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Daily Archives: July 26, 2017

Film noir was a staple of cinema from the 1940s to the late 50’s. Many of these films were cheesy or overly melodramatic, but also many gems were made that are considered some of the best films ever made. As the years waned on, film noir evolved into neo-noir with films that were more edgy and violently graphic. Recently, the… Read more »

26 July 2017 | Features, Film Lists

After the original three-season run of Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek on NBC television, it looked highly unlikely that there would be any more of it to come. After so many episodes, ideas had run out and the show was stuck, as the USS Enterprise had been so many times, without even impulse power to drive it forward. Only Roddenberry kept… Read more »

26 July 2017 | Features, Film Lists

When Ian Fleming’s first spy novel “Casino Royale” hit bookstores in the UK in 1953, the world was introduced to the soon-to-be iconic British spy James Bond. The book detailed the exploits of the martini-drinking secret agent with a license to kill, becoming an instant hit in the publishing world, and soon more novels would follow. Fleming was a former… Read more »

26 July 2017 | Features, People Lists

Before the Samuel L Jackson/Eugene Levy ‘comedy’ The Man reached multiplexes, Jackson suggested it be screened for victims of Hurricane Katrina, who protested that they’d already suffered enough. Having survived one disaster, they were in no mood to sit through 83 minutes of lame action and flatulence gags. Joking aside, there really are comedies so flat and dispiriting that returning… Read more »

26 July 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Australian director Peter Weir has had a fairly long and distinguished career as a true master of his craft, earning him a wealth of award nominations and wins across the thirty odd years he has spent creating some of the most wonderful, life-affirming cinematic yarns of the period. Of course, there’s actually a fair amount of variety to Weir’s output… Read more »

26 July 2017 | Features, Film Lists