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Looking Back: Misery (1990)

“I’m your number one fan.” Is there anyone alive who doesn’t know the origin of that quote? While many have uttered that phrase, it’s safe to say that few have meant it as much as Annie Wilkes, in declaring her love for Paul Sheldon, her favorite writer and captive. In Stephen King’s 1987 novel, Wilkes, a reclusive former nurse, is …

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Looking Back: Dolores Claiborne (1995)

When Stephen King fans make their lists of favorite King movie adaptations, the usual suspects are usually all there. Yet, while the Overlook Hotel, Andy DeFrame, the four boys in search of a body, and Cujo the dog are always referenced, hardly anyone mentions or even remembers Dolores Clairborne, the tough-as-nails, lived-in soul that King created and Kathy Bates embodied …

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Looking Back: Wild Bill (1995)

Every movie Walter Hill makes is a western. It doesn’t matter if the film in question is a dust and wagons horse opera, an 80’s-set biker musical, an landmark “buddy-cop comedy,” or an L.A. gang fable. Hill shapes his narratives on the notion of the wild west, in which masculine figures in lawless landscapes are defined by their often violent …

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Looking Back: A Sound of Thunder (2005)

By the time the much-delayed, reportedly “troubled” “A Sound of Thunder” (barely) made its way to theaters, late in the summer of 2005, there was no one in its corner. That may be one of the reasons I went to see it the weekend it opened and took to it so fondly. Like a puppy found on a doorstep, drenched …

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Movie Flashback: Poolhall Junkies (2002)

“This one’s for all the marbles, boys.” The start of the movie introduces us to a young Johnny Doyle (Nathan Stevens). A pool player who has dreams of becoming the best pool player in the world. His backer, Joe (Chazz Palminteri) keeps him in the dark and holds him back from greatness, but under his tutelage Johnny becomes quite the …

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Movie Flashback: The Dead Lands (2014)

“If I do not return… tell stories about me.” “The Dead Lands” is a brutal coming of age story set in New Zealand’s tribal age. Back when the land was known under the Maori name of Aotearoa and before the first European settlers ever set foot there. Tribes rule the land and pacts of honor are made and upheld. “The …

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Looking Back: After Hours (1985)

There is a Martin Scorsese that not even some of his most vocal fans seem fully aware of. While the director of “Goodfellas,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “The Departed” and other modern day classics know him as the director of sprawling, graphically violent, highly profane and intimately character-driven crime stories, many would be surprised to discover how versatile his …

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Looking Back: Nixon (1995)

It is not the responsibility of cinema to be faithful to history. I feel the need to write this when reviewing a film by Oliver Stone, a filmmaker I love, whose work has been vilified by many for exaggerating or outright altering the course of history in his narratives, in part or flamboyantly. When Stone creates a cinematic facsimile of …

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Looking Back: Billy Madison (1995)

In the opening scenes of “Billy Madison,” Adam Sandler (playing the title character) is singing about the virtues of suntan lotion. Moments later, he’s chanting “Nudie Magazine Day” and trying to hit an imaginary swan with a golf cart. Then, he’s present at a dinner party where, in lieu of dialog, he makes jibberish sounds of protest against a business …

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Looking Back: What Lies Beneath (2000)

Robert Zemeckis managed to squeeze two movies into 2000, in a way that demonstrates his innovative approach to filmmaking. This is the filmmaker who made the two “Back to the Future” sequels back-to-back (before others thought to shoot franchise films this way). The years-in-the-making world of Zemeckis’ “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” is so seamless, no live action/animation hybrid has come …

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