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Movies Till Dawn: Under the Radar 2 (More Rarely Seen, Forgotten or Hard to Find)

“Putney Swope” (1969, Vinegar Syndrome) A black advertising executive (Arnold Johnson) remakes his company into a counterculture engine (“Truth and Soul, Inc.”) that skewers social and political hypocrisy with its no-holds-barred commercials. Satire from Robert Downey, Jr’s father, Robert Sr., … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: #MonsterSquadGoals3

“Mothra” (1961, Mill Creek Entertainment) First screen appearance of Toho Studios’ god-monster Mothra, which descends on Japan to rescue the tiny twins (Emi and Yumi Ito, a.k.a. pop duo The Peanuts) that serve as its ladies-in-waiting from greedy businessman Jerry … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: All Night Crime Wave 2019

“Phantom Lady” (1944, Arrow Video) Fresh from a squabble with his wife, Alan Curtis invites an anonymous woman (Fay Helm) and to see a Latin jazz band (fronted by Carmen Miranda‘s sister, Aurora). When he returns home, he finds his … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: #MonsterSquadGoals2

“Us” (2019, Universal Home Video) A middle-class family – mom Lupita Nyong’o, dad Winston Duke and two kids – is beset by what appear to be their mindless, murderous doubles, who seem to be a harbinger of a larger and … 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: The Saturday Morning Strange Strikes Again

“Zachariah” (1971, Kino Lorber) Cowboy naifs John Rubenstein and Don Johnson vie to be the most fearsome gunfighter in an Old West where rock groups and gurus share space with sagebrush and six-guns. Enthusiastically freaky “electric” Western, based loosely on … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: What You Could Be Watching This Weekend (Short and Sweet and Serpico Edition)

“Frank Serpico ” (2018, IFC Films) Well-crafted doc traces the past and present of its subject, the New York cop and whistleblower who served as the basis for the 1973 biopic starring Al Pacino. Director Antonio D’Ambrosio does a fine … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: All Night All-American ‘70s Crime Wave

12 a.m. – “Dillinger” – Action (1973, Arrow Video) Writer-direction John Milius’ penchant for storytelling on a semi-mythical level makes him the ideal choice to helm this revisionist take on Depression Era gangster John Dillinger for American International Pictures. As … Continue reading

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