Author Archive: Mark R. Hasan

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Inferno (1953) on Blu + BSV 1172 Premieres at Eye Myth Cine-Gallery Film Festival

Inferno (1953) on Blu + BSV 1172 Premieres at Eye Myth Cine-Gallery Film Festival

June 21, 2017 | By

Three things in one jam-packed update: review of Twilight Time’s 3D Blu of the desert noir classic Inferno (1953), thoughts on 3D, and my short experimental doc BSV 1172 Premieres this Fri. June 23 at Eye Myth Cine-Gallery. Read on for more details!

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Charles Bronson’s The Stone Killer (1973) + X-15 (1961)

Charles Bronson’s The Stone Killer (1973) + X-15 (1961)

June 16, 2017 | By

Two of Charles Bronson’s career pegs are reviewed: Michael Winner’s The Stone Killer (1973) from Twilight Time + Richard Donner’s X-15 (1961) from MGM.

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BR: Stone Killer, The (1972)

BR: Stone Killer, The (1972)

June 16, 2017 | By

Reportedly the only film among the Charles Bronson-Dino De Laurentiis films never to make it to DVD, The Stone Killer took the cops uncovering a mass-criminal training scheme from John Gardner’s novel, replaced the multiple bank heist finale with a multiple mob hit, and swapped London for Los Angeles, but still leaving New York City as a key location where Dirty Harry variant Lou Torrey (Bronson) hops back & forth…

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DVD: X-15 (1961)

DVD: X-15 (1961)

June 16, 2017 | By

Richard Donner’s feature film directorial debut is a mixed blessing, an attempt at docu-drama that combined nascent space exploration through NASA’s early pilot-controlled, rocket-powered spacecraft and the fetishizing of aircraft gear & procedures…

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Documentary Collages: Sacred (2016) + Bodysong (2003)

Documentary Collages: Sacred (2016) + Bodysong (2003)

June 12, 2017 | By

Review of two documentary collages: Thomas Lennon’s Sacred (2016), currently screening at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, and a DVD review of Simon Pummell’s still mesmerizing Bodysong (2003) + some Editorial Blather.

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Film: Sacred (2016)

Film: Sacred (2016)

June 11, 2017 | By

Somewhat inferred in promo materials as a cinema first, Thomas Lennon’s Sacred is comprised of curated footage tied to aspects of faith, grouped into three chapters using footage shot by 40 teams of directors & cinematographers from around the world…

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DVD: Bodysong (2003)

DVD: Bodysong (2003)

June 11, 2017 | By

Since winning a BAFTA Interactive Award and Best British Documentary / British Independent Film Award, Simon Pummell’s ground-breaking feature debut still packs a punch, easing from abstract and mysterious to concrete themes tied firmly to the evolution and psychosis of the human body…

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Score – Film Music Under a Fresh Lens

Score – Film Music Under a Fresh Lens

June 5, 2017 | By

Review of Matt Schrader’s Score: A Film Music Documentary (2016) which is screening this week at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema.

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Film: Score – A Film Music Documentary (2016)

Film: Score – A Film Music Documentary (2016)

June 5, 2017 | By

Film scoring hasn’t been wholly ignored by documentarians, but most works have been isolated to specific composers (Bernard Herrmann, Max Steiner, Toru Takemitsu) and produced primarily for TV, making Matt Schrader’s feature-length theatrical release rather bold…

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Mario Bava’s Caltiki comes to Blu

Mario Bava’s Caltiki comes to Blu

June 5, 2017 | By

Review of Caltiki: The Immortal Monster (1959), directed by Mario Bava and Riccardo Freda, and released in a near-perfect Blu-ray package by Arrow Films / MVD Visual.

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