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Today in Movie History: May 16

We start out the week on the highway…. to the danger zone! Top Gun, Tony’s Scott’s over-the-top ode to Reagan-era military worship and hunky guys with oily pecs exploded onto screens today in 1986. I still can’t quite take the movie seriously, and I’m not prepared to called it “good,” but we’ll never see anything like the extraordinary flight scenes …

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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 12

We’re looking at two extremes today. We’ll start with Man with a Movie Camera, the avant-garde masterpiece that follows workers and citizens through an average day in 1920s Soviet Russia. Director Dziga Vertov crammed in as many experimental techniques as he could in the film, and with no story and no professional actors, it remains as much brilliant abstract art …

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Today in Movie History: May 11

Dark and gloomy films rule the roost today, with one bright ray of sunshine from Robert Redford. We’ll start with the masterpiece: Fritz Lang’s M, a chilling study in crime, compulsion and human evil that made a star out of Peter Lorre… whose unsettling performance as a child killer captured and tried by the criminal underworld launched an entire career of playing …

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Today in Movie History: May 10

Two brilliant comedic troupes hit high points today. We’ll start with the boys in Britain who, with a successful TV show behind them and absolutely zero money to back them up, put together a comic take on the Knights of the Round Table that we’re pretty sure you’re familiar with. Monty Python and the Holy Grail opened today in 1975. …

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Today in Movie History: May 9

Alfred Hitchcock had his share of classics, and I confess that there are one or two I prefer to this one. But when talk comes around to the greatest movies of all time, Vertigo is usually a prime contender. Jimmy Stewart’s performance may stand as a career best, and Hitchcock’s incursion into forbidden and frankly terrifying corners of the human psyche …

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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 …