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Movies Till Dawn: All Night Black and White Crime Wave, Part 1

12 a.m. – “The Big Sleep” – Crime Drama (1945/1946, Warner Archive Collection) What begins as a simple case of blackmail leads Los Angeles private eye Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) into dark territory (read: Hollywood), haunted by gangsters, petty thugs, … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Programmer’s Notes – Documentary Roundup

“Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead” (2015, Magnolia Home Video) Douglas Tirola’s documentary on National Lampoon makes a solid case for the infamous humor magazine and brand as a major influence on post-1970s comedy in nearly all media. New interviews with staff … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Science Fiction Double Feature (+5)

12 a.m. – “Gog” – Science Fiction (1953, Kino Lorber) Who – or what – is killing scientists at a desert government laboratory? Square-jawed government agent Richard Egan and well-coiffured partner Constance Dowling discover that enemy sabotage has turned NOVAC, … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: TV Party IV

12 a.m. “Freaks and Geeks: Kim Kelly is My Friend” – Comedy (2000, Shout Factory) Mathlete turned aspiring underachiever/freak Lindsay (Linda Cardellini) accepts an offer to visit the home of tough girl Kim Kelly (Busy Phillips), thinking that it will … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Programmer’s Notes – Bizarre Transmissions

After a wince-inducing opening sequence in which real pigs are butchered – to the tune of comic music – “Slaughterhouse” (1987, All Channels) settles into an E.C. Comics-styled blend of dark humor and ‘80s slasher tropes. Writer-director Rick Roessler draws … Continue reading

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Alejandro Amenábar’s “Regression” with Ethan Hawke, Emma Watson Comes Out on DVD in May

Check out the trailer for “Regression” by Alejandro Amenábar, who directed one of my favorite ghost thrillers, “The Others”. “Regression” stars Ethan Hawke as a detective investigating what appears to be a satanic cult, with Emma Watson as one of the member’s … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Programmer’s Notes – Documentaries Real and Imagined

With reality seemingly at a premium of late, it might time to look at a recent spate of documentaries – and one mockumentary – as a palate cleanser to the current state of things. “All Things Must Pass: The Rise … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: A Month of Mayhem, Week 4 (Slight Return) – Pagoda Theater Martial Arts Marathon

12 a.m. – “Pedicab Driver” – Action/Comedy (1989, Warner Archives Collection) Crowd-pleasing mix of broad comedy and melodrama from Golden Harvest Studios and director/star Sammo Hung, best known in the States as a co-star in many Jackie Chan vehicles and … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: A Month of Mayhem, Week 3 – Wilder, Wilder, Faster, Faster!

Midnight – “Comin’ At Ya!” – Action/Adventure (1981, MVD) Everything you need to know about this low-budget Western is spelled out in its title: it features a barrage of objects, photographed in 3-D and hurled directly at the viewer at … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: A Month of Mayhem, Week 2 – Vintage Rogues’ Gallery

Midnight – “An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe” – Television/Horror (1970, Scream Factory) Distributed to television by American International Pictures, this 53-minute special features Vincent Price in performances of four short stories by Edgar Allan Poe. Though the videotaped production … Continue reading

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