Author Archive: Mark R. Hasan

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A Conversation with Peter Roffman

A Conversation with Peter Roffman

January 12, 2018 | By

A lengthy podcast with Peter Roffman, editor / author of Dear Guelda: The Death and Life of Pioneering Canadian Filmmaker Julian Roffman, director of the CanCon 3D classic The Mask (1961), and so much more.

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Andre De Toth’s Nihilistic Diptych: Play Dirty (1969) + El Condor (1970)

Andre De Toth’s Nihilistic Diptych: Play Dirty (1969) + El Condor (1970)

January 8, 2018 | By

Underrated director Andre De Toth’s last two films are spotlighted: the nihilistic Play Dirty (1969) on Blu from Twilight Time + El Condor (1970) on DVD from Warner Archives.

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BR: Play Dirty (1969)

BR: Play Dirty (1969)

January 8, 2018 | By

A key reason why Andre De Toth’s last film as director remained an obscurity on home video is the film’s stark cynical tone and ultimately nihilistic finale which must have had UA executives wondering how to market a movie where the punchline is essentially Life is Shit…

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DVD: El Condor (1970)

DVD: El Condor (1970)

January 8, 2018 | By

After Play Dirty (1969), a film that would be his last as director, Andre De Toth produced another exercise in nihilism, this time a buddy western featuring action, a few broad laughs, and risqué R-rated material, capped with a finale that leaves about half of the leading characters alive…

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A New Book, Some Changes, and Happy New Year!

A New Book, Some Changes, and Happy New Year!

January 1, 2018 | By

Details on the forthcoming Cult Epics Comprehensive Guide to Cult Cinema, which features more than a few of my reviews, some Editorial Blather, and a Happy New Year!

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At Home with Guillermo del Toro’s Monsters at the AGO

At Home with Guillermo del Toro’s Monsters at the AGO

December 29, 2017 | By

As Guillermo del Toro’s At Home with Monsters exhibit nears its end at the AGO next week, here’s a personal narrative on this must-see pilgrimage for fans of horror culture.

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The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, Season 1

The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, Season 1

December 21, 2017 | By

Review of the stellar GLOW: Season 1, another exclusive Netflix series.

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TV: GLOW – Season 1 (2017)

TV: GLOW – Season 1 (2017)

December 21, 2017 | By

Based on the cult 1986-1992 series Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW), in which actresses, stuntwomen, models, and the curious created outrageous ring personas and engaged in choreographed matches tied to fictional backstories…

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3D! Live on the Battlefield, and Dotting the Eye!

3D! Live on the Battlefield, and Dotting the Eye!

December 10, 2017 | By

Two 1953 3D flicks on Blu: Cease Fire! from KL Studio Classics / Unobstructed View + Man in the Dark from Twilight Time.

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BR: Cease Fire! (1953)

BR: Cease Fire! (1953)

December 10, 2017 | By

As recounted in a lengthy essay by Ted Okuda, the 3D project was put into action and in an area safely away from active combat, filming took place with the uncredited soldiers playing themselves, and supposedly real artillery was used in the sniper, tank, and air squadron attacks – inarguably the film’s most thrilling and propulsive components…

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