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When Joe Met George

When Joe Met George

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 18th 2017

In 1970, two award-winning actors, both of whom paid their dues and honed their skills with hardscrabble years of stage and film work, stepped into the star spotlight in the title roles of their pop

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Growing Hardcore

Growing Hardcore

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 9th 2017

Among movies that were emblematic of their eras but fell in perception just below the pantheon level and faded from memory, writer/director Paul Schrader’s Hardcore (1979), despite Schrader’s own re

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The Takakura Express

The Takakura Express

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 10th 2016

Today marks two years since the death at age 83 of a true icon of international action cinema, Japan’s Ken Takakura, an actor revered in his homeland over a 50+-year career for his tough-guy stoicis

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Hardcore Searcher

Hardcore Searcher

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jul 22nd 2016

As he turns 70 today, writer/director Paul Schrader can not only celebrate a milestone birthday but also point to more than a few titles on his 30-film resumé – The Yakuza, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull

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