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Hail Hal

Hail Hal

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Sep 13th 2018

Opening last weekend in New York and Friday in Los Angeles, the documentary profile Hal is “a most welcome reassessment of one of the most important figures in 1970s Hollywood” (Todd McCarthy, Th

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Actor of Choice: John Carradine

Actor of Choice: John Carradine

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 5th 2018

Born 112 years ago today, “John Carradine [1906-1988], the historical figure, looms larger than the man himself. He is remembered as one of cinema’s greatest character actors and the patriarch of a

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Carradine's Two Rail Rides

Carradine's Two Rail Rides

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 8th 2017

David Carradine (1936-2009), who would have turned 81 today, confided in his 1995 autobiography Endless Highway that his casting as union organizer-turned-outlaw Big Bill Shelly in the Roger Corman

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Adapted and Original Glory

Adapted and Original Glory

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Sep 7th 2017

It’s hard to imagine the impact of such movies as East of Eden, The Cobweb, Rebel Without a Cause (all 1955), Hell Is for Heroes (1962), Fantastic Voyage (1966), Ralph Bakshi’s The Lord of the Rin

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Railway Connections

Railway Connections

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jun 15th 2017

When it opened 45 years ago yesterday, Boxcar Bertha (1972), starring Barbara Hershey as a seductive Depression-era Arkansas train robber outlaw and David Carradine as her messianic union agitator

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