Tag Archives: Film Movement

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: Music Documentary Mixtape

“Say Amen, Somebody” (1982, Kino Lorber) Sharp-looking transfer of director George T. Nierenberg‘s documentary on gospel music, which focuses two of its most celebrated performers (at least, within its own circles): singers Thomas A. Dorsey and Willie Mae Ford Smith. … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Action Packed 2021 (Pagoda Theater Edition)

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” (2021, Marvel Studios) After the swing and miss of “Black Widow,” the Marvel Cinematic Universe rights itself with this adaptation of its ’70s-era “Master of Kung Fu” series. “Kim’s Convenience” star Simu … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Fun Size Sour Shriekers (Halloween 2021)

“Roh” (2019, Film Movement) The arrival of a strange little girl with a dire pronouncement sets in motion a chain of terrible events for a rural mother (Farah Ahmad) and her two children. Deceptively simple but deeply disturbing Malaysian supernatural … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Horror Business (The New Blood)

“A Quiet Place II” (2021, Paramount Home Video) Inevitable sequel to John Krasinski’s well-made 2018 creature feature is more of the same in regard to plot, but also delivers a similar degree of tightly ratcheted tension as its predecessor. Emily … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Summer Shockers

“The Columnist” (2019, Film Movement) Writer Katja Herbers takes a direct approach to the ceaseless toxic spew issuing from anonymous male posters about her column: she tracks them down and murders them in increasingly gruesome ways. The blackly amusing conceit … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Everyday People

“Ladybug Ladybug” (1964, Kino Lorber) Students and teachers at a small rural school react to a seemingly real warning about an imminent nuclear attack with anything but the orderly, civil response detailed in government training films, and fall prey to … 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: 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: Opening on a More Positive Note

“White Riot” (2019, Film Movement) Briskly paced and decidedly on-time documentary about the Rock Against Racism movement in the UK during the mid-1970s, with its focus divided evenly between the marquee names at various benefit concerts (the Clash, Steel Pulse, … Continue reading

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