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A Justified Voice

A Justified Voice

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 20th 2019

His voice was distinctive, direct, dramatic when needed – and always, an invitation to pay attention for something worthwhile. Thankfully, behind it was an unfailingly alert and engaged mind fixed on

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Personal and Powerful

Personal and Powerful

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Aug 14th 2018

Filmmaking of a soulful, personal and powerful kind is rare: a current example is director/co-writer Spike Lee’s BlackkKlansman, which combines deft storytelling and period/modern-day commentary

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Peckinpah in Montage

Peckinpah in Montage

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 21st 2017

Today would have marked the 92nd birthday of the great Sam Peckinpah (1925-1984) and 20 years ago at this time, in an occurrence that would prove not only rare but indeed singular, a short film cre

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Personal to Private to Killer

Personal to Private to Killer

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 16th 2016

Opening in New York 41 years ago tomorrow, director Sam Peckinpah’s The Killer Elite (1975) – prescient in its themes of moral corruption and malevolent unlawful activity in high places during that

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The Defiled Bunch: John Carpenter’s Vampires

The Defiled Bunch: John Carpenter’s Vampires

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Sep 9th 2015

Vampires have been done to death on the screen, even as late as 1997, when action-horrormeister John Carpenter turned his attention to the realm of the undead. Unlike today’s metrosexual, dreamily h

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