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Bittersweet Poetry

Bittersweet Poetry

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 11th 2019

Following the film’s New York premiere a half-century ago today, the New York Post’s Archer Winsten would report: “Model Shop [1969] is an American-made film, firmly rooted in Los Angeles but wri

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Adult, Respectable and L-Shaped

Adult, Respectable and L-Shaped

Posted by Mike Finnegan on May 28th 2018

When it premiered in the U.S. 55 years ago last night, a rather eloquent and quietly understated movie bore an evocative tagline in its opening ads: “Sex is nota dirty word!” Yet that same ad was ador

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The Road Trip from America to Japan

The Road Trip from America to Japan

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 19th 2017

A case of cross-cultural fertilization that resulted in memorable filmmaking, The Yellow Handkerchief (1977, aka Shiawase no kiiroi hankachi) made a deep impact on Japanese moviegoers when it opened

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