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Movies Till Dawn: The Saturday Morning Strange – “D.C. Follies” (1987-1989)

Primetime comedy series created by Sid and Marty Krofft, who took a tip from the UK’s “Spitting Image” and employed puppet caricatures to satirize the then-current political and pop cultural landscape; Fred Willard, as the bartender at a Washington watering … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: The Saturday Morning Strange (Short, Sweet and Strange for Halloween Edition)

“Island of Terror” (1966, Shout Factory) Scientists working on a cure for cancer in a remote island laboratory discover that their experiments have an unexpected side effect: monstrous, tentacled amoebas devour that human bones! Energetic Saturday afternoon-style sci-fi from the … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: What You Could Be Watching This Pre-Halloween Weekend (Bite-Sized Sugar Skull Edition)

“Land of the Dead” (2005, Shout Factory) The late George A. Romero‘s last solid zombie effort (two more lower-budgeted entries were released after it), which closes the door on civilization by suggesting that the dead may actually be more human … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: TV Archaeology

“Everybody Hates Chris” (2005-2009, CBS/Paramount) Like the actor/comedian Chris Rock himself, this Emmy-nominated UPN/CW series, which he co-created with Ali LeRoi, was smarter, funnier and far more thoughtful than most of its peers. Anchored by an excellent cast (with standouts … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: What You Could Be Watching This Weekend (Big Knives, Two Brains and Seven Beauties Edition)

“The Man With Two Brains” (1983, Warner Archives Collection) Steve Martin plays a brilliant brain surgeon saddled with two unfortunate realities: an unpronounceable last name (Hfuhruhurr) and a gold-digging, possibly homicidal wife (Kathleen Turner). A solution to the second issue … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Wolf Guys

“The Paul Naschy Collection: Horror Rises from the Tomb” (1972, Shout! Factory) Loopy Spanish supernatural horror starring Paul Naschy, best known for playing the doom-struck werewolf Waldemar Daninsky in a string of grisly Continental films from the late ’60s to … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: What You Could Be Watching This Weekend (Horses, Whales and Ghouls Edition)

“They Shoot Horses Don’t They?” (1969, Kino Lorber) A cross-section of desperate types take part in a Depression Era-dance marathon on the Santa Monica Pier, hoping to reverse their downturned fortunes with the prize money. Among them are hard-bitten would-be … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: What You Could Be Watching This Weekend (Short and Sweet Edition 2)

“Down Down the Deep River” (2014, Kino) Strange and bittersweet short film by Will Sheff of Okkervil River about two young boys using their imaginations to navigate and in many ways, brighten their often confusing lives in 1980s-era New Hampshire. … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: What You Could Be Watching This Weekend (Short and Sweet Edition, Part 1)

“The Gospel According to Al Green” (1984, MVD) Remarkable documentary by Robert Mugge (“Deep Blues”) about the legendary soul singer at a crossroads in his career, when he gave up his smoldering secular music to become a minister and gospel … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Spotlight on Shout! Factory (Mostly Super Seventies Edition)

“The Pink Panther Collection Starring Peter Sellers” (1963-1982) Six-film, six-disc Blu-ray set compiles all of Peter Sellers’ appearances in what is arguably his best-remember role: the disaster-prone French detective Jacques Clouseau. When I was a kid, Sellers as Clouseau seemed … Continue reading

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