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      Chuck O'Leary

      Chuck O'Leary

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      Chuck O'Leary has been an absolute film fanatic ever since he was 4 years old, and has reviewed movies off and on since the early 1990s. He started getting his reviews published in college, and subsequently wrote free-lance reviews for a local newsweekly for a year and a daily newspaper for four and a half years. In the meantime, he co-hosted a short-lived local radio show devoted to movies in 2000 and taught a college film course that same year. Unhappy with the progress of his career, and frustrated with the state of contemporary films, Chuck vowed never to review another movie again in 2001, and held true to his word until being coaxed out of "retirement" by Fantastica Daily founder John "Mervius" Murray in the spring of 2004. Chuck joined in March of 2005 to write DVD reviews, and when Fantastica Daily went down in early 2006, he also started reviewing theatrical releases for FulvueDrive-in. His favorites are many, but he names "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975) as his all-time favorite film. Chuck says, "Whether or not people agree with me, I hope they at least find my pull-no-punches style entertaining."


      All-time favorite films and movies I can watch anytime: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), The Verdict (1982), Cool Hand Luke (1967), Jaws (1975), Dirty Harry (1971), Sling Blade (1996), On Golden Pond (1981), The Passion of the Christ (2004), True Confessions (1981), The Deer Hunter (1978), Midnight Express (1978), About Schmidt (2002), The Remains of the Day (1993), Million Dollar Baby (2004), Rocky (1976), Arthur (1981), Casino (1995), GoodFellas (1990), The King of Comedy (1983), The Shining (1980), Halloween (1978), The Thing (1982), Deliverance (1972), Southern Comfort (1981), The Untouchables (1987), The Beguiled (1971), Awakenings (1990), On the Waterfront (1954), The Great Escape (1963), Midnight Run (1988), Year of the Dragon (1985), The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984), Mass Appeal (1985), Scarface (1983), The French Connection (1971), The Bounty (1984), Scarecrow (1973), Midnight Cowboy (1969), Unforgiven (1992), The Elephant Man (1980), Terms of Endearment (1983), Best Seller (1987), Extreme Prejudice (1987), Last Man Standing (1996), State of Grace (1990), Jeremiah Johnson (1972), The Star Chamber (1983), Outland (1981), Thief (1981), Capricorn One (1978), Carrie (1976), The Fury (1978), The Odd Couple (1968), Stick (1985), 48 HRS. (1982), The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), Sharky's Machine (1981), Braveheart (1995), Patton (1970), We Were Soldiers (2002), In Country (1989), Dressed to Kill (1980), Charley Varrick (1973), Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), Scent of a Woman (1992), ... And Justice for All (1979), Night and the City (1992), Law & Disorder (1974), F.I.S.T. (1978), First Blood (1982), Nighthawks (1981), Creepshow (1982), Aliens (1986), The Terminator (1984), Thunderbolt & Lightfoot (1974), A Perfect World (1993), Barfly (1987), The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973), The Omen (1976), The Towering Inferno (1974), Rollercoaster (1977), The Witches of Eastwick (1987), Black Sunday (1977), Smokey and the Bandit (1977), Best Friends (1982), Family Business (1989), Hooper (1978), The End (1978), Heartbreak Ridge (1986), Night Shift (1982), Fletch (1985), Joe (1970), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), The Wild Bunch (1969), Emperor of the North (1973), Escape from Alcatraz (1979), The Shootist (1976), A Christmas Story (1983), Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993) Favorite filmmakers: Walter Hill, Martin Scorsese, Don Siegel, Clint Eastwood, Sidney Lumet, Peter Hyams, Michael Cimino, William Friedkin, Sam Peckinpah, Robert Aldrich, Mel Gibson, Stanley Kubrick, Sergio Leone, Martin Brest, John Milius, Paul Verhoeven, John Frankenheimer, John Flynn and the '70s and '80s work of Brian De Palma and John Carpenter. Favorite actors: Burt Reynolds, Jack Nicholson, James Caan, Clint Eastwood, George C. Scott, Charles Bronson, Robert Duvall, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Roy Scheider, Gene Hackman, Anthony Hopkins, Mel Gibson, James Woods, George Segal, George Peppard, Sean Connery, Lee Marvin, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, Marlon Brando, Michael Caine, Nick Nolte, Michael Keaton, Tom Berenger, Bill Murray, John Cassavetes, Mickey Rourke, Jeff Bridges, Telly Savalas, Michael Ironside, Morgan Freeman, Charles Durning, Brian Dennehy, Jack Warden, George Kennedy, Ernest Borgnine, Powers Boothe, James Gandolfini, Ian McShane, Robert Shaw, James Garner, Tom Atkins, Carroll O'Connor, Tim Conway, Dom DeLuise, Don Knotts, Dana Carvey Favorite actresses: Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Ann-Margret, Meryl Streep, Faye Dunaway, Sally Field, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jean Stapleton, Sissy Spacek, Kathy Bates, Kim Cattrall, Louise Fletcher, Emily Lloyd, Michelle Pfeiffer, Diane Lane, Marsha Mason, Jacqueline Bisset, Jessica Tandy, Elisabeth Shue, Raquel Welch, Kathleen Turner, Sigourney Weaver, Hilary Swank, Amy Irving, Lee Remick, Kay Lenz, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Geraldine Page, Edie Falco, Rachel McAdams Favorite TV shows: All in the Family, The Sopranos, The O'Reilly Factor, Deadwood, St. Elsewhere, Strike Force (1981-1982), The Black Donnellys, Gomer Pyle, Homicide: Life on the Street

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