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Looking Back: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994)

Back in January, I had the privilege of sitting in on “The Mike Rosen Show,” Denver’s #1 talk show. Rosen had me there to discuss movies. The topic of the woeful, forgettable “I, Frankenstein” came up. Rosen asked me who was my favorite Frankenstein (he meant which actor playing Frankenstein’s Monster did I prefer). Without hesitation, I answered, “Robert De …

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Looking Back: The Abyss (1989)

James Cameron is nearly unmatched in crafting limitlessly imaginative spectacle. His detractors could rightfully claim that the value of the story and accompanying dialogue didn’t always live up to the staggering imagery. Yet, when the imagery and film craftsmanship is this good, the storytelling succeeds in spite of the flaws. There are two titles in Cameron’s remarkable filmography that stand …

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Looking Back: Wolf (1994)

The introductory scenes of “Wolf” are so perfect, it feels like a slow build to the definitive werewolf movie. Even the titles are just right, as the beaming Columbia Pictures logo is suddenly engulfed by fog, then a full moon. The credits unfold over spooky sounds, Ennio Morricone’s playful score and imagery of a dark, sinister-looking night in Vermont. We …

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Looking Back: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

Is there anyone alive who could resist the charm of “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids”? For a movie that was made in the late 1980’s, it holds up even better than I remembered. My adoration of this breezy, exciting family film hasn’t waned over time but I was amazed how well this still plays. It seems there’s something timeless about …

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Looking Back: The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

Here’s a remake that truly wasn’t just a re-hash of the original and matches the deep-seeded paranoia and creepiness of its predecessor. It’s also every bit as forced as most remakes and stands meekly in the large shadow cast by the first film bearing the title. The 1962 “Manchurian Candidate” firmly remains a classic American film, depicting our fears of …

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Looking Back: The Village (2004)

The turning point for M. Night Shyamalan’s career came with the release of “The Village” in 2004, only it wasn’t the kind of redirection most would desire. As a writer/director, he survived seeing his first film, 1997’s “Wide Awake,” get compromised in the editing room, dumped in theaters and mostly forgotten. His extraordinary comeback, “The Sixth Sense” in 1999, jolted …

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Looking Back: UHF (1989)

Twenty-five years ago, “Weekend at Bernie’s,” “Young Einstein” and “UHF” were all playing in theaters. Well, “Bernie’s” actually played for a while, as the other two only briefly made the rounds before becoming favorites on videocassette. Of the three, “Bernie’s” was the most financially successful and is arguably the one containing the most “edge,” which is like saying “Police Academy …

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Looking Back: Blown Away

Its embarrassing, I imagine, to be upstaged by a bus, but that’s exactly what happened to the underrated 1994 summer thriller, “Blown Away.” Released a few weeks after the monstrously popular and somewhat similar, mad-bomber-on-the-loose adventure, “Speed,” “Blown Away” suffered in comparison and saw its thunder stolen by Keanu Reeves vs. Dennis Hopper, a movie stealing Sandra Bullock, lots of …

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Looking Back at “Weekend at Bernie’s”

I appreciate the recent slew of articles that fondly remember the summer of 1989, particularly giving attention to Tim Burton’s landmark “Batman” and the effect it had on the zeigeist, appreciative audiences, worldwide box office receipts and the shaping of the modern day comic book movie. I love the film but I’m fond of most of the big summer movies …

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