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Satisfying One's Violent Instincts

Satisfying One's Violent Instincts

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jul 7th 2018

Film historian Chris Fujiwara included the following telling tidbit in his 2008 The World and Its Double: The Life and Work of Otto Preminger: “‘A cop is basically a criminal,’ Preminger remarked

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A Reliably Forceful Brand

A Reliably Forceful Brand

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Aug 14th 2017

One of the signature tough guys in movie history, Neville Brand (1920-1992), would have turned 97 yesterday. A much-decorated 10-year Army veteran who survived World War II combat, Brand talked to

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The Andrews Enigma

The Andrews Enigma

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 2nd 2017

Welcome to 2017. The year just passed would likely not earn glowing reviews for its performance, and during his lifetime of sturdy and compelling characterizations, the quietly great Dana Andrews (

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February Preorders / The Days the Music Lived

February Preorders / The Days the Music Lived

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 3rd 2016

Preorders open today (at 4 PM EST/1PM PST) – the birthday of novelist James A. Michener (1907-1997), whose titanic tome Hawaii inspired two Twilight Time hi-def Blu-rays – for six new TT Blu-ray re

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Preminger Hits the Pavement

Preminger Hits the Pavement

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 25th 2016

While working on the bruising film noir Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950), producer/director Otto Preminger was breaking free of the patterns of his life as a prominent studio filmmaker. The protagonis

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