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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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Two Absolute Challenges at Close Range

Two Absolute Challenges at Close Range

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Apr 18th 2017

Imagine working inside the marketing and publicity departments at Orion Pictures on this date in 1986. The two movies the company launched simultaneously in U.S. theaters, each daringly different e

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Lou at 55 Meets La Bamba at 30

Lou at 55 Meets La Bamba at 30

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 17th 2017

“Lightning in a bottle” and “my Cinderella story” are the two characterizations Lou Diamond Phillips, the prolific actor-director turning 55 today, applies to his big-screen breakout role as singer

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The Face of Justified Homicide

The Face of Justified Homicide

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 17th 2016

He had been a Hollywood face for 20 years in supporting roles as assorted hoodlums, Native Americans and soldiers, even a potent presence among four of the all-time great male ensembles in movie his

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Transatlantic Points of the Needle

Transatlantic Points of the Needle

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Aug 8th 2016

As the very British, stylishly Hitchcockian and period-perfect World War II espionage thriller Eye of the Needle (1981), adapted from Ken Follett’s gripping best-seller, played in theatres nationwi

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