Category Archives: Movies

Attend the Virtual Bloomsday Film Festival Today Only!

James Joyce’s celebrated novel,¬†Ulysses, follows Leopold Bloom and the book’s other characters throughout the day and night of Thursday, June 16, 1904. People across the globe celebrate the novel today, “Bloomsday,” with readings, theater, and costumes inspired by the story. … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Out of the Past

“Jaws” (1975, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment) The unlikely trio of police chief Roy Scheider, shaggy oceanographer Richard Dreyfuss and grizzled shark hunter Robert Shaw are tasked with dispatching the 25-foot Great White preying on summer crowds on an East Coast … Continue reading

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The Public Image is Rotten: John Lydon’s Zoom Interview

A friend of mine from Canada sent me a text, “Are you going to the PiL Official Johnny Lydon talk on Zoom?” So I signed up for Lydon’s “Quarantine Party Only For The Headstrong,” which was being held to celebrate … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: The Normal New

“Slay the Dragon” (2019, Magnolia Home Entertainment) The current national/global climate may have exhausted your personal bandwith for social and political anxiety, but if able, you should consider this documentary on the insidous practice and impact of gerrymandering, or reshaping … Continue reading

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Adventures in Background Work: Poseur

by Janet Housden Back in the olden days, one of the only jobs Rock and Roll loser weirdos could get was as extras in mostly terrible movies and TV shows (there was a rule in the Eighties that you had … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Scream, Saturday Morning Strange, Scream!

“Marihuana/Narcotic” (1936/1933, Kino Lorber/Something Weird Video) Fake News as Your Grandparents Saw It: a double bill of rabid anti-drug films from notorious exploitation filmmaker Dwain Esper, which detail how pot and opium fueled a descent from middle-class contentment to eventual … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: More Spookshows for Shut-Ins

“Tigers are Not Afraid” (2017, RLJE Films) For young Estrella (Paola Lara), orphaned in her unnamed Mexican hometown after her mother’s disappearance, death is not only a constant but tangible presence that takes many forms, from gun-toting cartel members to … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Other Realities

“Valerie and her Week of Wonders” (1970, Second Run DVD) With the onset of her first period, certain notions (or hallucinations) are revealed to young Czech Valerie (Jaroslava Schallerova), including the possibility that the young man she fancies may be … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Welcome Distractions

“30 Rock: The Complete Series” (2006-2013, Mill Creek Entertainment) Though current global circumstances seem to warrant it (demand, even), I’m not much for binge-watching TV. Even the most revered or critically acclaimed shows start to wilt after three or four … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: The Maltese Shut-In (Thrillers for Housebound Crime-Stoppers)

“The Lineup” (1958, Mill Creek Entertainmentt) Pitiless mob hitmen Eli Wallach and Robert Keith and their dipsomaniac driver (Richard Jaeckel) prowl San Francisco in search of tourists who have unwittingly smuggled heroin from Hong Kong, with cops Warner Anderson and … Continue reading

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