Author Archive: Mark R. Hasan

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Two Shades of Diane Keaton: Baby Boom (1987) + The Little Drummer Girl (1984)

Two Shades of Diane Keaton: Baby Boom (1987) + The Little Drummer Girl (1984)

April 20, 2017 | By

Reviews of two distinct genre outings starring Diane Keaton: the romcom Baby Boom (1987) on Blu via Twilight Time + John Le Carré’s The Little Drummer Girl (1984) from Warner Archives.

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BR: Baby Boom (1987)

BR: Baby Boom (1987)

April 20, 2017 | By

Former husband and wife team of Charles Shyer and Nancy Myers (Private Benjamin, Father of the Bride, Father of the Bride Part II) concocted this surprisingly effective update of a classic screwball comedy, and although the pair may not have intended Baby Boom to be a time capsule of mores and conflicts of women juggling career and family in the mid-1980s…

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Little Drummer Girl, The (1984)

Little Drummer Girl, The (1984)

April 20, 2017 | By

The absurdity of John Le Carré’s plot may have been the key attraction for Hill: an American actress working in a London rep theatre is recruited by the Israeli secret service to pretend she’s the lover of the bomber’s brother, acting out the role with her own real background until the bomber’s identified and ultimately neutralized…

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National Canadian Film Day (and Where Things Should Be By Now)

National Canadian Film Day (and Where Things Should Be By Now)

April 19, 2017 | By

The 3rd annual National Canadian Film Day, and more thoughts on where I’d hoped things would be in terms of accessible CanCon.

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Podcast with Maurizio Guarini on scoring Dante’s Inferno / L’Inferno (1911)

Podcast with Maurizio Guarini on scoring Dante’s Inferno / L’Inferno (1911)

April 9, 2017 | By

Review of Italy’s first feature film, the surreal silent classic Dante’s Inferno / L’Inferno (1911) + a podcast interview with the film’s composer, Goblin’s Maurizio Guarini, plus related podcast links.

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Film: Dante’s Inferno / L’Inferno (1911)

Film: Dante’s Inferno / L’Inferno (1911)

April 9, 2017 | By

What may have helped keep audiences attentive was Dante’s story and risqué material that’s still quite provocative: this first film version of The Divine Comedy features partial nudity and magnificently surreal images which undoubtedly influenced future filmmakers with its vivid mis-en-secene…

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Edward Bernds’ deliciously ridiculous World Without End (1956)

Edward Bernds’ deliciously ridiculous World Without End (1956)

April 6, 2017 | By

Review of Edward Bernds’ sci-fi B classic, World Without End (1956), released in a gorgeous Blu-ray edition from Warner Archives.

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Alan J. Pakula’s Revisionist Western: Comes a Horseman (1978)

Alan J. Pakula’s Revisionist Western: Comes a Horseman (1978)

April 5, 2017 | By

Review of Comes a Horseman (1978), Alan J. Pakula’s revisionist western starring Jane Fonda, James Caan, Jason Robards, and Richard Farnsworth (The Grey Fox), new on Blu from Twilight Time.

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BR: Comes a Horseman (1978)

BR: Comes a Horseman (1978)

April 5, 2017 | By

Comes a Horseman may be regarded as a revisionist western – its setting near the end of WWII offers an interesting series of culture clashes between returning war veterans, locals, traditionalist cow herders, and the emerging postwar economy that would boom with oil and mineral mining in formally pristine environments…

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September Storm Resurfaces in 3D!

September Storm Resurfaces in 3D!

April 1, 2017 | By

The first of a month feature: 3D films on Blu, starting with Byron Haskin’s September Storm (1960), the forgotten 3D classic restored by the 3-D Film Archive, and released on Blu via Kino Studio Classics and Unobstructed View (Canada).

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