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Entries from December 2006

Modern Times (1936)

December 19th, 2006 · No Comments

With a title card promising “A story of industry, of individual enterprise, humanity crusading in the pursuit of happiness,” we’re introduced to a Factory Worker (Charlie Chaplin) at the Electro Steel Corp. His job is to tighten bolts on an endless assembly line. Work has left him with a nervous tick, which causes him to […]

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Tags: Golden Age of Hollywood · Silent

Shanghai Surprise (1986)

December 18th, 2006 · No Comments

In Shanghai of 1937, smuggler Walter Farraday (Paul Freeman) sneaks five crates of premium opium out of reach of the invading Japanese forces. We know Farraday is nefarious because he sips tea, and doesn’t have an American accent. He’s ambushed by a villainous Chinese officer, whose hands are blown off in a booby trap while […]

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Tags: Bathtub scene

Can’t Stop The Music (1980)

December 17th, 2006 · 1 Comment

Clerking at a busy record store, young Jack Morrell (Steve Guttenberg) works himself into a frenzy over leaving work on time. It seems he has the opportunity to DJ at a club. A plea to his boss that he’s “a composer, not a schlepper salesman” fails to get anywhere and Jack bolts out of the […]

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Tags: Music