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Meet the Parents, 50 Years Apart

Meet the Parents, 50 Years Apart

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 12th 2017

Times change, stories evolve, traditions are shaken and perhaps shattered, relevant commentaries are made on the times we live in. Take the framing device of an independent-minded white girl bringi

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Doing a Lot for Dolittle (1): The Mixture

Doing a Lot for Dolittle (1): The Mixture

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 30th 2017

This is the world of Doctor Dolittle (1967), wherein a curmudgeonly Victorian-era English country doctor (first conjured by civil engineer Hugh Lofting in letters home to his children from the Worl

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Mister Logan Bridges Cultures

Mister Logan Bridges Cultures

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 5th 2017

Pacific-centric theater proved a boon to Joshua Logan (1908-1988), born 109 years ago today. He’d already staged 13 Broadway productions (including the original iterations of On Borrowed Time, Morn

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Placing Benton's Story

Placing Benton's Story

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Sep 21st 2017

Moviegoers who took a chance and visited an earlier, harder time in America’s past when Places in the Heart (1984) opened 33 years ago today discovered something unexpectedly meaningful: the connec

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Eddie Feels like 30 Again and Tries It Spence's Way

Eddie Feels like 30 Again and Tries It Spence's Way

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Sep 4th 2017

Born 109 years ago today, Edward Dmytryk (1908-1999) had risen through the ranks of skilled studio directors via some attention-grabbing B-pictures like Hitler’s Children; superior films noir Murder

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