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Looking Back: When A Stranger Calls (2006)

Here is a clever, if somewhat disrespectful, way to shape a movie remake. Instead of re-doing the entire movie, how about simply remaking the one scene that worked and stretching it out for 90 minutes? Fred Walton’s 1979 hit, “When A Stranger Calls” starred Carol Kane as a babysitter plagued by threatening phone calls during a babysitting gig. Her gradual, …

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Looking Back: Popcorn (1991)

I once attended a retrospective screening of the original “Friday the 13th” where the audience was sprayed with “blood” and a man in a hockey mask would stalk the aisles every thirty minutes. It was a midnight showing at the legendary Mayan Theater in Denver and no one seemed to mind that they were being lightly spritzed with water containing …

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Looking Back: The Da Vinci Code (2006)

Some films are deemed controversial, as a casual way of declaring them difficult for mass audience consumption (like Ken Russell’s “Whore”). Sometimes the term is used to drum up business for a movie that has little chance of breaking out (like Jennifer Lynch’s “Boxing Helena”). Then there are the films that question and deconstruct matters of faith and explore difficult …

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Looking Back: Hoosiers (1986)

” Hoosiers,” David Anspaugh’s acclaimed 1986 debut as a film director, is a sacred film to its fan base. What I find surprising is that those who love the movie aren’t just basketball fans or even devotees of its star, Gene Hackman. I’ve encountered “Hoosiers” fans who see the film as not merely a sterling example of the sports drama …

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Looking Back: The Doors (1991)

The boldest touch in Oliver Stone’s film “The Doors” is that it never glorifies its subject matter, rocker/poet Jim Morrison. Rather than create a loving ode to the so-called “Lizard King” and celebrate his body of work, Stone’s film portrays Morrison as a vile monster, a wordsmith who tarnished every meaningful friendship he ever made. Morrison fronted The Doors, one …

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Looking Back: Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

How much you like “Bridget Jones’ Diary” depends on how endearing you find Rene Zellweger’s interpretation of the character. It came as a shock to many when Zellweger, a soft spoken Texan, was cast in the part of Jones, a British party girl and “wanton sex goddess.” Fans of Helen Fielding’s book had a clear idea of who Jones was …

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Looking Back: World Trade Center (2006)

The pain of 9/11 wasn’t something I was eager to revisit in a movie theater, not five years after it occurred and not even today. There were many in 2006 whose “too soon” mantra reflected how most felt about seeing a cinematic recreation of one of most horrible incidents to ever occur in this country. I was curious to see …

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Looking Back: Bound (1996)

When “Bound,” the directorial debut of the Wachowski siblings, first appeared in 1996, reporters always remarked about the film’s sexual content and novel approach to gender reversal. It seemed every time I’d come across on article on the acclaimed film, it was always noted that “Bound” was “the lesbian movie,” or “that lesbian crime thriller” or “the neo-noir crime drama …

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Looking Back: That Thing You Do! (1996)

Rock and Roll movies tend to focus on the self destructive tendencies of the artists in question and drown their audience in excess. I’m not really complaining, as I enjoy “The Doors,” “The Rose” and even “Walk Hard: The Dewy Cox Story” as much as any other rabid music drama fan. However, not every music bio needs to center around …

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Looking Back: The Golden Child (1986)

How do you top “Beverly Hills Cop”? That’s the question everyone at Paramount Pictures wondered after Eddie Murphy’s 1984 comedy smash became the most successful R-rated comedy of all time. In the mid-1980’s, Murphy was one of the biggest movie stars in the world and the promise of a follow-up movie promised big things. It also gave Paramount Pictures an …

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