Category Archives: Movies

Movies Till Dawn: Mid-July Global Mayhem

“The Daimajin Trilogy” (1966, Arrow Video) Enjoyable blend of Japanese giant monster movie and historical action/drama, all issued in the same year by Daiei (the home of Gamera) and hinged on a similar plot: a massive statue of a warrior … Continue reading

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‘Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain’ is a Moving Tribute to a True Iconoclast

Though Anthony Bourdain’s history of depression and substance abuse was well-documented, his talent for joyfully sucking all the marrow out of life made his 2018 suicide a shock. The globetrotting iconoclast’s sharp wit, incisive writing style, and authenticity made him … Continue reading

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Los Angeles Times Food Bowl Celebrates Anthony Bourdain – and Roti!

Food events are making a comeback after more than a year of struggling with Zoom panels and delivery. Saturday night, the LA Times Food Bowl’s Night Market Cinema welcomed us to a screening of “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain.” … Continue reading

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Moby Kicks Off NeueHouse’s ‘Summer Sounds’ with Moby Doc and Reprise Event

Moby has always been an intriguing person. He’s proved to be a popular, energetic and innovative creator. He also has a number of personal struggles that have gained public attention and earned him some notoriety. He has managed to turn … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Summer Shockers

“The Columnist” (2019, Film Movement) Writer Katja Herbers takes a direct approach to the ceaseless toxic spew issuing from anonymous male posters about her column: she tracks them down and murders them in increasingly gruesome ways. The blackly amusing conceit … Continue reading

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Cosmic Horror in a Glass: Enjoy a Cthulhu Cocktail with “H.P. Lovecraft’s The Deep Ones”

Though H.P. Lovecraft never touched a drop of alcohol, one imagines that the Recluse of Providence might be amused by the idea of a cocktail inspired by the Big Daddy of his sprawling and influential Cthulhu Mythos (actually, he wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Past in Present

“Giants and Toys” (1958, Arrow Video) Desperate candy manufacturing exec Hiroshi Kawagachi hitches his company’s tumbling fortunes on spokesmodel Hitomi Nozoe, an enthusiastic young girl with dreadful teeth who becomes a national sensation that quickly eclipses his control. Sharp-witted and … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Everyday People

“Ladybug Ladybug” (1964, Kino Lorber) Students and teachers at a small rural school react to a seemingly real warning about an imminent nuclear attack with anything but the orderly, civil response detailed in government training films, and fall prey to … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Skull-Busters’ Union (International Chapter)

“Graveyards of Honor” (1975/2002, Arrow Video) Two takes on crime, ego, and self-destruction in Japan, courtesy of cult directors Kinji Fukusaku and Takashi Miike. Both features are based on the life of gangster Rikio Ishikawa, whose almost supernatural anger (and … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: May Queens

“The Reckoning” (2020, RLJE Films) After resisting the untoward advances of her squire landlord (Steven Waddington), 17th century London widow and mother Charlotte Kirk finds herself accused of witchcraft and facing unspeakable torture at the hands of steely witchfinder Sean … Continue reading

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