Category Archives: Television

Movies Till Dawn: With/Without a Backwards Glance

“The Wild Life” (1984, Kino Lorber) Wasted days and wasted nights with three boys (Eric Stoltz, Chris Penn, and Ilan-Mitchell Smith) navigating the suburban jungles of Los Angeles. Minor retread of co-director-writer-producer Cameron Crowe and co-director Art Linson‘s “Fast Times … Continue reading

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What to Watch after Becoming Obsessed with the Cecil Hotel

The interwebs have been abuzz with stories of the Cecil Hotel, with both Ghost Adventures: Cecil Hotel on Discovery Plus and Crime Scene: Vanishing at the Cecil on Netflix drawing hordes of obsessed fans. It seems like people have gotten a sudden … Continue reading

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Glamour Ghoul: The Story of Maila Nurmi and Vampira

“Glamour Ghoul: The Passions and Pain of the Real Vampira, Maila Nurmi” is an absorbing look at the woman behind the enduring character of Vampira. Based on journal entries, letters and oral testimony gathered by Nurmi’s niece, Sandra Neimi, the book … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Guilty Pleasures and Nostalgic Nonsense (2021 Edition)

“Hard to Hold” (1984, Kino Lorber) Pop-rocker Jamie Roberts (Rick Springfield) contends with writer’s block, his ex-wife (Patti Hansen), and the attention of adoring fans while also pursuing romance with icy Janet Eilber. Much-maligned vehicle for Springfield, intended to springboard … Continue reading

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A Skeptic’s Review of Ghost Adventures: Cecil Hotel

Ghost Adventures: Cecil Hotel with Zac Bagans is one of the heavily promoted new shows hoping to lure you to the new streaming service, Discovery +. I chose to get the 2-week free trial because Scott Michaels, friend of the … Continue reading

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Our Favorite Stocking Stuffers for 2020

Along with some fun new finds this year, we have been yearning for the comfort of our childhood favorites from back in the days when you found a silver dollar and an orange in the toe of your sock. Here … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Post-Prandial Palate Cleansers (2020 Edition)

“Dolly: The Ultimate Collection” (2020, Time Life) This staggering 19-disc set couldn’t be better timed, given the recent outpouring of affection for Dolly Parton, not for her financial support of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, but also for her long and celebrated … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Truth is Stranger Than Science Fiction

“Star Trek: Picard” (2020, CBS Home Video/Paramount Home Video) Sir Patrick Stewart reprises his role as former “Enterprise” captain Jean-Luc Picard in this CBS All Access series. I will confess that I never watched “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” which … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Post-Election Palate Cleansers

“Grace of My Heart” (1996, Kino Lorber) Boundless talent and fortitude allow singer-turned-songwriter Illeana Douglas to navigate the turbulence of the music industry during the 1960s and her own personal life and ultimately bring her own artistry to life. Writer-director … Continue reading

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Two Hours of Vintage Halloween Cartoons Especially for You

If you can’t get enough of skeletons playing the drums on other skeletons’ bony butts and the awesome music of Cab Calloway, we have assembled a collection of vintage cartoons for you to enjoy. Two hours of animation including Betty … Continue reading

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