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Jeff's Journeys

Jeff's Journeys

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 4th 2017

The invaluable Jeff Bridges, celebrating his 68th birthday today, enjoyed a relatively quiet 2017 on movie screens (unlike his commanding, award-honored lawman performance in last year’s Hell or Hig

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Beguiling Genre Guy

Beguiling Genre Guy

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jun 22nd 2017

Tomorrow’s stateside opening of the new film version of the Civil War-era Southern Gothic melodrama The Beguiled, written and directed by Lost in Translation Academy Award® winner Sofia Coppola, who

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A Consummate, Disquieting Road Movie

A Consummate, Disquieting Road Movie

Posted by Mike Finnegan on May 23rd 2017

Though it opened 43 years ago this week, a certain movie that seemed quite emblematic of its era has later emerged as quite something else. Indeed, the venerated movie critic, historian and filmmak

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From Sicilian Vespers to Stone Killers

From Sicilian Vespers to Stone Killers

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Apr 10th 2017

As directed by Don Siegel and headed by Clint Eastwood, Dirty Harry (1971) proved to be a touchstone movie in its depiction of a no-nonsense, unblinking detective that gets the job done in the face

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Siegel's Edge

Siegel's Edge

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 12th 2017

“Schooled in the tough, no-nonsense Warner Bros. tradition of Raoul Walsh and Howard Hawks,” Peter Bogdanovich wrote in his 1997 interview compilation Who the Devil Made It, Don “Siegel over the yea

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