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Ready to Ride Again

Ready to Ride Again

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 15th 2019

Welcome to the outlaw territory of movie remakes, where a later version of an all-time classic virtually never gets the love and respect accorded the original iteration. Such a fate befell the combina

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Talk of the Town

Talk of the Town

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 28th 2019

Eighty-four years ago today, the whole town of Hollywood was talking about Columbia Pictures, the humble but hard-working studio that had triumphed the preceding evening at the Academy Awards®, winnin

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Wine of a Rare Vintage

Wine of a Rare Vintage

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 25th 2019

Roger L. Simon, whose film credits include the Paul Mazursky films Enemies: A Love Story (1989, an Academy Award®-nominated script) and Scenes from a Mall (1991), is that rare and fortuitous instance

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50 Years of War at Its Dirtiest

50 Years of War at Its Dirtiest

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 19th 2019

Its working title was Written on the Sand, referring to its North African Sahara Desert setting, but as it was going to evolve into a brawny, brazenly cynical adventure about a World War II cadre of s

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Bittersweet Poetry

Bittersweet Poetry

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 11th 2019

Following the film’s New York premiere a half-century ago today, the New York Post’s Archer Winsten would report: “Model Shop [1969] is an American-made film, firmly rooted in Los Angeles but wri

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