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A Reliably Forceful Brand

A Reliably Forceful Brand

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Aug 14th 2017

One of the signature tough guys in movie history, Neville Brand (1920-1992), would have turned 97 yesterday. A much-decorated 10-year Army veteran who survived World War II combat, Brand talked to

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Burt's Law and Order Statement

Burt's Law and Order Statement

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Aug 4th 2017

Burt Lancaster: An American Life author Kate Buford discusses the career crossroads at which the Academy Award®-winning actor-producer found himself as the 1960s drew to a close: “In holding to a q

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Simon Says Volumes

Simon Says Volumes

Posted by Mike Finnegan on May 10th 2017

In The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, David Thomson writes: “When people see Boudu Sauvé des Eaux/Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932, Jean Renoir) or L’Atalante (1934, Jean Vigo) for the first t

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Six Degrees of Scorpio Connections

Six Degrees of Scorpio Connections

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Apr 19th 2017

The age of institutional paranoia and conspiratorial malevolence was coming into full cinematic flower in the early 1970s, and one espionage thriller arrived on the cusp of it all. Opening in theate

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Valentine to Thelma

Valentine to Thelma

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 14th 2017

In addition to significant others, another worthy subset of Valentine’s Day honorees getting the hearts/flowers/hugs treatment are that of moms or mother figures. How appropriate too that February

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