Category Archives: Movies

Movies Till Dawn: Chocolate Vampire Kisses (Halloween 2021 Edition)

“Kolchak: The Night Stalker  (The Complete Series)” (1974-75, Kino Lorber) Having survived a vampire in Las Vegas and an undead strangler beneath the city of Seattle, reporter Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin, still decades away from playing the Old Man from … Continue reading

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Wine Documentary “A Wonderful Kingdom” Celebrates Portuguese Traditions

The stunning mountain ranges of Portugal’s Douro Valley are the setting for “A Wonderful Kingdom,” a poetic observation of traditional winemaking in northern Portugal. This new documentary focuses on the Douro Valley, a remote area that’s the oldest demarcated wine … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Men and Their Decisions

“The Green Knight” (2021, Lionsgate Home Entertainment/A24) Retelling of the 14th century Arthurian poen with Dev Patel as a decidedly un-heroic (at first) Sir Gawain, who is reluctantly thrust into action by the supernatural Green Knight’s plan to claim his … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Horror Business (Global Terror Network)

Boilerplate: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this blog post. The opinions I share are my own.  “The Awakening” (2011, Cohen Media Group) Writer Rebecca Hall’s skepticism in regard to … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Little Stabs at Happiness

Quick boilerplate: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided with free copies of the Blu-rays I reviewed in this blog post. The opinions I share are my own. “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid” (1982, Kino Lorber) Co-writer/director Carl Reiner and co-writer/star Steve … Continue reading

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Wife Of A Spy Builds a Hitchcock Style Thriller Based In Pre-WW2; Releasing September 24

Wife Of A Spy is an exquisitely crafted film from Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Pulse, Cure, Tokyo Sonata). The film, in Japanese with English subtitles, takes place in Kobe, Japan, pre-war 1940. Satoko (Yū Aoi, Japan Society’s 2021 Honoree) is … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Horror Business (Slaying in the Seventies)

“Grizzly” (1976, Severin Films) “Jaws” in a nature park, essentially, with ranger Christopher George, helicopter pilot Andrew Prine, and scientist Richard Jaeckel battling “18 feet of gut-crunching, man-eating terror” (to the quote the one-sheet, featuring art by Neal Adams). William … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Horror Business (Cold War Creeps and Creatures)

“The Giant Claw” (1957, Arrow Video) Jeff Morrow and a host of fellow ’50s sci-fi stalwarts (Mara Corday, Morris Ankrum) battle an enormous extraterrestrial bird that lays waste to the U.S.-Canadian border (played by Griffith Park) and later, the New … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Horror Business (Neon Demons)

“Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker” (1983, Code Red) Life for adopted teen Jimmy McNichol gets weird in a hurry after he’s offered a college basketball scholarship: the attentions of his aunt (the late, great Susan Tyrell) turn from overprotective to unsettlingly … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Horror Business (Blood in Black and White)

“Dr. X” (1932, Warner Archives Collection) As I mentioned in a 2016 write-up, this absolutely out-to-lunch thriller, from “Casablanca” director Michael Curtiz, “folds cannibalism, serial murder, deranged scientific experiments, artificial flesh, and unseemly obsessions into its 76-minute running time.” The … Continue reading

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