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Movies Til Dawn: Silents, Please

“Der Hund von Baskerville” (1914/1929, Flicker Alley) Two silent takes on the Sherlock Holmes adventure “The Hound of the Baskervilles” by Austrian writer-producer-director Richard Oswald, a largely unsung figure in German Expressionist film. Both versions bear only passing resemblances to … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: New Year, (Mostly) New Movies Part 2

“Suspiria” (2018, Lionsgate Home Entertainment) Timid American dancer Dakota Johnson enrolls at a prestigious dance school in Germany, where her training by a formidable Tilda Swinton gradually reveals a more sinister intent. Like last year’s “Hereditary” and “Mandy,” this audacious … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Back in Black (and White)

“The Man Who Cheated Himself” (1950, Flicker Alley) Rookie detective John Dall (“Gun Crazy“) investigates the killing of Harlan Warde, husband to socialite Jane Wyatt, who committed the murder with the help of her lover: Dall’s older brother and fellow … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Watch It! This Weekend (Salvation Edition)

Please note – possible spoilers in this first review. “The Good Place: Season Two” (2017-2018, Shout Factory) Hard-living but recently deceased Kristen Bell and her equally dead friend, ethics professor William Jackson Harper, find that their home in the afterlife, … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: What to Watch This Weekend (Dragon Scholar Invader Edition)

“Oh Lucy!” (2017, Film Movement) Convinced to take an English language class by her kawaii-minded niece (Shiori Kutsuna), lonely and embittered Tokyo office drone Setsuko (Shinobu Terajima) finds herself under the tutelage of John (Josh Harnett), a likable but completely … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Prehistoric Pictures

“The Lost World” (1925, Flicker Alley) Charged by his fiancée to go on a real adventure, reporter Lloyd Hughes joins an expedition led by Professor Challenger (Wallace Beery) to discover a plateau in South American where dinosaurs are reported to … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: ‘Tis the Season – Last Minute Gift Ideas for Eclectic Insomniacs (Oh S— I Forgot Edition)

“BrainDead Season 1” (Paramount) pleased a lot of critics but very few Nielsen families, so unfortunately, this Season 1 set comprises the complete series run. Too bad, since this series from Robert and Michelle King (“The Good Wife”), about a … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Tis the Season – Spirits of Past, Present and Future Edition

“Curse of the Man Who Sees UFOs” (2016, Virgil Films) What to make of this curious documentary by first-time director Justin Gaar? At first blush, the subject matter seems ready made to dismiss: Christo Roppolo, former industrial rocker and one-time … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Programmer’s Notes – Binge Watching as Patriotic Duty, Part 1

Fireworks of a different kind are on display in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (1966) with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Burton providing match and wick as middle-aged marrieds who invite a younger couple (George Segal and Sandy Dennis) to their … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: All Night Black and White Crime Wave, Part 1

12 a.m. – “The Big Sleep” – Crime Drama (1945/1946, Warner Archive Collection) What begins as a simple case of blackmail leads Los Angeles private eye Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) into dark territory (read: Hollywood), haunted by gangsters, petty thugs, … Continue reading

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