Tag Archives: Kino Lorber

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: More Biographies, Real and Imagined

“Jazz on a Summer’s Day” (1959, Kino Lorber) I wrote about this exceptional concert film of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival when Kino Lorber Repertory reissued it virtually to theaters in 2020 (which only feels like a million years ago); … 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: More Biographies, Real and Imagined (Cartoons and Music Edition)

“Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren and Stimpy Story” (2020, Kino Lorber) Detailed discussion and ultimately, deflation of the wildly popular animated television series “The Ren and Stimpy Show” and its once-vaunted, now-scandal-tainted creator, John Kricfalusi. His bizarro vision – … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Biographies, Real and Imagined

“The Changin’ Times of Ike White” (2019, Kino Lorber) Daniel Vernon‘s documentary plays like a Bizarro World version of “Searching for Sugar Man,” with its focus hinged on the re-discovery of another tragically forgotten musical talent – here, it’s soul … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Something for Your Rattled Nerves

“The Beguiled” (1971, Kino Lorber) Wounded Union soldier Clint Eastwood attempts to play fox in the henhouse while recuperating at a private women’s school in the Deep South, but his increasingly aggressive behavior only provokes an even more disturbing response … 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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Movies Till Dawn: High Tension for the Holidays (2020 Edition)

“Mad Max” (1979, Kino Lorber) Were it not for a certain chain of recent events, the crumbling Australia of George Miller‘s “Mad Max” – described as just “a few years from now” –seemed like a prescient vision of our immediate … 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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