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Ready to Ride Again

Ready to Ride Again

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 15th 2019

Welcome to the outlaw territory of movie remakes, where a later version of an all-time classic virtually never gets the love and respect accorded the original iteration. Such a fate befell the combina

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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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Vive Legrand!

Vive Legrand!

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 30th 2019

John Anderson’s thoughtful obituary in The New York Times for the enormously gifted and stunningly versatile film composer and musical performer Michel Legrand, who died Saturday at age 86, contains s

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Sunshine Back in the Limelight

Sunshine Back in the Limelight

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 10th 2018

The story that premiered to record network ratings for CBS on Friday November 9, 1973 was not a typical movie of the week. Based on the diaries of a young wife and mother in the Pacific Northwest stri

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Bring On the Brazen and the Brutal

Bring On the Brazen and the Brutal

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 15th 2018

The year 1967 at the movies seemed to kick into a higher gear in terms of adult content with bolder depictions of violence and sexualized behavior. Urban criminal activity was forcefully addressed wit

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