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September 11: Happy Birthday Brian De Palma and Amy Madigan


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Brian De Palma is celebrating his 77th today.  He made his first feature, The Wedding Party, featuring a very young Robert De Niro, in 1963, but it was not released until 1969.  He made several documentaries in the sixties, and re-teamed with De Niro for the 1968 film Greetings, which won a Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival.  In the early 1970s, he made his first forays into the psychological thriller genre, films such as Sisters and Obsession that some have found Hitchcockian.

Then he became a pioneer of another sort, when in 1976 he directed the film adaptation of the first novel by a not-yet-world-famous Stephen King.

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The 10 Best Albums Of 1995


Best Of 1995

1995 was a standout year for film. But musically it wasn’t quite on the same level. In some ways, it was the beginning of the end of the 90s from a musical standpoint. The grunge era was on its way out and the post-grunge era would eventually devolve into a parody of what it once was. This would later snowball into the rise of boy band pop, modern adult and “mook” rock.  Fortunately, none of that had happened yet in 1995.

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