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Heat's Galvanic Glow

Heat's Galvanic Glow

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 15th 2018

Upon being named to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry for preservation as a cultural and artistic treasure in 2011, the brisk and scalding crime thriller benchmark The Big Heat (195

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Hilarity by the Bunch: Bananas

Hilarity by the Bunch: Bananas

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Apr 30th 2018

CNN’s recent “fact-based” promotional campaign has fruitfully accorded new prominence on the importance of apples (equated with “the actual truth”) and bananas (equated with “fake news”). “Botanically

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What It Takes to Make a Village

What It Takes to Make a Village

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Apr 25th 2018

In the creation of movies that linger in the memory, the little details matter enormously – bits of telling dialogue, shot composition, directorial choices, costumes, props, music – in transporting

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All Action, Sex 'n' Violence, Frankly

All Action, Sex 'n' Violence, Frankly

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 20th 2018

Filmmaking requires obsession and writer-producer-director Samuel Fuller had that by the bucketload, even extending to the ballyhoo called for in promoting a movie, particularly one with a revenge-

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Vanessa's Matter-of-Fact Dedication

Vanessa's Matter-of-Fact Dedication

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 30th 2017

Vanessa Redgrave, who marks the milestone birthday of 80 today, was mildly matter-of-fact in her 1994 autobiography about how she secured the role that would win her an Academy Award®. She was makin

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