Tag Archives: Arrow Video

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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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: 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: Science Fiction and Fact

“Minor Premise” (2020, Utopia) Researcher Sathya Sridharan, crumbling under strain from multiple fronts (his late father’s scientific legacy, his shambolic life, alcohol), pours his energy into an experiment to control emotion, which literally shatters him into 10 distinct personalities, each … Continue reading

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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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Movies Till Dawn: Chills in Springtime

“The Bloodhound” (2020, Arrow Video) “The Fall of the House of Usher,” transposed to Middle America, where Liam Aiken accepts an invitation from oddball friend Joe Adler (the 2017 “Twin Peaks”) to visit his lonely midcentury modern home, where Adler’s … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: International House of Action

“Versus” (2000, Arrow Video) To their chagrin, escaped convict Tak Sakaguchi and his Yakuza confederates discover that the remote location chosen for their meet-up is called the Forest of Resurrection for a reason: it’s a portal of Hell that causes … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: The Saturday Morning Strange Has Risen from the Grave

“Southland Tales” (2006, Arrow Video) The fate of a post-apocalyptic United States – or its ultimate demise, as narrator Justin Timberlake occasionally and obliquely infers – rests in the hands of amnesic action star Dwayne Johnson, who has penned a … 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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Movies Till Dawn: Sleigh Bells Ring for the Saturday Morning Strange

“The Lake Michigan Monster” (2018, Arrow Films) A hapless sea captain (Ryland Brickson Cole Tews, who also wrote and directed the film) and his equally inept crew take to the waters of Lake Michigan to destroy the creature that killed … Continue reading

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