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Looking Back Special Edition: The Land Has Eyes (2005)

When a film artist announces their arrival, with a work of cinema created in a place not known for filmmaking, lovers of film tend to take notice. After all, prior to the arrival of George A. Romero, Perry Henzell and Herk Harvey, who knew they made movies in Pittsburgh (“Night of the Living Dead”), Jamaica (“The Harder They Come”) or …

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Looking Back: Constantine (2005)

Before Keanu Reeves was John Wick, he played John Constantine a decade ago, in a vehicle that typically fills comic book fan boys with instantaneous bouts of rage. Not that I blame them. The Hellblazer series, put out by DC Comics, portrays Constantine as a blonde, British smart ass who has the ability to journey back and forth between Earth …

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Looking Back: The Adventures of Mark Twain (1985)

There has never been a film like “The Adventures of Mark Twain,” before or since. That alone should be enough reason to seek it out. Will Vinton’s groundbreaking 1985 children’s film is, of this date, the only film made in Claymation, the clay-animated style that made him famous. You’ve seen Vinton’s work. Anyone who remembers the California Raisons, the scary …

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Looking Back: The Island (2005)

I really hate Michael Bay’s movies. They remind me of bad carnival rides, stale Doritoes, a Slip N’ Slide with rocks underneath and other things that look like fun but are brutally punishing. My former film students can vouch that I have vocally expressed my passionate dislike for the Cinema of Bayhem, though I always admit, there is an exception …

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Looking Back: Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins… (1985)

Few movie titles are more ironic than “Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins…”, which incorrectly assumed there would be many more films to follow. Truth be told, there should have been more, as this franchise-to-be was unique and had a lot of promise. The ongoing assignments of CURE agent Remo Williams and his sensei, Chiun, the “Master of Sinanju”, had the …

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Looking Back: Match Point (2005)

Woody Allen makes one movie a year, a fact his longtime fans have annually taken as a gift and something of a warning. If he made a great movie, it would provide yet another career high mark to add to his already stellar list of wonderful, highly accomplished, New York-centric films. Or, it would result in a forgettable dud that …

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Looking Back: Higher Learning (1995)

The buzz of “Animal House” wears off pretty quickly after a single viewing of “Higher Learning.” When I caught up with this film, early in 1995, I had a year to go before college. Like a lot of things in life I was still too young to experience, everything I knew about campus life, I knew from the movies. The …

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Looking Back: Congo (1995)

The thing about “Congo” that is so odd and hard to ignore is how little the movie takes itself seriously. Here was the first Michael Crichton adaptation to follow “Jurassic Park,” based on another of his meticulously researched, science-based bestselling novels and it was opening up in the summer of 1995. The stakes seemed really high: it was reported in …

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G Money’s Movie Flashback: Avatar

Walking into the theatre to see “Avatar” back in 2009, I was expecting to experience a film that would transcend a genre. This is what James Cameron is known to do and, in some respects, he has. But when it comes to the portrayal of its characters and telling a coherent story, this film couldn’t hit a glass house with …

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Looking Back: Tales From The Darkside: The Movie (1990)

That creepy theme music was enough to scare me. I’d turn the station before the opening introduction of “Tales From The Darkside” would play in full. There was something about that four-note theme, juxtaposed over idyllic, countryside imagery and the narration, recited by what sounded like the world’s scariest geriatric. The narrator would open every episode with: “Man lives in …

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