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Movies Till Dawn: Past in Present

“Giants and Toys” (1958, Arrow Video) Desperate candy manufacturing exec Hiroshi Kawagachi hitches his company’s tumbling fortunes on spokesmodel Hitomi Nozoe, an enthusiastic young girl with dreadful teeth who becomes a national sensation that quickly eclipses his control. Sharp-witted and … 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: 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: 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: Truth is Stranger Than Science Fiction

“Star Trek: Picard” (2020, CBS Home Video/Paramount Home Video) Sir Patrick Stewart reprises his role as former “Enterprise” captain Jean-Luc Picard in this CBS All Access series. I will confess that I never watched “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” which … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Pre-Halloween Pleasantries (Nothing Creepy* Here Edition)

“The Secret Garden” (2020, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment) Orphaned after the death of her parents from a cholera outbreak in India, ten-year-old Dixie Egerickx is sent to the English estate of her distant uncle (Colin Firth), where she discovers the … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: The Saturday Morning Strange Must Die!

“The Beast Must Die” (1974, Severin Films) Wealthy hunter Calvin Lockhart invites a gaggle of Very Suspicious-Seeming individuals – among them Michael Gambon, Charles Gray and Peter Cushing – to his English manor home in order to determine which among … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Women of Substance

“Unraveling Athena: The Champions of Women’s Tennis” (2019, Shout! Studios) For some viewers, director Francis Amat‘s documentary may be an introduction to many of its subjects, despite the fact that they are among the world’s best women’s tennis players. That … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Things Are Scary All Over

“The Hunt” (2020, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment) Conservatives – a mixed bag of middle America types, conspiracy nuts and one tough vet, played by Betty Gilpin – are hunted for sport by an elite cadre of wealthy liberals before turning … Continue reading

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