PS script won't delete large file (1gb), only smaller files

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Hey Experts.  Weird issue with a PS script.  It shows in the log file that the file(s) were deleted but yet they remain in the directory.  Yes I confirmed the right dir was being referenced and the correct date was being used.  Any reason why remove-item may not delete a file?  It didn't have a problem when I tested it on txt files that were 50k but now that I'm deleting files that are each 1GB+, the file isn't being deleted out.

Small portion of code
$deletedfiles = 0
$files = get-childitem -Path $path
$10days = (get-date).AddDays(-8)

foreach ($file in $files){
  if ($file.LastWriteTime -le $10days){
    remove-item -Path $file.fullname -Recurse -Force
    $log += "Deleted:" + $file.name
    $deletedfiles ++

  }
}
$log += "Deleted: " + $deletedfiles + " Files"

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Shows the files as deleted but I verify they are still in the directory:

Deleted:spiceworks-backup-[V7.5.00091]-[2018-10-02].zip
Deleted:spiceworks-backup-[V7.5.00091]-[2018-10-03].zip

Thanks for your time and help!
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Top Expert 2014
Commented:
Looking at the name of the file, you will have to use the -LiteralPath parameter of Remove-Item instead of -Path, because of the brackets in the file name.
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Distinguished Expert 2018
Commented:
You're not really testing whether the file actually has been deleted.
Try it like that:
$deletedfiles = 0
$files = get-childitem -Path $path
$10days = (get-date).AddDays(-8)
ForEach ($file in $files){
	if ($file.LastWriteTime -le $10days){
		Try {
			Remove-Item -LiteralPath $file.fullname -Force -ErrorAction Stop
			$log += "Deleted:" + $file.name
			$deletedfiles ++
		} Catch {
			$log += "NOT Deleted:" + $file.name
			$log += "Error:" + $_.Exception.Message
		}
	}
}
$log += "Deleted: " + $deletedfiles + " Files"

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Commented:
Got some time to check into this so let me update.

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Commented:
Once I used the switches that @footech suggested in his post, it worked.  I did try out oBdA's script and it worked as well.  Thanks to you both for your help, time and scripts.  Always appreciated.

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