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How Steven Spielberg Handpicked Robert Zemeckis to Direct I Wanna Hold Your Hand

As executive producer, Steven Spielberg convinced Universal to allow the untested Robert Zemeckis to direct the 1978 Beatlemania film I Wanna Hold Your Hand by personally pledging to take over the rol… Read More

The Controversial and Provocative Exploitation Thriller <i>The Little Girl who Lives Down the Lane</i>

Something you tangle with often as a fan of unusual and controversial movies is: “why should anyone watch this?” This comes up especially with movies which by their nature are provocative and cross lines in an attempt to sell more tickets. Read More

Actor John Cazale gave his final performance in The Deer Hunter while seriously ill with cancer. When the studio discovered Cazale's illness they demanded he be removed from the project over the objec… Read More

I Wanna Hold Your Hand – The Nostaglic Beatlemania Film from Robert Zemeckis

Robert Zemeckis, best known for his special effects wizardry in his later films like Back to the Future and Forrest Gump, had his feature debut with his nostalgic take on Beatlemania with 1978's I Wan… Read More

Dirty Harry: Second thoughts nearly 50 years after my dad snuck me into my first R-rated movie

Dirty Harry, the now-evergreen 1971 Clint Eastwood vehicle that a thousand vigilante cop movies may seem like an odd choice for a sentimental favourite, but my eyes always moisten a bit when it’s on screen. Read More

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