Author Archive: Mark R. Hasan

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Piranha 2: Shades of The Abyss and James Cameron Archetypes

Piranha 2: Shades of The Abyss and James Cameron Archetypes

September 12, 2018 | By

Look – It’s an unnecessarily detailed review of James Cameron’s official directorial debut, PIRANHA 2: THE SPAWNING (1981), new on Blu from Shout.

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BR: Piranha 2 – The Spawning (1981)

BR: Piranha 2 – The Spawning (1981)

September 12, 2018 | By

The differing versions of Piranha 2 are almost as fascinating as the making of James Cameron’s first feature as director, and Shout’s new Blu-ray rights a lot of wrongs for a sequel that’s almost as fun of the 1978 original…

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Tucker: The Man, the Car, and Coppola’s Dream

Tucker: The Man, the Car, and Coppola’s Dream

September 5, 2018 | By

Review and examination of the film + extras in Lionsgate’s new Blu of Francis Ford Coppola’s sublime Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988).

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BR: Tucker – The Man and His Dream (1988)

BR: Tucker – The Man and His Dream (1988)

September 5, 2018 | By

Originally conceived as a musical (!) but shelved for several years until friend George Lucas asked ‘Hey, whatever happened to that movie about Preston Tucker?’ Francis Ford Coppola’s deeply personal biopic…

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Uncovering The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown (1957) + The Revolt of Mamie Stover (1956)

Uncovering The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown (1957) + The Revolt of Mamie Stover (1956)

August 25, 2018 | By

Uncovered are Jane Russell’s last major films of the 1950s: The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown (1957) + The Revolt of Mamie Stover (1956) from Twilight Time on glorious Blu.

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BR: Revolt of Mamie Stover, The (1956)

BR: Revolt of Mamie Stover, The (1956)

August 25, 2018 | By

Jane Russell’s final film for Twentieth Century-Fox is this supposedly steamy tale of a prostitute booted out of San Francisco and settling into an upscale but nevertheless exploitive ‘hotel’ run by a Madame and her woman-smacking henchman…

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Film: Fuzzy Pink Nightgown, The (1957)

Film: Fuzzy Pink Nightgown, The (1957)

August 25, 2018 | By

This odd-titled comedy and poke at Hollywood fame represents Jane Russell’s attempt (with husband Robert Waterfield) at steering her career away from formal studio productions, and her last feature film for 7 years…

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Ruth McKenney’s My Sister Eileen from 1942 thru 1960 (whew!)

Ruth McKenney’s My Sister Eileen from 1942 thru 1960 (whew!)

August 9, 2018 | By

In this two-parter, I examine My Sister Eileen in its film form (1942 screwball comedy + 1955 musical), 1946 radio show, 1958 musical teleplay (Wonderful Town), and the 1960 series.

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BR: My Sister Eileen (1955)

BR: My Sister Eileen (1955)

August 8, 2018 | By

With colour and CinemaScope, the 1955 version of Ruth McKenney’s tales retains most of the same characters from the original film, with some unique modifications. Gone is the setting of WWII and the need to economize, as are opening scenes in which sisters Ruth (Betty Garrett) and Eileen (Janet Leigh) make it clear…

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DVD: My Sister Eileen (1942)

DVD: My Sister Eileen (1942)

August 8, 2018 | By

Although based on the stage play by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov (and derived from Ruth McKenney’s short stories), the first film version of the play is a classic screwball comedy that benefits immensely from the casting of Rosalind Russell…

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