I Believe There is Justice in Our Hearts

To break from the monotony of job hunting, I sometimes take short recesses to dig into something I find a little more enjoyable and I’ve found that Netflix queuing provides one of the best escapes. For some reason probably attributable to my obsessive compulsive tendencies, I hate feeling in the dark on “important” films that have slipped past my radar, so I frequently research different “best of” lists and award winners to add any glaring omissions to my queue.

Much to my pleasure, I recently discovered that I had the majority of the new-found A.F.I.’s Top 10 lists covered. More importantly, I was reminded of the incredibly relevant closing argument in 1982’s The Verdict while investigating the “Courtroom Drama” section:

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If I could be one actor, I think I’d pick the late Paul Newman. In addition to being the proud culinary owner of a tasty line of salad dressings and pasta sauces (with a mission statement centered around charity), the blue-eyed bedazzler has had a field day with memorable leads in such personal favorites as Cat on a Tin Roof, The Hustler, Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and The Sting.

Most of Newman’s famous roles captured a piece of the underlying theme behind The Verdict‘s final court scene. My parents raised me to always value moral responsibility, and one of my favorite aspects of cinema is that the best performances act as cultural reminders to guide us back on track when we might be losing course.

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