Category Archives: Movies

Blood and Acid: When the First VCRs Gave us Cult Movies

The advent of videotapes in the late 70s and early 80s brought the movie experience into the home for the first time. No longer were we slaves to whatever was on the Friday Night movie, and an entire library of … Continue reading

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Science Fiction Double Feature (+3): New Views of Future Past Edition

12 a.m. – “High-Rise” – Drama/Thriller (2015, Magnolia Home Entertainment) The haves and the have-nots settle their differences through murder and anarchy in this gorgeously photographed nightmare by Ben Wheatley (“Kill List”), based on the dystopian novel by J.G. Ballard. … Continue reading

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“The Magnificent Seven” a Remake You Definitely Do Not Want to Miss

I was so excited to see the remake of “The Magnificent Seven” when I heard that the wonderful action director, Antoine Fugua (“Training Day,” “The Equalizer,” and “Southpaw”) was at the helm. He always takes it a step up when … Continue reading

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Son of Monsterpalooza Makes Us Totally Geek Out

Last Friday, Son of Monsterpalooza descended upon the Burbank Marriott, bringing thrills, chills, and an impressive roster of makeup artists and movie stars. There were so many cool art galleries, shops, and displays that we didn’t even make it in … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Mystery Silent Theater Double Bill

12 a.m. – “Two Knights of Vaudeville”/”Scar of Shame” – Comedy/Melodrama (1915/1929, Kino Lorber) Two selections from Kino Lorber’s remarkable, five-disc “Pioneers of African-American Cinema,” which showcases the largely unsung work of black artists in front of and behind the … Continue reading

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Son of Monsterpalooza Returns to Burbank

Over the last eight years, Monsterpalooza has become internationally recognized as one of the better horror events in the country. And since one Monsterpalooza a year wasn’t enough to fill the demand, Son of Monsterpalooza was born in 2012 to bring you double the … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Richard Harris vs. the Great Outdoors Double Bill

12 a.m. – “Man in the Wilderness” – Western/Action/Thriller (1971, Warner Archives Collection) Harris’s second collaboration with producer Sanford (Sandy) Howard and screenwriter Jack DeWitt (after the sadistic “Man Called Horse”) is this 19th century wilderness adventure, a success in … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Political Animals” at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival

Sheila Kuehl, a child actress and one time regular as Zelda on Dobie Gillis, finds her political footing in California’s political theater as the first openly gay state Senator. “Political Animals” is the story of four openly gay elected state politicians, … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Gene Wilder Tribute – “The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother”

(1975, Kino Lorber) Gene Wilder made his directorial debut with this relentlessly silly comedy about the efforts of the Great Detective’s younger, more excitable but equally brilliant sibling, Sigerson (played by Wilder), to retrieve important state secrets before they fall … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: TV Party Summer Rerun Edition (Part 2)

4 a.m. “Have Gun, Will Travel: The Hanging of Aaron Gibbs” – Western Drama (1961, CBS Home Video/Paramount Home Video) The urbane gun-for-hire known as Paladin (Richard Boone, who also directed the episode) assists a woman (played by the folk … Continue reading

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