The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Plot: Really? You don’t know? I’m not sure it’s my job or place to fill you in on this one.

Best Moment: It hit me upon this particular viewing that when the Fearsome Foursome first appear before the wizard asking for brains, heart, courage, and a ticket home, the task he gives them will accomplish three of the four requests. Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion can’t rescue Dorothy without brains, heart, or courage. When Dorothy is imprisoned and sees Auntie Em looking for her, she realizes the value of home, so in a sense, even Dorothy’s wish is somewhat fulfilled. It just made me think that sometimes we might be wanting a skill or trait and not realize how the tasks set before us actually develop what we want.

Worst Moment: At the end credits when everyone is named, except the Munchkins, who are reduced to “The Singer Midgets.” Oof.

Fun Facts: This was the first time I watched this film from start to finish, and the first time I watched it without commercial interruptions.

I love how this film has manifested in other popular culture texts, but my absolute favorites are these: Harry Connick, Jr. singing “If I Only Had A Brain,” and Scrubs’ 100th episode, directed by Zach Braff.

Recommendation: Oh come on. See it. It’s an American treasure. And then listen to this:

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