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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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Firing on All Cylinders: Man Hunt

Firing on All Cylinders: Man Hunt

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jun 13th 2017

German expatriate Fritz Lang didn’t initiate his sixth American film. It was a Twentieth Century Fox project that the studio first offered to its then-resident master moviemaker John Ford, who pass

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Twilight Annals of War

Twilight Annals of War

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 11th 2016

Revisiting favorite war movies – and their varying elements of bravery in battle, crises of conscience, cruelties of leadership, lone-wolf espionage, soldierly camaraderie, unexpected heroism, jeopa

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75 Years of Involvement

75 Years of Involvement

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jun 13th 2016

It’s a question that’s been a challenge and cliché for the past 80+ years. Given the shameful legacy of death and destruction that followed Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in 1933 Germany, would you h

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Heated Memories

Heated Memories

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 2nd 2016

Having recently caught up with the impressive 2015 thriller Sicario (about an idealistic FBI agent used as a “legal” shield by a covert government task force in the escalating war against drugs aro

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