Re: What are the great films?

I'm always cautious about this question, as there are many criteria (acting, story, cinematography, breakthrough style) ... one might say George S. Scott was a great actor in Patton, perhaps even The Hustler, but few would put those on a list of overall greatest movies. Directors who almost always deliver all those criteria might include Kurosawa, Fellini, Bergman, Ozu, Renoir, John Ford, Eisenstein, Antonioni, David Lean ... those who usually deliver, say, two or so of those criteria include Martin Scorsese, John Cassavetes, Jim Jarmusch, Sidney Lumet, Francois Truffaut, Louis Malle, among others. Orson Welles delivered it all once with Citizen Kane, then moved in different directions. I haven't seen all of the works of these people yet, so I'll leave my comment at that ...

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Dogs' floppy ears may be part of why they and other domesticated animals love humans so much.

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  • Researchers have been puzzled as to why these traits keep showing up in disparate species, even when they aren't being bred for those qualities. This is known as "domestication syndrome."
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Protected animals are feared to be headed for the black market.

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  • Marine parks continue to create a high-price demand for illegal captures.
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Giving our solar system a "slap in the face."

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  • A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
  • It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
  • Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
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