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Movies Till Dawn: 2018 House Cleaning (Out with the New Edition)

As its title suggests, “Super Dark Times” (2017, The Orchard) focuses on the bleaker aspects of growing up aimless in a dead-end town. First-time director Kevin Phillips and screenwriters Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski understand teenage language and behavior and … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: What You Could Be Watching This Weekend (End of the Year Road Trip Edition)

“Waiting For Guffman” (1997, Warner Archives Collection) If “Spinal Tap” found the all-too-human elements in oversized personalities, then “Guffman” – Christopher Guest’s first feature “mockumentary” as director/co-writer” – uncovers the stratospheric (if deeply weird) ambitions behind small-town, small-time life. Employing … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: What You Could Be Watching This Weekend (Desert Variations Edition)

“Person to Person” (2017, Magnolia) An ensemble of indie talent anchors this frequently amusing confection about New Yorkers whose lives intersect while in pursuit of various hopes and schemes. Serving as a sort of hub is Bene Coopersmith, a real-life … Continue reading

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

“The Incredible Shrinking Woman” (1981, Shout! Factory) Suburban housewife Lily Tomlin’s standing in her home is diminished, both emotionally and physically, after an overabundance of cleaning and beauty products causes her to shrink to microscopic size. Inspired by the novel … Continue reading

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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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