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BR: Bananas (1971)

BR: Bananas (1971)

February 17, 2018 | By

Woody Allen’s reteaming with Take the Money and Run (1969) co-writer Mickey Rose struck pure gold in this poke at contemporary politics in which a moron becomes the leader of a South American country after it undergoes a Cuba-like revolution…

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BR: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)

BR: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)

February 17, 2018 | By

One of the toughest challenges for any film built around a series of thematically connected sketches is consistency of quality, and offering enough variation so that no segment is redundant nor feels disconnected from the original concept. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex…

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Book: Dear Guelda – The Death and Life of Pioneering Canadian Filmmaker Julian Roffman (2017)

Book: Dear Guelda – The Death and Life of Pioneering Canadian Filmmaker Julian Roffman (2017)

February 9, 2018 | By

To fans of 3D cinema, especially its pre-1980s renaissance, Julian Roffman is recognizable as the director-producer of what was in 1961 Canada’s first 3D feature and feature-length horror film. The Mask was also one of the most financially successful productions and the first Canadian film to be distributed stateside by a major studio…

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Film: And So They Live (1940) / Up from the Ranks (1943) / The Proudest Girl in the World (1944) / Nahanni (1962)

Film: And So They Live (1940) / Up from the Ranks (1943) / The Proudest Girl in the World (1944) / Nahanni (1962)

February 9, 2018 | By

Reviews of 4 Selected Shorts by Julian Roffman: And So They Live (1940), Up from the Ranks (1943), The Proudest Girl in the World (1944), and Nahanni (1962).

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Film: Sarumba (1950)

Film: Sarumba (1950)

February 9, 2018 | By

Originally called Samba, this low budget production by poverty row studio Eagle-Lion Films was completed in 1947 but remained unreleased for 3 years largely because it was an utterly forgettable attempt to film a musical on location in Cuba…

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Film: Bloody Brood, The (1959)

Film: Bloody Brood, The (1959)

February 9, 2018 | By

After setting up Meridian Films, Canada’s first commercial video production house, Julian Roffman took another crack at feature film directing, and the gamble was this unusual crime film that riffs the Leopold-Loeb murders wherein two beatniks murder a kid for kicks…

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Film: Spy in Your Eye / Bang You’re Dead / Agente 077 – Berlino appuntamento per le spie (Operazione Polifemo) (1965)

Film: Spy in Your Eye / Bang You’re Dead / Agente 077 – Berlino appuntamento per le spie (Operazione Polifemo) (1965)

February 9, 2018 | By

By the mid-1960s, American International Pictures had a sort-of cozy relationship with Italian filmmakers, co-producing or handling the exclusive North American distribution of films that featured mainly U.S. stars (some in their twilight years) in whatever genre was in at the time…

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Film: Golden Clown, The / Klovnen (1926)

Film: Golden Clown, The / Klovnen (1926)

January 29, 2018 | By

Sweden’s Gösta Ekman is British circus clown Joe Higgins, a man of skill, humour, and agility with eyes for Daisy (Karina Bell), the acrobatic daughter of circus owner and ringleader James Bunding…

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Career High Points: The Hospital (1971) + The Valachi Papers (1972)

Career High Points: The Hospital (1971) + The Valachi Papers (1972)

January 23, 2018 | By

Two career peaks are profiled via Twilight Time Blu-rays: George C. Scott in The Hospital (1971) + Charles Bronson in The Valachi Papers (1972).

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BR: Hospital, The (1971)

BR: Hospital, The (1971)

January 23, 2018 | By

Preceding the bilious Oscar-winning black comedy Network (1977), The Hospital also earned writer-producer Paddy Chayefsky an Oscar for his similarly vicious script on a NYC inner city hospital whose innards and surrounding appendages are erupting with unrest and sudden deaths…

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