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Today in Movie History: May 27

These days, with every potential blockbuster hoping to suck up all the air in the room, you never open big films right on top of each other. But it used to happen all the time. And in this case, it was a grand fluke, since nobody expected Star Wars to do anything when it debuted on May 25, 1977. But …

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I Saw What You Did Blu-ray Review

Review by:¬†Robert Trate Starring: Joan Crawford, John Ireland, Leif Erickson Directed by: William Castle Written by: William P. McGivern (screenplay) (as William McGivern), Ursula Curtiss (novel) Original Year of Release: 1965 Run Time:¬†82 minutes Rated: NR   With House on Haunted Hill, The Tingler, and 13 Ghosts, William Castle made a name for himself in the horror and thriller genre. …

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Today in Movie History: May 13

A quiet day today — the weeks before Memorial Day usually are — but we’re gonna celebrate one recent number. Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids is notable not just because it’s a very funny movie, but because it stuck a fork in one of Hollywood’s more cerished bits of mysoginistic hogwash: that women can’t do comedy and that movies comedies centered around …

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Today in Movie History: May 6

We’re closing out the week of Marvel… and for the first time this week when there’s been a Marvel release, the column isn’t topped by it. The pole position goes to Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet, long considered one of the greatest adaptaions of Shakespeare’s masterpiece ever put on film, and which netted Olivier Oscars for Best Picture and Best Actor. (He …

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Easy Rider: The Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

Review by: Robert Trate Starring: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Luke Askew, Phil Spector Director: Dennis Hopper Original Year of Release: 1969 Rated: R Spine: #545 Run Time: 95 minutes Many people discovered Easy Rider in college. Members of the Baby Boomer generation, that is. It was a counter culture movie to all the Beach Blanket Bingo films of …