Author Archive: Mark R. Hasan

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ArtScopeTO 05: Interview with Painter Mary Lynne Atkinson

ArtScopeTO 05: Interview with Painter Mary Lynne Atkinson

November 21, 2017 | By

New ArtScopeTO podcast features artist Mary Lynne Atkinson, whose series Land on Fire can be seen at Toronto’s Urban Gallery until Sat. Nov. 25, 2017.

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From Fake News to Chamber Drama: 3 by Woody Allen

From Fake News to Chamber Drama: 3 by Woody Allen

November 16, 2017 | By

Reviews of Woody Allen’s formal feature directorial debut Take the Money and Run (1969) from KL Studio Classics, the short mockumentary Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story (1971), and the underrated drama September (1987) from Twilight Time.

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TV: Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story (1971)

TV: Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story (1971)

November 16, 2017 | By

Running a compact 25 mins. Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story is a satire of the Nixon Administration, which was past the halfway point of its first term mandate when the short was scheduled for airing in February of 1972, but as the lore surrounding this ‘lost’ film goes…

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BR: September (1987)

BR: September (1987)

November 16, 2017 | By

Released the same year as Radio Days, Woody Allen’s September retains the cast members Mia Farrow and Dianne Wiest, but the tone harkens back to the auteur’s Interiors (1978), a more dour and overwrought attempt at Serious Drama…

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BR: Take the Money and Run (1969)

BR: Take the Money and Run (1969)

November 16, 2017 | By

There’s a progression in Woody Allen’s early as he moved from screenwriter to director, after having penned TV scripts and making the leap to What’s New Pussycat? (1965), and although What’s Up Tiger Lily? (1966) is credited as his first directorial feature film…

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Suburban Tales VII: Stranger Things, Season 2 (2017)

Suburban Tales VII: Stranger Things, Season 2 (2017)

November 16, 2017 | By

Review of Stranger Things: Season 2 + some thoughts on Exclusive Release bullshit.

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TV: Stranger Things – Season 2 (2017)

TV: Stranger Things – Season 2 (2017)

November 16, 2017 | By

Netflix’s hit series returned a week prior to Halloween with 9 episodes that offered a tonally different set of further adventures of the Byers family & Eleven (Elle), as two storylines head off in different directions until a sense of friendship brings them and everyone else together for a resolution that’s both satisfying for the characters and the series…

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Hard Westerns from Hard Directors: Hour of the Gun (1967) + Lawman (1971)

Hard Westerns from Hard Directors: Hour of the Gun (1967) + Lawman (1971)

November 7, 2017 | By

Two gritty unconventional westerns arrive on Blu via Twilight Time: John Sturges’ Hour of the Gun (1967) and Michael Winner’s Lawman (1971), plus some thoughts on director Winner.

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BR: Hour of the Gun (1967)

BR: Hour of the Gun (1967)

November 7, 2017 | By

In between the sprawling super-productions of The Hallelujah Trail (1965) and Ice Station Zebra (1968), in 1967 John Sturges switched to a smaller intimate project that was ostensibly about the stubborn friendship between two men of differing moral character bonded by an unwavering loyalty…

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BR: Lawman (1971)

BR: Lawman (1971)

November 7, 2017 | By

As more of Michael Winner’s films emerge on Blu-ray, it’s not hard to pick up on the director’s attraction to tales of disrupted lives and outright nihilistic finales, but what makes Lawman more unique than Winner’s career hit Death Wish (1974) is how whole lives are ruined by the visitation of one man who’s supposed to represent the law…

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