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    The Obsessive World of Michael Mann

    Michael Mann is fascinated by obsessives who work on opposite sides of the law. In fact, when you go over his filmography, it’s filled with them: loners who are hardened by choice and keep others at a constant arm’s-length, indulging in their skills instead. Starting in 1981, Mann made his first feature, Thief, about a […] More

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    Top 10 “One Last Job” Scenes

    With November Man out, excitement for Pierce Bosnan’s return to spying is at an all-time high for many James Bond fans. November Man, based on the seventh installment of Bill Granger’s book series called There Are No Spies, is about ex- CIA agent Peter Devereaux (Pierce Bosnan). While living a quiet life in Switzerland, Devereaux […] More

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    The Definitive Kubrickian Films: 40-31

    As we spend a month looking at the great Stanley Kubrick, we can also look at the filmmakers who were clearly influenced by Kubrick. “Kubrickian” films tend to exercise incredible control of the camera, are extremely ambitious, tend to deal with much weightier themes, and always maintain a sense of mystery, like a there’s an […] More

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    Cinema’s Greatest Villains: The 1990’s

    Villains have always been and will always be some of the most fascinating and memorable characters in the world of genre film.  Here we will take a look at the greatest villains of cinema from the 1990’s. The criteria for this article is the same as in my previous articles Cinema’s Greatest Villains: The 1970’s […] More

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    A Feast For The Eyes: Famous Film Eateries

    Locations in films are rarely the thing an average filmgoer remembers after watching a film; it’s always about the story, character and the lines they say that later form the proverbial ‘word of mouth.’ However, when you think of great confrontations, conversations and simple exchanges, they always take place in a nice public setting – […] More

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    Eight Counts of Grand Theft Cinema

    We love crime movies. We may go on and on about Scorsese’s ability to incorporate Italian neo-realism techniques into Mean Streets (1973), the place of John Huston’s The Asphalt Jungle (1950) in the canon of postwar noir, The Godfather (1972) as a socio-cultural commentary on the distortion of the ideals of the American dream blah […] More

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    4 Films, One Fatal Flaw Away From Greatness

    Imagine if the studio’s wishes had been fulfilled, and Robert Redford had been cast as Michael Corleone in The Godfather. Or imagine if Raiders of the Lost Ark had been scored by Randy Newman. What would it be like if Apocalypse Now ended with a musical number, complete with Montagnard cabaret dancers and Marlon Brando […] More

  • Top Ten Cop Movies

    Authors note: Okay, let me just a minute to explain about my relationship with cop movies. I love them! As an ex-actor my ideal role would be that of some down on his luck, hardboiled cop! The very first feature length script I completed was a cop thriller! I did my very best at channeling […] More

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    Naked Lunch Radio #25 – The Bank Job

    listen now Download show According to the Independence Hall Association in Philadelphia, the first bank robbery in America happened during the night of August 31 or the early morning of September 1, 1798 at the Bank of Pennsylvania at Carpenters’ Hall. The vaults were apparently robbed of $162,821, or approximately $1.8 million in 2006 dollars. […] More