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Why ‘Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ Was Worth the Wait
4 months ago

Why ‘Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ Was Worth the Wait

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As the lights dimmed and Terry Gilliam’s “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” began, it hit me that I was seeing a movie that I never imagined would be made …
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De Palma’s ‘Domino’ Could Be His Worst … Ever
4 months ago

De Palma’s ‘Domino’ Could Be His Worst … Ever

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Brian De Palma’s “Domino” begins in Copenhagen, and for no apparent reason, in the barely-distant future of “June 10, 2020.”

An investigation between two cops, Christian (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Lars …
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Indy’s ‘Last Crusade’ and the Search for a Higher Power
4 months ago

Indy’s ‘Last Crusade’ and the Search for a Higher Power

“Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” is one of the great summer movies an adventure that continues to delight and inspire audiences of all ages.

Director Steven Spielberg’s 1989 film, …
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‘Trial by Fire’ Can’t Rally Behind Dern’s Performance
4 months ago

‘Trial by Fire’ Can’t Rally Behind Dern’s Performance

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“Trial By Fire” opens in Corsicana, Texas of 1991, where Cameron Todd Willingham (Jack O’Connell) is viewed by neighbors to be acting suspiciously while fleeing his home as it burns …
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‘The Crow’ at 25: How It Paved Way for Nolan’s Bat Trilogy
4 months ago

‘The Crow’ at 25: How It Paved Way for Nolan’s Bat Trilogy

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In March of 1993, while filming a scene for “The Crow,” a “blank” gun backfired and Brandon Lee, the charming son of Bruce Lee, died on set.

The film opened …
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Here’s Why Restraint Makes ‘Charlie Says’ Sharper
5 months ago

Here’s Why Restraint Makes ‘Charlie Says’ Sharper

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Vincent Bugliosi’s “Helter Skelter – The True Story of the Manson Murders,” is one of the most horrifying, nightmare-inducing and creepily fascinating books I’ve ever encountered.

The 1974 book is …
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Is ‘Caddyshack II’ The Worst Sequel Ever Made?
5 months ago

Is ‘Caddyshack II’ The Worst Sequel Ever Made?

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Here’s an old golf joke: What’s the best movie about golfing ever made? “Caddyshack.” And the worst? “Caddyshack II.”

The eight-years-too-late “Caddyshack II” was an instant bomb in 1988 and …
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‘Office Space’ at 20: Why It’s as Relevant as Ever
7 months ago

‘Office Space’ at 20: Why It’s as Relevant as Ever

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There is a unifying quality to all of writer/director Mike Judge’s work – his ability to find humanity in a dehumanizing environment.

It may seem odd but there is a …
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Why ‘Carlito’s Way’ Is Superior to De Palma’s ‘Scarface’
9 months ago

Why ‘Carlito’s Way’ Is Superior to De Palma’s ‘Scarface’

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In Brian De Palma’s “Carlito’s Way,” Al Pacino plays the “JP Morgan of the smack business.”

Carlito Brigante has been a criminal for 25 years and has spent five years …
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Unsung ‘Gingerbread Man’ Remains Altman-esque
9 months ago

Unsung ‘Gingerbread Man’ Remains Altman-esque

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When Robert Altman died on November 20, 2006, I was a few hours away from teaching a class on his life and works.

A number of students called me that …
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