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Today in Movie History: June 6

“Once a song and dance man, always a song and dance man,” James Cagney famously remarked. That could explain why an actor renowned for playing gangsters earned his only Oscar for… well, just read the quote. Yankee Doodle Dandy, a heavily bowdlerized biography of songwriter George M. Cohan, arrived as a bracing bit of Old Glory for a nation that …

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Today in Movie History: January 23

There are good movies, there are great movies, and then there are movies that have become an ingrained part of the culture. The greatest movie ever made? You could make the case very easily. The one and only Casablanca went wide today in 1943. A few years later, Robert Montgomery attempted a strange — and ultimately unsuccessful — cinematic experiment …

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Today in Movie History: October 14

The word “game changer” gets thrown around a lot with flavor-of-the-month movies that tend to fade with time. But the phrase has rarely applied more aptly than it has to Pulp Fiction, which cemented the rise of indie cinema in the 1990s, altered the face of crime drama forever, and permanently put Quentin Tarantino on the map. It’s perfection incarnate, and …

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The Undesirable: Blu-Ray Review

Review by Robert T. Trate Starring: Lili Berky, Victor Varconi, Mari Jászai Directed by: Michael Curtiz Running time: 66 minutes Year of release: 1914 Rating: NR For those of us that truly love film, we often look back at our favorite directors. This is usually done because it is easier to dive into a director’s filmography instead of patiently waiting for …