Author Archive: Mark R. Hasan

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Dunking the Audiences: CinemaScope vs. 3D

Dunking the Audiences: CinemaScope vs. 3D

October 18, 2017 | By

1953 was a year in which two rival formats duked it out in cinemas: 3D via Gun Fury, and ‘glasses free’ CinemaScope via Beneath the 12-Mile Reef, both on Blu via Twilight Time. Also covered is Night People (1954), another early ‘scope production, on Blu via KL Studio Classics / Unobstructed View.

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BR: Gun Fury (1952)

BR: Gun Fury (1952)

October 18, 2017 | By

Between 1953-1954, Columbia’s foray into 3D spanned 8 films, with some productions benefitting from a mix of strong direction, scripts, casts, and 3D cinematography, but Gun Fury demonstrates the pitfalls of working with variable elements, and a team unable to fully grasp the demands of 3D…

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BR: Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1952)

BR: Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1952)

October 18, 2017 | By

Fox’s 3rd CinemaScope film is a visual stunner – more beautiful than the format’s debut with The Robe and the portraiture that dominated How to Marry a Millionaire – plus it’s a perfect cast, written, and produced work of romance and escapism set in Key West’s Greek community…

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BR: Night People (1954)

BR: Night People (1954)

October 18, 2017 | By

After years as an experienced writer-producer at Twentieth Century-Fox, screenwriter Nunnally Johnson made his first film as director with this virginal Cold War espionage thriller set in postwar Berlin…

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A Tale of Two Wonder Women: Gal Gadot (2017) + Cathy Kee Crosby (1974)

A Tale of Two Wonder Women: Gal Gadot (2017) + Cathy Kee Crosby (1974)

October 15, 2017 | By

Reviews of two Wonder Woman adaptations: Patty Jenkins’ 2017 theatrical hit (Warner Home Video) with Gal Gadot + the 1974 TV pilot (Warner Archives) with Cathy Lee Crosby.

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BR: Wonder Woman (2017)

BR: Wonder Woman (2017)

October 15, 2017 | By

There have been many attempts to capture the magic of DC’s popular heroine in film, a TV pilot, TV series, and animated productions, but Patty Jenkins’ 2017 film showcases Princess Diana (Gal Gadot) in an almost classically structured superhero adventure film, spending an unusual level of detail on her backstory…

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DVD: Wonder Woman (1974)

DVD: Wonder Woman (1974)

October 15, 2017 | By

For years after the cancellation of the Lynda Carter Wonder Woman series (1975-1979), this oddity floating in syndication, perplexing series fans because although it was a WW feature length drama, it starred Cathy Lee Crosby in a production that seemed tightly budgeted, and just looked and felt all wrong…

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ArtScopeTO 04: Interview with Abstract Painter Chris Marin

ArtScopeTO 04: Interview with Abstract Painter Chris Marin

October 10, 2017 | By

Just posted: a new ArtScopeTO podcast interview featuring abstract painter Chris Marin, whose series Passages can be seen at Toronto’s Urban Gallery, Oct. 5-28, 2017.

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Tut-Tut-Tut Part I: A Tale of Two Mummies

Tut-Tut-Tut Part I: A Tale of Two Mummies

October 6, 2017 | By

Reviews of two mummy tales: Tom Cruise’s disastrous The Mummy (2017) from Universal + ITV’s excellent mini-series Tutankhamun / The Mummy of Tutankhamun (2016).

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BR: Mummy, The (2017)

BR: Mummy, The (2017)

October 6, 2017 | By

When Stephen Sommers pitched to Universal’s studio brass his vision to reinvigorate their classic monsters into a new franchises, he hit gold with The Mummy (1999), a boisterous and blatant homage of sorts to Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) that benefited from high energy, broad humour, and the buddy-buddy pairing of a male and female leads…

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