Author Archive: Mark R. Hasan

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BR: Desecration (1999)

BR: Desecration (1999)

December 8, 2018 | By

After refining the imagery from specific nightmares into a series of abstract short films, Dante Tomaselli fleshed out his surreal tale of a morally corrupt spirit into a feature-length work that’s part nightmare…

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The Rebirth of Dante Tomaselli’s Desecration (1999)

The Rebirth of Dante Tomaselli’s Desecration (1999)

December 8, 2018 | By

Review of Desecration (1999) on Blu from Code Red / KINO / Unobstructed View + an interview with writer-director-composer Dante Tomaselli.

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Suburban Tales VIII: No Down Payment (1957)

Suburban Tales VIII: No Down Payment (1957)

November 30, 2018 | By

In Suburban Tales VIII, I examine Martin Ritt’s film of John McPartland’s novel No Down Payment (1957), released on shiny Blu-ray by Twilight Time, plus some contemporary parallels…

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BR: No Down Payment (1957)

BR: No Down Payment (1957)

November 30, 2018 | By

Martin Ritt’s second film as director is this lesser known, slightly star-studded drama based on a novel by pulp writer John McPartland, and both the film and novel were reportedly the inspiration for Knots Landing…

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Even Killer Fish Movies Must Have Killer DNA: The Meg (2018)

Even Killer Fish Movies Must Have Killer DNA: The Meg (2018)

November 20, 2018 | By

Review of the latest 3D killer fish flick: THE MEG (2018) from Warner Bros. + quick thoughts on the ongoing Canada-wide postal strike.

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BR: Meg, The (2018)

BR: Meg, The (2018)

November 20, 2018 | By

In spite of the hype, the decent box office gross, and inherent B-movie elements, The Meg is an incredibly dumb film, which wouldn’t be an issue if the script had been crafted with skill, and the direction wasn’t hack-like…

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Djinn (2013): Tobe Hooper’s Supernatural Swill

Djinn (2013): Tobe Hooper’s Supernatural Swill

November 17, 2018 | By

Review of Tobe Hooper’s feature film swan song, the barely seen Djinn (2013), from Screen Media.

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DVD: Djinn (2013)

DVD: Djinn (2013)

November 17, 2018 | By

Filmed in 2011, sneaked to a London test audience in 2012, and premiering at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival in 2013, Tobe Hooper’s swan song is a sad illustration of the lousy projects the Poltergiest (1982) director had to settle for at the tail-end of his career…

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Politics, Politics, Politics: BlacKkKlansman (2018) + The Last Hurrah (1958)

Politics, Politics, Politics: BlacKkKlansman (2018) + The Last Hurrah (1958)

November 5, 2018 | By

Just in time for the U.S. midterms are two political dramas – Spike Lee’s BLACKKKLANSMAN (2018) from Universal + John Ford’s THE LAST HURRAH (1958) from Twilight Time.

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DVD: BlacKkKlansman (2018)

DVD: BlacKkKlansman (2018)

November 5, 2018 | By

Spike Lee’s latest feature is based on Black Klansman, Ron Stallworth’s recently published account of his time as an undercover detective for the Colorado Springs Police Department during the 1970s, with one heck of a premise…

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