Category Archives: DVDs

Movie Review: Super Duper Alice Cooper

Super Duper Alice Cooper premiered on the west coast last night at The Grammy Museum at LA Live. The event was only its second screening after having recently debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival. Film makers Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn managed to avoid … Continue reading

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Movies ‘Till Dawn: Your Early Morning Programming

Midnight Kiss Me, Kill Me – Crime Drama (1976, Sony Choice Collection) Intended as a series pilot, this ABC Movie of the Week stars Stella Stevens as an investigator for the L.A. district attorney’s office whose latest case – the … Continue reading

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Movies ‘Till Dawn: “The Frozen Dead” (1966)

Nazi scientist Nordberg (Dana Andrews) endures the worst week at the office imaginable in The Frozen Dead: sequestered in a genteel English village since the end of the war, Nordberg has been charged by his superiors (frequent European heel Karel … Continue reading

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Beat Recommends: Released! Premiere Party This Sunday At Aero Theater

Long known to LA residents as the impresario behind the Mods And Rockers film festival for American Cinematheque (which has been sadly MIA for a few years now), British expat Martin Lewis has produced an official release of the numerous … Continue reading

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13 Films For Halloween That May Have Crawled Beneath Your Radar

What’s in a good horror film? The answer to that is no longer as it once was in the days of the movie palaces and the flickering lights and cheap hard on your ass seats of the neighborhood theater. Horror starts … Continue reading

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Movies ‘Till Dawn: “Blood for a Silver Dollar” (1965)

This Italian-French Western hews closer to the American template for the genre from the same time period than the operatically violent Continental efforts that followed in its wake; viewers seeking a Django Unchained-style bloodbath will find instead a spaghetti Western … Continue reading

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Movies ‘Til Dawn: “Marine Boy: The Complete First Season” (1967)

This candy-colored anime aired in the United States on syndicated stations in 1967, making it among the first Japanese animated series (after Astro Boy, Gigantor and Kimba the White Lion) to reach television audiences here. Set in a not-too-distant future … Continue reading

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Album Review: Lost On Purpose’s “Rōnin”

L.A. band Lost On Purpose are Will VanderWyden and Jacquelyn Thropay.  It started as multi-instrumentalist VanderWyden’s solo project in 2003, and he has released six albums, adding keyboardist and back-up vocalist Thropay on 2011′s Ashes. Now a permanent member,  she and … Continue reading

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Movies ‘Til Dawn: “The Naked Jungle” (1954)

A two-mile-wide column of ravenous army ants provide a unique solution to Charlton Heston and Eleanor Parker’s marital strife in The Naked Jungle (1954), a glossy blend of steam-heat romance and jungle adventure thrills from the team of George Pal … Continue reading

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Indulge Me: Personal Favorites from 2012

As we breeze through December in our 65 degree weather, we find ourselves inundated again with Year-End Lists. So here is one more! (At least this one probably won’t be followed by angry comments about what was left out.) Here … Continue reading

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