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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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Comedy by the Bunch

Comedy by the Bunch

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 27th 2017

El Weirdo does not have the same resonance in terms of humor or gravity for a movie title as does Bananas (1971), so it was astute of co-writers Woody Allen and Mickey Rose, following their hip and

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Conflict Smoothed by Chemistry

Conflict Smoothed by Chemistry

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 19th 2016

Moviemaking is often battlefield conflict, constant struggle, endless tinkering and self-inflicted wounds – even in the case of a now-iconic romance, burnished by time, that opened nationwide 43 yea

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Memories Before Me Before You

Memories Before Me Before You

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jun 3rd 2016

“I’ve been standing in the back of the theater during screenings, waiting to see who’s sniffing,” best-selling author Jojo Moyes told the Los Angeles Times’ Amy Kaufman. “If it’s not 70% or above, I

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Fashioning a Lady

Fashioning a Lady

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 16th 2016

Ray Stark felt that there was another movie to be made about the later career of his legendary mother-in-law Fanny Brice that would follow the events depicted in his stage and screen megahit Funny

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