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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: 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: 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: The World is a Monster (Halloween 2020 – The Final Chapter)

“She Should’a Said No!”/”The Devil’s Sleep” (1949, Kino Lorber/Something Weird Video) The horrors of marijuana and diet pill addiction, as revealed by America’s fearless exploitation showmen. The top of the bill stars Lila Leeds, a minor actress who rose to … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Siren Calls

“The Letter” (1940, Warner Archives Collection) That Bette Davis, the wife of a rubber plantation owner in British Malaya, was justified in shooting the man who attempted to assault her, is accepted without question by the area’s white/wealthy community, and … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Revenge of (Mostly) New Movies

“Tyrel” (2018, Magnolia Home Entertainment) Tyler (Jason Mitchell, “Straight Outta Compton”) is the only African-American guest invited to a birthday celebration that grows more chaotic as the weekend wears on. Comparisons to “Get Out” are obvious, but don’t quite fit … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: New Year (Mostly) New Movies Part 3

“The Girl in the Spider’s Web” (2018, Sony Home Entertainment) Hard-boiled hacker Lisbeth Salander – here played by “The Crown’s” Claire Foy – is tasked with destroying software that can access to the world’s nuclear arsenal; when the sinister Spider … 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: Short and Sweet and (Mostly) Brand New, Part 2

“Skate Kitchen” (2018, Magnolia Home Entertainment) Shy New York tomboy Rachelle Vinberg finds acceptance and confidence – and considerable drama – when she joins an all-female skateboard crew. Dramatic feature debut of Crystal Moselle (“The Wolfpack“) benefits greatly from her … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Post-Thanksgiving Small Plates of Reality

“Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood” (2017, Kino Lorber) Delirious, gossip-laden portrait of nonagenarian Scotty Bowers, who from a gas station at 5777 Hollywood Blvd., is alleged to have provided discreet sexual favors to a galaxy of Golden Age … Continue reading

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