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Movies Till Dawn: The Saturday Morning Strange – “Last Stop on 13th Street” (1978)

(1978, Frolic Pictures) Stranded in a strange, rain-soaked neighborhood by an errant taxi, philandering businessman John Ericson (“Bad Day at Black Rock“) is taken in by a mortician (Ivor Francis), who tells him about how some of his recent clients … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Un Uomo, Una Cavallo, Una Pistola – Italian Westerns and American Contorno

“Djang0 Prepare a Coffin” (1968, Arrow Video) Though relatively unknown in the United States until its release on DVD, Sergio Corbucci’s doom-laden Euro Western “Django” (1966) was a global hit during its release, spawning tributes on film (it’s the movie … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: The Saturday Morning Strange – “The Apple” (1980)

Infamously unhinged sci-fi musical that enjoys a cult following based entirely on its refusal to adhere to anything resembling coherence or good taste. In the distant and dismal future of 1994, sappy Canadian folk singers George Gilmour and Catherine Mary … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Incomparable Rose Hartman”

Opening this Friday at the Laemmle Monica Film Center is “The Incomparable Rose Hartman,” a short documentary about the notorious NYC fashion/celebrity photographer. Directed by Øtis Mass, who is yelled at several times on camera by his feisty subject, the film is a humorous … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: The (Slightly) Softer Side of Peckinpah’s West

“Ride the High Country” (1962, Warner Archive Collection) A shipment of gold provides aging cowpokes Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott with more than just gainful employment: for McCrea, it will allow him to cap his life on a dignified note … Continue reading

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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Peter Parker is Back and Better than Ever

First off I must say that British actor Tom Holland is my favorite Spider-Man ever and this reboot, directed by Jon Watts, is my favorite film in the Marvel ‘spider’ franchise. What makes this film work so well, is that … Continue reading

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4th of July Guide for Couch Potatoes

I know, it’s fucking HOT out there! Why drive through traffic and fight the crowds for a 20-minute fireworks display you can see from your roof? So grill up some dogs or order a pizza and put your feet up. … Continue reading

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Movie Review: ‘Skid Row Marathon’ at the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival

Skid Row Marathon is an amazing feature-length documentary about Judge Craig Mitchell and his running club in DTLA’s Skid Row. Judge Craig Mitchell is a judge of the Superior Court of Los Angeles County appointed by by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. As a … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Little Hours” at the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival

The setting for “The Little Hours,” by director Jeff Baena, is in a Medieval convent in a vaguely central European location, where the primary interest revolves around three nuns: Alessandra (Alison Brie), Fernanda (Aubrey Plaza), Ginevra (Kate Micucci) and their lives together … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: The Saturday Morning Strange – “Brain Damage” (1987)

When upstanding young Brian (Rick Herbst/Hearst) meets Aylmer, a garrulous, brain-eating parasite, their resulting relationship – based entirely on the creature’s ability to inject a overpowering narcotic-like “juice” into his brain – leads to delusion, alienation, and eventually, a lot … Continue reading

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