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She

Usually, when we think of Britain’s Hammer Studios, we think of their series of gothic horror films. Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy…they did them all, often with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee in tow. But Hammer wasn’t all about horror, take 1965’s “She,” a sort of supernatural adventure which still had Cushing and Lee, joined this time…

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Three O’Clock High

I was a teenager in the 80’s, and in the 80’s teen age movies were king.  There were tons of them!  John Hughes and his many copycats ruled the box office.  I admit to having a special place in my heart for the 80’s teen films, especially the Hughes movies which, like my own life,…

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Abe Lincoln in Illinois

Have you ever heard someone say that a certain actor was “born to play that part?”  Not to discredit anybody’s acting abilities, but often that assessment is based on appearance.  Many years before Robert Downey Jr. was chosen to play the title role in “Chaplin,” the thought occurred to me that he certainly looked like…

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Cookie

From an early age, I watched Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert do their movie reviews on TV.  From their time on Chicago’s PBS station, to national syndication…I always watched them.  In 1987, I remember seeing them praise a British film called “Wish You Were Here.”  To this day I still haven’t seen that film, but…

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Under the Rainbow

One of Hollywood’s most persistent legends is the tale of the trashing of the Culver Hotel at the hands of the Munchkins. Rumor has it that during the production of “The Wizard of Oz,” the Munchkins would spend their nights at the hotel engaged in wild drunken parties. Some versions of the legend replace the…