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Hostiles

“I’ve killed everything that’s walked or crawled. If you do it enough, you get used to it.” JJ and Steve are heading out west this month. It’s a long and grueling journey, and one of them may not make it to the end. It’s a Trailer Rewind first. This month they dig into the Saturday…

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Duck You Sucker

"If it’s a revolution, it’s confusion. Where there’s confusion, a man who knows what he wants stands a good chance of getting it." Sergio Leone really wanted to produce his next film after his western opus Once Upon a Time in the West, but unfortunately, no one would have it. They wanted him in the…

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Once Upon a Time in the West

"You don’t sell the dream of a lifetime." Sergio Leone didn’t want to return to westerns after his Man With No Name trilogy – he already felt like made his western epic and wanted to move on to something else. When Paramount offered him a three picture deal with a big budget AND Henry Fonda…

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Day of the Dead

When George Romero set out to make his final film in his original zombie trilogy, he had to cut his script back quite a bit to fit the budget he was given. While he said he still told the story he set out to tell, it leaves you wondering what elements of his story might…

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Dawn of the Dead

“They’re after the place. They don’t know why, they just remember – remember that they want to be in here.” It took George A. Romero 10 years to get back to the world of zombies that he’d created in 1968, and largely that was because he wasn’t that interested to return initially. It took a…

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Raw

"I'm sure you'll find a solution, honey." Steve couldn’t ask JJ to stomach this month’s film, so he brought Andy in to chew the fat on this one. Andy admits that if he were at this school he would have been out of there right away. Steve, as usual, thinks this film may be about…

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Night of the Living Dead

“Kill the brain and you kill the ghoul.” Zombies are commonplace nowadays, but in the mid 60s, they were more connected to voodoo stories. It wasn’t until George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead in 1968 when zombies as we know them today became firmly established. But how well does the film hold up…

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First Man

“We need to fail down here so we don’t fail up there.” Buckle up for an intense journey on this one with the Film Board as we examine the story of struggles and successes that adorn the space race and the USA’s historic effort to reach the Moon. First Man is a Neil Armstrong biopic…

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Danger: Diabolik

“Don’t come near, honey. Molten gold wouldn’t suit your skin.” Creating a movie from a comic book has obviously become a huge way to make money at the box office these days, but back in the late 60s, it seemed a bit riskier. Dino de Laurentiis wanted to make a film out of the incredibly…

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The Detective

Frank Sinatra and his rat pack are found in specific types of films, so seeing him in this dark, realistic detective story seems like a bit of surprise. When you think back to his performances in films like From Here to Eternity and The Manchurian Candidate, however, it’s easier to see how Sinatra might fit…

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