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Looking Back: Hudson Hawk (1991)

“Hudson Hawk” is a movie that lives on with infamy between my father and I. It serves as a secret handshake between us. Whenever we recount a movie that didn’t work, an experience in a movie theater that was bad or a film that disappointed on enormous levels, the conversation always drifts towards Bruce Willis’ “Hudson Hawk.” While the film …

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Looking Back: Hook (1991)

Steven Spielberg’s “Hook” is an easy film to defend and an even easier movie to enjoy. It seems this wasn’t the case in 1991, when the film’s widely reported, then-massive budget was a poorly kept secret and source of industry gossip. Other complaints were made that, both then and now, didn’t entirely make any sense. It seems most of the …

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Looking Back: William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996)

Baz Luhrman’s highly unorthodox adaptation of William Shakespeare’s most famous love story was a big deal for me and my acting buddies in college. I was a freshman in 1996 and deep into my theater studies when the film was released. Spending months in theater classes, constantly rehearsing new plays and reading up on actors like Marlon Brando and Kenneth …

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Looking Back: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991)

The lesson learned from “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze” is that you can never go home. Specifically, you can’t go back to the year before and make a better movie than the 1990 surprise blockbuster directed by Steve Barron. There was something truly special and uniquely hip about Barron’s film. With its state of the …

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Looking Back: Children of Men (2006)

I was initially reluctant to see “Children of Men” and for an admittedly dopey reason. It was in early morning of November of 2006 that I was at the Cherry Creek Mall in Denver, Colorado. The mall’s movie theater was showing a series of year-end Oscar contenders for the Colorado press and I was there for a 9am screening of …

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Looking Back: The Prestige (2006)

Fans of Christian Bale should pay closer attention to “The Prestige,” as it offers a window into his process as an actor more than any other role he’s taken. Bale has played an astonishing lot of versatile characters in many great films and demonstrated, time and time again, his utter dedication to his craft. Both chameleon-like and clever enough to …

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Looking Back: Rat Race (2001)

I first became aware of this movie after my brother caught it at a Hollywood test screening. He called me up, breathlessly describing a movie I had not heard of before. He told me it had Cuba Gooding Jr and Whoopi Goldberg in it, that the funniest scene involved a Kathy Bates and a sight gag involving a squirrel. This …

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Looking Back: Legally Blonde (2001)

Elle Woods is, strangely, a constant presence in my life. I saw “Legally Blonde” when it premiered in 2001, in part because I thought Reese Witherspoon’s performance in “Election” was among the best I’d seen in 1999. Also drawing me to the film was how Sanne, my college theater instructor and lifelong friend, declared her love for the film, noting …

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Looking Back: True Stories (1986)

The Talking Heads and its lead singer, David Byrne, excelled at creating rock art. Their music was strange, catchy, risk taking and fantastic. Before they disbanded, The Talking Heads established themselves as one of the greatest American bands of the late 20th century and their music continues to be radio staples. Here is the cinematic interpretation of their music, as …

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Looking Back: Superman Returns (2006)

You have to love “Superman- The Movie” as much as Bryan Singer does to make a film like “Superman Returns.” As result, you’ll likely love “Superman Returns” if you’re as fond of the 1978-1981 Christopher Reeve-starring Superman movies as I am. The great thing about Singer’s film is that, in tone and in the casting of Brandon Routh as Superman, …

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