Category Archives: Movies

Movies Till Dawn: New and Notable

“Ready or Not” (2019, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) In order to marry her wealthy fiancé, Samara Weaving must participate in his family’s tradition of forcing brides-to-be to survive a night in their Old Dark House while the intended in-laws, … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: A 60th Anniversary Celebration in Black and White

“Every time.” Behind me and to my left, in the darkened theater, a voice says these words aloud. Remarking on the gut-wrenching exasperation and hopelessness of the infamous ending to Rod Serling’s masterful 1959 episode “Time Enough at Last,” one … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: All Night Crime Wave 2019 (Noirvember Edition)

“The Set-Up” (1949, Warner Archives Collection) Hoping for a comeback, worn-out fighter Robert Ryan accepts a match against a younger, tougher opponent (pro boxer Hal Fieberling), unaware that his manager (George Tobias) has assured local hood Alan Baxter that Ryan … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Persons of Interest, Part 2

“Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll” (1987, Shout! Select) Keith Richards attempts to corral a mercurial Chuck Berry into celebrating his own 60th birthday at an all-star concert featuring Eric Clapton, Robert Cray and Etta James, backed by Chuck’s … Continue reading

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Sophie Thatcher is Stranded on an Alien World in “Prospect”

“Prospect,” directed by Zeek Earl and Chris Caldwell, is an excitingly well-made independent sci-fi film with practical effects and good characters. It stars Sophie Thatcher as a teenager who arrives on an alien moon with her fallible father (Jay Duplass) … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Persons of Interest

“Rock ‘N’ Roll High School: 40th Anniversary Edition” (1979, Shout! Factory) There’s a nominal plot at the center of “Rock ‘N’ Roll High School” – diehard Ramones fan Riff Randall (P.J. Soles) wants to get her song to the band, … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Dr. Evil and His Terrors of the Unknown (Halloween 2019, Part 4)

“Two Evil Eyes” (1990, Blue Underground) Dario Argento and George Romero offer broad and bloody interpretations of stories by Edgar Allan Poe: Romero’s “The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar” adds a “Creepshow“/E.C. Comics spin, with Adrienne Barbeau as … Continue reading

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LA Through a Cracked Lens: Nightmare on Elm Street House

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Review: LA Opera’s Psycho and The Light in the Piazza

LA Opera Off Grand’s presentation of Psycho with live score is a great night at both the movies and the orchestra. Watching the Alfred Hitchcock thriller on the big screen at Theatre at the Ace Hotel, I became so engrossed … Continue reading

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Cult Filmmaker ‘Al Adamson’ Doc ‘Blood & Flesh’ Opens in Los Angeles November 1

From the mid-1960s to the early 1980s, director and Hollywood native Al Adamson made genre films – mostly horror, but also science fiction, Westerns, biker pictures, comedies and the occasional hybrid of all of those genres – that due to … Continue reading

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