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Movies Till Dawn: Street Fighting Men and Women

“The Street Fighter Collection” (1974, Shout! Select) Lunatic martial arts action trilogy starring grindhouse favorite Sonny Chiba (“Kill Bill”) as Tatsuma Surugi (Terry Surugy in the English dub), a gleefully malevolent killing machine who laid waste to both sides of … 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: Bride of (Mostly) New Movies

“On the Basis of Sex” (2018, Universal Home Video/Focus Features) Tracing the arc of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Felicity Jones) from Harvard Law School to the groundbreaking discrimination case that would pave her way to the Supreme Court. Directed and penned … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: They’re Coming to Get You!

“The Giant Behemoth” (1959, Warner Archives Collection) Atomic tests once again rouse an enormous monster, this time a dinosaur with the ability to project both electricity and radiation, which it uses to lay waste to London. Enjoyable American-British monster rampage … 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: TV Archaeology/Kids’ Stuff

“American Vandal: Season One” (2017, CBS Home Video/Paramount Home Video) Twenty-seven penises spray-painted on teachers’ cars earns school knucklehead Jimmy Tatro an expulsion, which prompts pals Tyler Alvarez and Griffin Gluck to launch a true-crime-styled documentary investigation. Your mileage may … Continue reading

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

“Mid90s” (2018, Lionsgate) Confident directorial debut by actor Jonah Hill, who depicts, in granular detail, middle-schooler Sunny Suljic‘s attempts to find much-needed acceptance with a group of older skateboarders. Hill has the Clinton Era cultural details down pat (especially the … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: 2018 Gift Guide for Eclectic Insomniacs Part 2 (Nostalgia and Nightmares Edition)

As ’80s teen comedies go, I’d rather watch “Valley Girl” (1983),  Martha Coolidge‘s salty-sweet tribute to life in the San Fernando Valley, than John Hughes’ c.v. The performances are charming (especially leads Deborah Foreman and a pre-fame Nicolas Cage, but … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: 2018 Gift Guide for Eclectic Insomniacs (Small Screen and Three Stooges Edition)

Goofball TV comedy or existential treatise on the human condition? In the case of Dan Harmon‘s “Community” (2009-2015), both are applicable. The series, about a gaggle of outcasts at a small junior college, embraced a dizzying array of high and … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Arthouse Confidential Part II

“Gas Food Lodging” (1992, Arrow Academy) Unvarnished snapshot of life in a dead-end town, as seen through the tired eyes of a single mother (Brooke Adams) and her daughters (Fairuza Balk and Ione Skye). Getting through the day-to-day on their … Continue reading

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