Category Archives: DVDs

20 Gifts for Under $20

There is no reason to break the bank at Christmas. It’s more important to choose something thoughtful and fun instead of something expensive and predictable. These gifts are perfect for that work friend or the new date you don’t want … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Every Day is Halloween Friday Night Shock-a-thon

6 p.m. – “Shock Waves” – Horror (1977, Blue Underground) With its underwater undead, forgotten Nazis and swampy location, this low-budget, Florida-lensed zombie thriller plays like a particularly lurid, live-action version of an E.C. Comics story. Brooke Adams leads a … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Halloween Dusk-to-Dawn Marathon

6 p.m. – “F for Fake” – Documentary/Experimental (1974/76, Criterion Film Collection) What better way to start a Halloween movie marathon than a picture about the power of tricks? Orson Welles’ last completed feature is presented as a documentary on … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Housebound”

“Housebound” is a very clever thriller/comedy from New Zealand written and directed by Gerard Johnstone. It stars Morgana O’Reilly as sour-faced Kylie, a thief and former addict who is sentenced to house arrest in her mother’s home, only to discover … Continue reading

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DVD Review – Filmage: The Story of the Descendents/ALL

I have seen my fair share of music documentaries, and possibly your share too. “Filmage: the Story of Descendents/All,” follows the usual pattern of live footage interspersed with interviews and stills. Graphics are used creatively to help the audience keep … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Saturday Dusk-to-Dawn Marathon

6 p.m. – “Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon” – Documentary (2014, Anchor Bay/Radius) Frothy but entertaining documentary from Mike Myers about talent manager and chutzpah machine Shep Gordon, who guided the careers of Alice Cooper, Blondie, Luther Vandross and … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Dusk-to-Dawn Moviethon

6 p.m. – Out of the Past – Thriller (1947, Warner Archive Collection) Along with Double Indemnity, the quintessential noir picture, filled with the moral ambiguity, foggy landscapes and mounting sense of inescapable, cosmic doom that defined the genre. Laid … Continue reading

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Movies ‘Till Dawn: Your Early Morning Sunday Programming

12 am – Jodorowsky’s Dune – Documentary (2014, Sony Pictures Classics) Fascinating documentary about filmmaker/mystic/madman Alejandro Jodorowsky’s quest to bring the epic science fiction novel Dune to the screen in the mid-1970s. Jodorowsky, whose c.v. includes the lysergic fantasy-Western El … Continue reading

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Movies ‘Till Dawn: Your Wednesday Early Morning Programming

12 am – Non-Stop – Action-Thriller (2014, Universal) This brawny vehicle for star Liam Neeson’s second career as movie tough guy plays like Murder on the Orient Express staged as an airplane disaster picture, with Neeson’s weathered TSA marshal trying … Continue reading

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Cinema On The Beat

Cinema on the Beat is a new feature on the Los Angeles Beat. We’ll feature a weekly “A list” of mostly local, off-the-beaten-path film screenings and programs, home video and streaming picks, and exciting and ambitious upcoming works. The focus … Continue reading

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