreams and lessons about honesty. The look on that little boy’s face when he sets the everlasting gobstopper on Wonka’s desk is etched in my mind forever. I have tears in my eyes as I write this. Priceless.
The story: A small-time boxer gets a once-in-a-lifetime chance to fight the heavyweight champ in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.
DelGiorno: The best in the series were the first two movies when Rocky was dirt poor. This encompassed the American dream: to fall in love and to do something extraordinary. It’s the ultimate underdog story. Rocky loving a woman who thought she wasn’t worth loving while he conquers the champ.
The story: A depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation for his daughter’s attractive friend.
DelGiorno: There are so many powerful characters and storylines in this movie that it’s a must-see five or 10 times. We all have pieces of ourselves in this film. A story of insecurity, anxiety, innocence lost and regained at the end of life, make this Oscar-worthy.
The story: A stressed father, a bride-to-be with a secret, a smitten event planner, and relatives from around the world create much ado about the preparations for an arranged marriage in India.
DelGiorno: Mira Nair’s masterpiece. This arranged wedding preparation had the most vibrant and beautiful colors I’ve ever seen as a filmmaker. The side stories within the story made me happy, sad, angry and elated. The scene with the father confronting the despicable uncle shows that love conquers all.
The story: Two FBI agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists.
DelGiorno: Willem Dafoe is the go-by-the-books boss and Gene Hackman is the realistic, get-the-job-done guy. Their relationship parallels the struggle between blacks and whites during the Civil Rights movement. This movie has it all: drama, suspense, humor, injustice and victory.
Film descriptions from imdb.com.
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