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Today in Movie History: July 10

The key to dystopian science fiction is to make their bleak future plausible, which is why stories like¬†1984 resonate even after the precise future date they utilize has come and gone. John Carpenter pulled off a similar trick with¬†Escape from New York, turning Manhattan Island into a walled maximum security prison controlled by a future police state. When Air Force …

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Today in Movie History: July 15

With apologies to The Boy Who Lived, I think Officer McClane is taking the pole position on this one. The original Die Hard initially looked like a huge disaster. Star Bruce Willis was mainly known for light comedy and his attempt to segue into action hero mode smacked of the worst kind of hubris. As it turns out, it represented …