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Remembering Elmore Leonard

Aug 22, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  2 Comments

In the mid-80s I found a whole new genre of reading. Tired of the “classics” often assigned in English class, I desperately looked for something more intriguing. Enter: 52 Pick-Up, by Elmore Leonard. I remembered seeing advertisements for the film, which starred Ann-Margret and Roy Scheider (of JAWS fame). It was the story of Harry

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So, What Did You Do When You Saw Janette Scott Fight A Triffid That Spits Poison And Kills?

Apr 27, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Today’s title, of course, pays homage to a different film (Answer appears below. What? You want me to give it away already?), so here’s hoping you’ve already figured it out. If not, that movie will get its own post soon enough. Today, though,  is all about the era of post-apocalyptic atomic disaster films, and the

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Hooray for the HOLLYWOOD(LAND) Sign

Jul 12, 2012 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

In 1923, real estate developers advertised a new community in the hills above Hollywood, California. The housing development – Hollywoodland – was minutes away from more expensive properties in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles. Dedicated on July 13, 1923, the HOLLYWOODLAND Sign was built, according to developers Woodruff and Shoults, to attract people to

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The Wise Little Hen Presents Donald Duck

Jun 09, 2012 |  Retro Staff |  1  Comment

Donald Duck made his debut in 1934 in a short film called The Wise Little Hen. In the cartoon, Donald and his friend, Peter Pig, try to avoid working by faking a stomach ache. One of the most popular cartoon characters of all time, Donald has appeared in more films than any other Disney character,

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Star Wars: The Burning Questions

May 25, 2012 |  Retro Staff |  1  Comment

Join Mike & Rebecca as they wrap up a three-part series celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the original Star Wars film. Thinking about the original Star Wars trilogy reminded us of a few vexing questions that have stayed with us through the years.  Long before the second trilogy or Wookieepedia came along, we wondered why

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