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Film - Chuck Koplinski
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006 12:00 am

Tinseltown busily churns out new versions of classic horror flicks

Hollywood is not currently in its golden age of horror, and to compensate it is remaking the horror films of better days. An unusually high number of horror films from the ’70s have been remade
Film - Chuck Koplinski
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006 12:00 am

Why is overrated Goodfellas viewed as the yardstick of his career?

The Departed is being hailed as Martin Scorsese’s best film since Goodfellas (1990). The new film is a great, solid work that ranks among the director’s great achievements, but the compari
Film - Chuck Koplinski
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006 12:00 am

Nicholson keeps expanding his range

Jack Nicholson has reached a milestone with the release of The Departed. His career as a major star has now tied the incredible run of John Wayne. For those in doubt, let’s do the math. Wayne ac
Film - Chuck Koplinski
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006 12:00 am

Realistic portrayals of military life are hard to find

The Guardian is a rare military movie in that it focuses on the Coast Guard, but ultimately it is also much different from other noncombat films. The absolute need for major conflict results in the sa
Film - Chuck Koplinski
Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006 12:00 am

He doesn’t limit himself to one genre -- and that’s why he’s so good

The Black Dahlia is the latest murder thriller from Brian De Palma, who has spent his long career trying to shake the label of Hitchcock rip-off artist. The fact that he has made many films in that ge
Film - Chuck Koplinski
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006 12:00 am

Homicide is more fascinating when it’s dressed up in a Tinseltown story

Murder is more fascinating when it is dressed up as a true Hollywood story, and two new theatrical releases dramatize a pair of legendary stories. Hollywoodland delves into the mystery of Superman sta
Film - Chuck Koplinski
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2006 12:00 am

Why Jason Statham is a different kind of action star

Jason Statham (pronounced “stay-thum,” with a hard “th”) is a different kind of action star. Unlike Schwarzenegger or Stallone, he speaks fluent English, although it is Cockney
Film - Chuck Koplinski
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006 12:00 am

When they turn the cameras around, things get weird

Hollywood’s biggest recent controversies stem from the behavior of two of its biggest stars. Ironically, the one who committed the lesser crime is the one who was fired. Why is a major studio so
Film - Chuck Koplinski
Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006 12:00 am

Why nobody wants to kill off Samuel L. Jackson

One of Samuel L. Jackson’s directors told the screenwriter that he couldn’t kill Jackson’s character. His contention? Jackson is the most trusted man in America, and audiences would
Film - Chuck Koplinski
Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2006 12:00 am

His best film likely is one you missed

How could a film starring one of the biggest box-office draws in the world slip by without a trace? In between his Pirates of the Caribbean blockbusters, Johnny Depp starred in a true oddity titled Th


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