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Crude's Deep Drill

Crude's Deep Drill

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 19th 2018

What was on the mind of “issues movie man” Stanley Kramer when he took on a rambunctious period frontier tale of oil wildcatting with the somewhat familiar and reliably intriguing premise of a sturdy,

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A Lighthearted No-Account Bum Amidst the Tortured Antiheroes

A Lighthearted No-Account Bum Amidst the Tortured Antiheroes

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 18th 2018

The 1970s was a productive period in movies for the supremely talented George C. Scott (1927-1999), who would have turned 91 today, kicking off the decade with his unimpeachable warrior Patton(his 197

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Native American Screen History

Native American Screen History

Posted by Mike Finnegan on May 25th 2017

By 1972, Charles Bronson, a Pennsylvania native of Lithuanian descent, had logged substantial mileage portraying Native Americans in Westerns directed by noteworthy filmmakers. He did so twice in 1

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Memorial to Che

Memorial to Che

Posted by Mike Finnegan on May 30th 2016

When it opened just a few days after Memorial Day commemorations would honor valorous military service in the name of freedom, director Richard Fleischer’s biography in montage Che! (1969), an atte

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Easter Objects of Desire

Easter Objects of Desire

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 23rd 2016

The 2016 Easter Triduum starts tomorrow and the stories recounted and the religious rituals that unfold therein have held a fascination for moviemakers throughout the years. Two artifacts of that ti

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