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Reform School Girls

There are a lot of dark corners to the human brain. Somewhere back there is the part that has a fascination with women behind bars. The “Women in Prison” genre has long been a favorite of B-movie producers. Producer/director Roger Corman certainly put out his share of these films. So it seems only fitting that…

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Fraternity Vacation

Director James Frawley may not be the most recognizable name when it comes to directors, but he has had a hand in several projects that are important to me. He got his start directing many episodes of the classic 60’s series The Monkees. That alone makes him ok in my book, but then in 1979…

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A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon

There was a time in the late 80’s and early 90’s when River Phoenix was one of the hottest teen stars out there. This is at a time when teen-oriented movies were huge. And then, abruptly, it all came to an end with his death at age 23, the result of a drug overdose. In…

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Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects

J. Lee Thompson is a filmmaker with a unique filmography spread out over his nearly 40 year career. In the 60’s he directed films like The Guns of Navarone and the original Cape Fear. In the early 70’s he helmed the last two Planet of the Apes films. Then in the latter part of the…

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Fast Food

I have a teenage daughter who is starting to look for a part time job. Thing is, she’s pretty much sworn off working in fast food. I can’t say I blame her, I was the same way when I was her age. Today’s movie takes us into the world of speedy food service, but I don’t…

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Power

I’ve heard something about an election coming up in a few days. I kind of wish I was blissfully unaware, to be honest with you. I’ve become frustrated with the disgusting behavior I’ve seen from candidates and their supporters on both sides of the aisle. At least I can escape into the world of movies.…

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Stroker Ace

Sometimes I’m really surprised by the career path of some film directors. They don’t all just show up in Hollywood one day and start directing films. Joel Schumacher, for example, started as a costume designer…and now we have bat-nipples. Making a bit more sense is the career of Hal Needham, who first gained success as…