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[VIDEO] ‘The Big Sleep’, 1946

Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he’s seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love. Director: Howard Hawks Writers:  William Faulkner (screen play),  Leigh Brackett (screen [...]

The Professional: Luc Besson’s 1994 classic

The Professional is one of my favorite ’90s movies. It’s a film that could easily have been one of the many entertaining-but-disposable action thrillers by director Luc Besson, but for three things: The cast, the original, risky romantic [...]

Happy Birthday, Cyd Charisse

Sheila O’Malley writes: Legs for weeks, not days. While there are so many classic and unforgettable dance numbers to choose from, the “Girl Hunt” number from Band Wagon is my favorite. Please read this wonderful tribute to Charisse by [...]

‘Godzilla Raids Again’, 1955

Synopsis for ‘Gojira no gyakushû‘ – ‘Godzilla Raids Again‘ (1955)   In a seaplane searching for tuna pilot, Tsukioka (Hiroshi Koizumi) appears to spot a school before circling a ship, and reporting his position to [...]

Asian Film Festival unspools in Osaka

Mark Schilling writes: Why go to Osaka to see films? I may sound like an insufferable Tokyo snob asking this, but given all the hundreds of movies on offer in the nation’s capital, it’s worth answering to justify the shinkansen ticket. One [...]

R.I.P. IMDb Message Boards, 2001-2017

Upon the closing of the IMDb message boards, we take a look at what we’ve lost. Tara Yarlagadda writes: Legions of online film fans wept as the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), the most popular film and TV review site with upwards of 250 [...]