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Birthday Triple Threat

Birthday Triple Threat

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 4th 2018

Most movies often deepen their texture – or if you will, their character – from the compelling character actors they employ. Three of the best share a birthday today, as well as the touch of class the

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Personal and Powerful

Personal and Powerful

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Aug 14th 2018

Filmmaking of a soulful, personal and powerful kind is rare: a current example is director/co-writer Spike Lee’s BlackkKlansman, which combines deft storytelling and period/modern-day commentary

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July Preorders / Feeling One's Oates

July Preorders / Feeling One's Oates

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jul 5th 2018

Twilight Time in July is where historical epic consequentialness bumps up against everyday struggles to stay alive, where horrors of war share space with the wounds of romance, all in diverse Pacific

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Peckinpah in Montage

Peckinpah in Montage

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 21st 2017

Today would have marked the 92nd birthday of the great Sam Peckinpah (1925-1984) and 20 years ago at this time, in an occurrence that would prove not only rare but indeed singular, a short film cre

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Personal to Private to Killer

Personal to Private to Killer

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 16th 2016

Opening in New York 41 years ago tomorrow, director Sam Peckinpah’s The Killer Elite (1975) – prescient in its themes of moral corruption and malevolent unlawful activity in high places during that

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