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Why Was Tommy DeVito Killed & Why Did it Happen at the End of Goodfellas?

I’ve come across a small plot hole in Goodfellas, namely the explanation, or reasoning behind Tommy DeVito’s murder. Even if you haven’t watched Goodfellas in awhile, you’ll most likely recall the scene where a surprised Joe Pesci realizes he will… Continue Reading →

Was Tom’s Restaurant from Seinfeld Featured in the 1988 Film Shakedown?

As a lover of obscure and vintage films, it was only a matter of time that I came across Shakedown, a film I’d throw into the bucket of late 80s / early 90s action movies. One of the main stars… Continue Reading →

Analysis & Thoughts on Once Upon a Time in America

As a Leone and DeNiro fan, I’ve come to appreciate this long, and to use a hackneyed term, epic film. I’ve seen it several times which as any other fan can attest, is a fair investment of one’s time. In… Continue Reading →

Long Before the Matrix There was World on a Wire

  If you are a sci-fi enthusiast interested in a film that is like The Matrix, it is my pleasure to introduce you to Welt am Draht / World on a Wire, a German Made-For-TV Sci-Fi Film directed by Rainer… Continue Reading →

A Case Study in German Adaptations of American Film & My Favorite German-to-English Movie Title Translations

  How Germany Alters American Film Titles to Cater to a Local Audience Having browsed through the German-translated titles of countless American films and TV shows, I really can’t think of a better example of the phrase “lost in translation.”… Continue Reading →

Was Captain Jack Sparrow Inspired by a Spaghetti Western Character?

I sat down to watch the spaghetti western classic Four of the Apocalypse, when it dawned on me. Tomas Milian’s chracter Chaco has an uncanny resemblance to Captain Jack Sparrow. Did the inspiration for Jack Sparrow’s character come from this nearly forgotten… Continue Reading →

Classic Films – Give Them A Shot

Classic films are an excellent way to track the evolution of the film industry. It’s amazing to see how far we’ve come in a hundred years and also how style has changed over time. What’s interesting about these films is the… Continue Reading →

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