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Looking Back: Wonder Boys (2000)

The last time I saw “Wonder Boys,” it was three years ago, at a point when its characters were all very real figures in my life. While working on my Master’s degree, I had to write an extensive analysis on the film, comparing it to Michael Chabon’s source novel. At the time, I was also working as a film lecturer …

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Looking Back: Elizabethtown (2005)

The opening scenes of “Elizabethtown” are about an idealistic young man dealing with a catastrophic business failure, a lavish bomb that hurts his credibility and standing amongst his peers. In the movie, Orlando Bloom plays the character in question, the creator of a hyped and poorly received shoe that results in a nearly 1 billion dollar loss. In real life, …

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Looking Back: The Russia House (1990)

The elusive issue of movie star chemistry always comes up whenever two attractive, charismatic film actors are paired together. In some cases, it’s more important to ask just how electric the sexual chemistry is between the two above-the-title headliners than whether the film itself properly contains them. There are prime examples of when the films are as smokin’ hot and …

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Looking Back: House Party (1990)

Celebrating 25 years since the release of “House Party” is enough for me to crank up my Tony Toni Tone CD’s, bust out my dusty but still-got-it “Running Man” moves and watch Kid N’ Play videos on YouTube for an hour. I’m not kidding. I love “House Party.” Here’s a movie that came out when I was 13 years old …

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Looking Back: The Basketball Diaries (1995)

A funny thing happened after James Cameron’s “Titanic” became a worldwide blockbuster and pop-culture behemoth. Around the spring of 1998, when the movie (which opened in November of ’97) was still the # 1 movie in America and the world was in full Titanic Mania, Leonardo DiCaprio’s body of work began to take on a whole new life. His starring …

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Looking Back: The Polar Express (2004)

Ten years ago, the thought of paying a surcharge for the attraction of seeing a movie in 3-D didn’t seem entirely reasonable. After all, how good could this gimmick possibly be? Weren’t we talking about the tacky sensation of wearing cardboard glasses with red and blue lenses? Would it really improve a movie going experience by having characters suddenly thrust …

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Looking Back: Ed Wood (1994)

As Tim Burton’s latest work, “Big Eyes,” opens nationwide, it gives long time fans a chance to note their favorite films from this popular and prolific filmmaker. Burton, along with David Lynch, brought surrealism and expressionist filmmaking into mainstream America. Of equal importance is how Tim Burton managed to make large budget studio works that never lost the vision, personality, …

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Looking Back: The Green Mile (1999)

Seeing “The Green Mile” for the first time is such a strange, challenging experience. Few three-hour prison dramas had this amount of goodwill hanging over them: writer/director Frank Darabont was once again adapting a Stephen King drama to the big screen, his previous directing credit being “The Shawshank Redemption.” That film, which flopped in theaters, became a cult phenomenon and …

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Looking Back: Nothing Lasts Forever (1984)

For most of my childhood, this was the one, the film I chased for years and could never find. Being an enormous fan of Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd, it was the sole film listed in their body of work I had never seen. While it was (barely) released in 1984, I could never acquire any new information on the …

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Looking Back: Star Trek: Generations (1994)

You could always tell when a big event movie was opening on Maui if the lines were exceptionally long. In the days before movies playing on multiple theaters or online tickets providing guaranteed seating, Maui movie lovers would have to wait in long, long lines which sometimes wrapped around the theater in question more than once. Since this column is …

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