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Cinderella Scribe

Cinderella Scribe

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 12th 2018

Forty-five years ago this week, former high school English teacher and Navy veteran Darryl Ponicsan enjoyed the rare and exciting experience of having a pair of movies open in theaters based on two of

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Hail Hal

Hail Hal

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Sep 13th 2018

Opening last weekend in New York and Friday in Los Angeles, the documentary profile Hal is “a most welcome reassessment of one of the most important figures in 1970s Hollywood” (Todd McCarthy, Th

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The Ashby Decade

The Ashby Decade

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Sep 2nd 2016

Seven films from the ’70s – The Landlord (1970), Harold and Maude (1971), The Last Detail (1973), Shampoo (1975), Bound for Glory (1976), Coming Home (1978), Being There (1979) – comprise one remar

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The Risk in the Detail

The Risk in the Detail

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 15th 2015

To be or not to be…Johnny Hooker or Billy Buddusky? Jack Nicholson liked both scripts he was offered, those of The Sting (1973) and The Last Detail (1973), but he opted for the latter because he fou

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