Author Archive: Mark R. Hasan

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Postwar Espionage: The Quiet American (1958) + Foreign Intrigue (1955)

Postwar Espionage: The Quiet American (1958) + Foreign Intrigue (1955)

July 22, 2017 | By

Postwar espionage is featured in two unique productions: Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s adaptation of Graham Greene’s The Quiet American (1958) from Twilight Time Blu + Sheldon Reynolds’ unusual Foreign Intrigue (1955) from KL Studio Classics.

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BR: Quiet American, The (1958)

BR: Quiet American, The (1958)

July 22, 2017 | By

Although Graham Greene was less than pleased with the first film version of his 1955 novel, Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s 1958 effort remains a haunting rendition, mostly due to the excellent performances by two leads and actual filming in the relatively new republic of South Vietnam…

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DVD: Foreign Intrigue (1955)

DVD: Foreign Intrigue (1955)

July 22, 2017 | By

A genuine curio for mystery and Robert Mitchum fans, Foreign Intrigue actually has its roots in a successful syndicated mystery TV series created by Sheldon Reynolds, who handled writing, directing, and producing chores…

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The Fate of the Furious and Studio-Crafted Special Features

The Fate of the Furious and Studio-Crafted Special Features

July 16, 2017 | By

Review of Fate of the Furious (2017), the latest entry in Universal’s bullet-proof franchise + thoughts on a very dumb trend in Special Features.

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BR: Fate of the Furious (2017)

BR: Fate of the Furious (2017)

July 16, 2017 | By

Besides Tokyo Drift, Fate of the Furious is the first entry in Universal’s ludicrously successful franchise to not feature the character of Brian (the late Paul Walker), who in the prior film quite literally drove off into a sunny paradise where the long and winding road gave fans closure…

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Tales From Below: Hell and High Water (1954) + Above Us the Waves (1955) + The Frogmen (1951)

Tales From Below: Hell and High Water (1954) + Above Us the Waves (1955) + The Frogmen (1951)

July 11, 2017 | By

This week, tales from below the ocean surface: Sam Fuller’s nutty Hell and High Water (1954) on Blu from Twilight Time, Ralph Thomas’ very intense Above Us the Waves (1955) from VCI, and The Frogmen (1951) from the KQEK.com archives.

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DVD: Above Us the Waves (1955)

DVD: Above Us the Waves (1955)

July 11, 2017 | By

Based on the 1953 best-selling book by Charles E.T. Warren and Thornton Warren, this dramatization of Britain’s midget submarine program to sink Nazi Germany’s Tirpitz battleship proved very successful at the box office, and was reportedly a pet project of producer William MacQuitty…

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DVD: Frogmen, The (1951)

DVD: Frogmen, The (1951)

July 11, 2017 | By

Set against the Pacific War with the Japanese, The Frogmen regurgitates the tried and true storyline of a disliked leader who eventually wins the approval of his mournful and cynical team, but it’s the underwater assaults that are of chief interest here…

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Blaxploitation Horror: Blackenstein (1973) + Abby (1974)

Blaxploitation Horror: Blackenstein (1973) + Abby (1974)

July 9, 2017 | By

Reviews of two blaxploitation classics: the newly mastered Blackenstein (1973) from Severin on Blu + William Girdler’s Exorcist knock-off Abby (1974), still missing on disc.

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BR: Blackenstein (1973)

BR: Blackenstein (1973)

July 9, 2017 | By

Blackenstein was the first of several planned ‘horror spoofs’ by Los Angeles attorney, occasional bit player, and aspiring filmmaker Frank R. Saletri, but the film represents his only produced script, which is both good and bad for blaxploitation and bad cinema enthusiasts…

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