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BR: Play Dirty (1969)

BR: Play Dirty (1969)

January 8, 2018 | By

A key reason why Andre De Toth’s last film as director remained an obscurity on home video is the film’s stark cynical tone and ultimately nihilistic finale which must have had UA executives wondering how to market a movie where the punchline is essentially Life is Shit…

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DVD: El Condor (1970)

DVD: El Condor (1970)

January 8, 2018 | By

After Play Dirty (1969), a film that would be his last as director, Andre De Toth produced another exercise in nihilism, this time a buddy western featuring action, a few broad laughs, and risqué R-rated material, capped with a finale that leaves about half of the leading characters alive…

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TV: GLOW – Season 1 (2017)

TV: GLOW – Season 1 (2017)

December 21, 2017 | By

Based on the cult 1986-1992 series Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW), in which actresses, stuntwomen, models, and the curious created outrageous ring personas and engaged in choreographed matches tied to fictional backstories…

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3D! Live on the Battlefield, and Dotting the Eye!

3D! Live on the Battlefield, and Dotting the Eye!

December 10, 2017 | By

Two 1953 3D flicks on Blu: Cease Fire! from KL Studio Classics / Unobstructed View + Man in the Dark from Twilight Time.

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BR: Cease Fire! (1953)

BR: Cease Fire! (1953)

December 10, 2017 | By

As recounted in a lengthy essay by Ted Okuda, the 3D project was put into action and in an area safely away from active combat, filming took place with the uncredited soldiers playing themselves, and supposedly real artillery was used in the sniper, tank, and air squadron attacks – inarguably the film’s most thrilling and propulsive components…

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Kerwin Mathews at Columbia: Pirates & Lilliputians

Kerwin Mathews at Columbia: Pirates & Lilliputians

December 9, 2017 | By

Reviews of two films starring Kerwin Mathews, courtesy of Twilight Time: The Pirates of Blood River (1962) and The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (1960).

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BR: 3 Worlds of Gulliver, The (1960)

BR: 3 Worlds of Gulliver, The (1960)

December 9, 2017 | By

Ray Harryhausen’s fantasy epic adventure is surprisingly low on stop-motion creatures, but his brilliance with trick photography made him the perfect hands-on producer for this fanciful, exciting version of Jonathan Swift’s classic tale that’s apparently remained in print since its inaugural (and initially sanitized) publication in 1725…

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ArtScopeTO 06: Interview with Abstract Painter Donna Wise

ArtScopeTO 06: Interview with Abstract Painter Donna Wise

December 6, 2017 | By

December’s ArtScopeTO podcast features abstract painter Donna Wise, whose series Flights of Fancy can be seen at Toronto’s Urban Gallery until Sat. Dec. 30, 2017.

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Calling Hedy Lamarr: Inventor, Glamour Goddess, and Hollywood Icon – Part 2

Calling Hedy Lamarr: Inventor, Glamour Goddess, and Hollywood Icon – Part 2

November 28, 2017 | By

Review of Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017), the 3rd and likely final chronicle of the actress / inventor, now screening at Toronto’s Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema.

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Film: Bombshell – The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017)

Film: Bombshell – The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017)

November 28, 2017 | By

With a third documentary on the famous Hollywood icon now in release, the question is What new information could there be, since Calling Hedy Lamarr (2004) and Hedy Lamarr: Secrets of a Hollywood Star (2006) both presented a wealth of information using very different approaches…

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