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Heaven, Earth and Huston

Heaven, Earth and Huston

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Aug 6th 2018

Born 112 years ago yesterday, writer/director/raconteur John Huston (1906-1987) always tried to soak up the atmosphere of the screen stories he told on location shoots near and far, familiar and exoti

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Police Story (1): Real to Reel

Police Story (1): Real to Reel

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 5th 2018

The 81-year-old crime fiction laureate Joseph Wambaugh lists on his website two particularly influential reviews of his first, breakthrough 1971 book about the lives and challenges rank-and-file Lo

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The Criminal Class of March

The Criminal Class of March

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 18th 2017

Crime, punishment and the gritty gray areas in between fuel an exciting March Twilight Time gangland of four tough, terrific movies. The earliest of the quartet marks three firsts: Marilyn Monroe i

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Jeff's Journeys

Jeff's Journeys

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 4th 2017

The invaluable Jeff Bridges, celebrating his 68th birthday today, enjoyed a relatively quiet 2017 on movie screens (unlike his commanding, award-honored lawman performance in last year’s Hell or Hig

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Fellowship of the Ring

Fellowship of the Ring

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jul 26th 2017

Real lives are often shabby, dimly lit and lonely, but they can still have dreams and still be the stuff of rich storytelling. Director John Huston and producer Ray Stark recognized and realized th

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