Tag Archives: Second Run DVD

Movies Till Dawn: SF & F

“Black Widow” (2021, Marvel Studios) Setting aside the legal hullaballoo between Disney and star Scarlett Johansson, this long-gestating solo adventure for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s perennial bridesmaid has a wealth of aesthetic high points but ultimately underserves the character. As … Continue reading

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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: Out of the Past

“Jaws” (1975, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment) The unlikely trio of police chief Roy Scheider, shaggy oceanographer Richard Dreyfuss and grizzled shark hunter Robert Shaw are tasked with dispatching the 25-foot Great White preying on summer crowds on an East Coast … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Other Realities

“Valerie and her Week of Wonders” (1970, Second Run DVD) With the onset of her first period, certain notions (or hallucinations) are revealed to young Czech Valerie (Jaroslava Schallerova), including the possibility that the young man she fancies may be … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Sunday Morning Screenings

“A Little Romance” (1979, Warner Film Archives) Smart American pre-teen Diane Lane falls for savvy French street kid and movie buff Thelonious Bernard in Paris, and plan to enshrine their love with a kiss under the Bridge of Sighs in … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Big Trouble

“Big Trouble in Little China” (1988, Shout! Factory) Trucker Kurt Russell discovers that his big-mouth-and-big-gun approach might not help pal Dennis Dun reclaim his fiancĂ©e (Suzee Pai) from an ancient Chinese sorcerer (James Hong) living under the streets of San … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: All Night Crime Wave 2019 (Noirvember Edition)

“The Set-Up” (1949, Warner Archives Collection) Hoping for a comeback, worn-out fighter Robert Ryan accepts a match against a younger, tougher opponent (pro boxer Hal Fieberling), unaware that his manager (George Tobias) has assured local hood Alan Baxter that Ryan … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: The Wide World of Thrills and Chills Edition

“Princess Mononoke Collector’s Edition” (1997, Shout! Factory/GKIDS) A tribal prince in feudal Japan is inflicted with a curse after an attack by a woodland god corrupted by an iron ball in its body. To lift the curse, he travels to … 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: Special Beast Rubbish Edition

“Beast” (2018, Lionsgate) Smothered under the emotional rubble of her dysfunctional family and troubled past, Moll (Jessie Buckley) finds what seems like salvation in rough-hewn but ruggedly handsome Pascal (Johnny Flynn); so great is her need to escape that she … Continue reading

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