news

Unnerving Timing

Unnerving Timing

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 9th 2018

Timing is everything. It was reported this weekend that the two new Hollywood films requested for special screenings by the White House were The Post, the urgently-made historical chronicle of jour

read more
Two Absolute Challenges at Close Range

Two Absolute Challenges at Close Range

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Apr 18th 2017

Imagine working inside the marketing and publicity departments at Orion Pictures on this date in 1986. The two movies the company launched simultaneously in U.S. theaters, each daringly different e

read more
Lou at 55 Meets La Bamba at 30

Lou at 55 Meets La Bamba at 30

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 17th 2017

“Lightning in a bottle” and “my Cinderella story” are the two characterizations Lou Diamond Phillips, the prolific actor-director turning 55 today, applies to his big-screen breakout role as singer

read more
Transatlantic Points of the Needle

Transatlantic Points of the Needle

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Aug 8th 2016

As the very British, stylishly Hitchcockian and period-perfect World War II espionage thriller Eye of the Needle (1981), adapted from Ken Follett’s gripping best-seller, played in theatres nationwi

read more
June Bride

June Bride

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jun 24th 2016

June is the month for brides and it’s also when François Truffaut’s killer thriller The Bride Wore Black (1968) came to America 48 years ago this weekend. Embodied by captivating Jules and Jim lead

read more