Category Archives: Movies

Cynthia Plaster Caster, Super Artist and SuperGroupie! May 24, 1947 – April 21, 2022

When 21-year-old Cynthia Albritton met Jimi Hendrix on a cold Chicago night in front of the Conrad Hilton Hotel in 1968, she asked if she could plaster cast his penis. She was so nervous that she stuttered, but Jimi said … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Cracked

“Straight to VHS” (2021, Indiepix) Willfully odd but often compelling documentary about an obscure 1988 Uruguayan film, “Act of Violence in a Young Journalist,” and its hold on filmmaker Emilio Silva Torres, who attempts to not only root out information … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Classics

“Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy” (2021, Film Movement) Three stories, told plainly and with the most subtle camerawork, detail the complexities in the axis of dreams, reality, and how we exist in or pursue each as part of our daily … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Appealing to Base Instincts

“Jackass Forever” (2020, Paramount Home Video) Third and apparently final go-round with Johnny Knoxville and the original cast (minus Bam Margera and the late Ryan Dunn) of the comedy/stunt/endurance franchise, who gamely carry on the tradition of abusing themselves in … Continue reading

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Interview with Sarah Fanchon Cohen, Executive Producer of ‘Smile Little Ladybug,’ a Conversation-Starting Documentary Short Film

The second day of Filmfort 2022, the annual film festival in Boise, Idaho that is part of the popular Treefort Music Fest, opened with “Smile Little Ladybug.” The documentary short film tells the sometimes dark and always thought-provoking story of three … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Violent

“Legendary Weapons of China” (1982, 88 Films) One of the more eclectic entries in the Shaw Brothers Studios catalog, this action-comedy from director Lau Kar-Lung (“Drunken Master II“) has exceptional fighting sequences – many anchored around the 18 titular weapons, … Continue reading

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Filmfort 2022 Interview With ‘Anchorage’ Filmmakers Scott Monahan And Dakota Loesch

Producer-Director-Costar Scott Monahan and Producer-Writer-Costar Dakota Loesch kicked off Filmfort (part of the 2022 Treefort Music Festival) with their gritty and gripping feature film, ‘Anchorage,’ and received an enthusiastic reception from the Boise audience. Before hitting Filmfort, ‘Anchorage’ had already … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Velour

“The Naked Ape” (1973, Code Red) Vintage curiosity produced by Playboy Enterprises attempts to deliver a “now” interpretation of anthropologist Desmond Morris’s 1967 book on human evolution but instead offers up a fragmented mix of psychedelic animation, tame sex comedy, … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Vintage

“Touch of Evil” (1958, Kino Lorber) Get past the idea of Charlton Heston as a Mexican cop and you’ll find an extraordinary American movie – ostensibly a crime thriller, but really director/star Orson Welles last go-round with his electric trains … Continue reading

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Haskell Wexler – Cinematographer, Director and Documentary Filmmaker Honored

Tuesday, March 29 at 7:00PM, USC’s School of Cinematic Arts continues its Centenary Celebration of the life and work of legendary filmmaker Haskell Wexler. With the first Los Angeles showing of two wonderfully moving documentaries (Rebel Citizen and Shoot From … Continue reading

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