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‘Hideaway’: mourning an addict’s death

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The French writer-director Francois Ozon had a taste of U.S. mainstream success with his 2003 thriller, “Swimming Pool,” in which Charlotte Rampling played a suspense novelist who began to get lost in her own morbid imagination. The film wasn’t exactly a smash hit, but it received much wider circulation than the average import — including […] [Read More]
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‘People I Know’: the lost Al Pacino movie

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You wouldn’t think that a movie starring Al Pacino and Kim Basinger would sit on a shelf for two years and then get a cursory theatrical release that earned only a little more than $100,000. But that’s what happened to the 2003 film “People I Know,” which very few moviegoers have heard of let alone […] [Read More]
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The best movies that we’ll never see

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For a great idea well executed check out Simon Braund’s book “The Greatest Movies You’ll Never See” (Cassell Illustrated). Subtitled “Unseen Masterpieces by the World’s Greatest Directors” the book examines abandoned moviemaking projects by Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock and many others. Braund ranges over almost 100 years of film history, from Charlie Chaplin’s never-filmed Napoleon […] [Read More]
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‘Sexplosion’: testing artistic limits in the ’60s

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HarperCollins’ !t Books division published Robert Hofler’s “Sexplosion” to less press attention than it deserved. The book is an illuminating and entertaining look back at when publishing, movies and theater got much sexier in the late 1960s. Porn is so readily available now, and cable productions such as “Girls” are so sexually explicit, that it’s […] [Read More]
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‘The Sleepy Time Gal’: Jackie Bisset’s lost triumph

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Never quite an A-list star but someone who has worked continuously — and well — in film and television for almost 50 years, Jacqueline Bisset has always been a seriously underrated and under-utilized actress. Her Hollywood resume is nothing to sneeze at — ranging from “Bullitt’ to “Murder on the Orient Express” and, yes, “The […] [Read More]
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A quintessential 1970s Jeff Bridges vehicle

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If you want to see why it took so long for Jeff Bridges to win an Oscar, rent “Winter Kills,” the fabulous thriller/satire/horror-comedy that the actor starred in 36 years ago. Bridges is terrific in the movie — as usual — but the 1979 box-office flop is a quintessential Jeff Bridges vehicle. Daring, eccentric, and with little or no chance of […] [Read More]
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Bad Movies We Love: Susan Hayward in ‘Ada’

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Never what you would call a subtle actress, Susan Hayward had an energy and charisma that served her well for more than 30 years on screen. Hayward always seemed to be aware of the goofiness just under the surface of some of her most serious dramas — she’d give the over-heated lines a campy spin […] [Read More]
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The man who threw out the centerfold airbrush

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The EPIX cable service has been giving HBO a run for its money with an interesting and varied slate of documentaries that they have fed directly to many of the major download services. In 2013, EPIX debuted a devastating film, “TWA Flight 800,” that took apart the official government story of the July 17,1996 jet […] [Read More]
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