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Today in Movie History: July 17

The premise was ridiculous. The specifics sounded dumber than a bag of rocks. And that title? What were they thinking?! So it looked thirty years ago right up until the moment Peter Weller’s cybernetic crime-stopper marched on screen to keep the streets of old Detriot safe. RoboCop delivered (among other things) a brilliant sci-fi actioner, a savage satire of 80s culture, a viable comic-book …

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Today in Movie History: June 1

Though it didn’t foster a full-bore revival of the Hollywood musical, Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge! succeeded in updating the baggy old genre for an entirely new generation. Luhrmann’s trademark attention span deficit and the expert addition of modern pop songs into the mix turned an exercise in empty style into a beloved modern classic, and while I struggle with the film’s abrupt …

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Today in Movie History: March 20

Two very different crime movies opened today, starting with the original Pink Panther, an agreeable farce that spawned a similarly agreeable franchise. They existed primarily as a showcase for Peter Sellers’ comedic talents, which is interesting considering that Sellers’ bumbling Inspector Clouseau was a secondary character in the original film (and less of a buffoon to boot). But, in typical Sellers …