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A Grand Hotel on a Cargo Ship

A Grand Hotel on a Cargo Ship

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Apr 22nd 2019

The teaming of two powerful screen presences, Marlon Brando and Yul Brynner, in a World War II-era thriller might at first glance promise a cataclysmic action epic, but the cryptically-titled Morituri

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Heaven, Earth and Huston

Heaven, Earth and Huston

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Aug 6th 2018

Born 112 years ago yesterday, writer/director/raconteur John Huston (1906-1987) always tried to soak up the atmosphere of the screen stories he told on location shoots near and far, familiar and exoti

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Fellowship of the Ring

Fellowship of the Ring

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jul 26th 2017

Real lives are often shabby, dimly lit and lonely, but they can still have dreams and still be the stuff of rich storytelling. Director John Huston and producer Ray Stark recognized and realized th

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A Pair of Head Trips

A Pair of Head Trips

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 6th 2017

Two Twentieth Century Fox movies that boldly stretched the boundaries of their respective genres arrived in theaters this day. Forty-three years ago, the filmmaker who on the strength of his potent

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The Black Widow Persona

The Black Widow Persona

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Sep 23rd 2015

What do people see in the thriller Black Widow (1987), in which a sirenlike serial killer weds and sheds rich husbands and the FBI operative who sees through her mask is also female? “Which part do

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