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Glory (?) Train

Glory (?) Train

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 17th 2018

“It carried them to the peak of glory…It will carry you to the peak of adventure!” That opening day copy for the full-page ad heralding the New York premiere of director John Frankenheimer’s World W

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Impressive Expresses

Impressive Expresses

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 7th 2017

On Friday, the lavishly appointed, star-adorned new movie adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express powers into movie theaters dressed to the nines with 65mm lensing and jazzed up

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A Reliably Forceful Brand

A Reliably Forceful Brand

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Aug 14th 2017

One of the signature tough guys in movie history, Neville Brand (1920-1992), would have turned 97 yesterday. A much-decorated 10-year Army veteran who survived World War II combat, Brand talked to

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Simon Says Volumes

Simon Says Volumes

Posted by Mike Finnegan on May 10th 2017

In The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, David Thomson writes: “When people see Boudu Sauvé des Eaux/Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932, Jean Renoir) or L’Atalante (1934, Jean Vigo) for the first t

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Valentine to Thelma

Valentine to Thelma

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 14th 2017

In addition to significant others, another worthy subset of Valentine’s Day honorees getting the hearts/flowers/hugs treatment are that of moms or mother figures. How appropriate too that February

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