Author Archive: Mark R. Hasan

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That Stock Company Guy, Dick Miller

That Stock Company Guy, Dick Miller

July 12, 2019 | By

Review of Elijah Drenner’s giddy doc THAT GUY DICK MILLER (2014) from Indiecan.

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DVD: That Guy Dick Miller (2014)

DVD: That Guy Dick Miller (2014)

July 12, 2019 | By

There have been documentaries on the faces and voices of character actors we’ve seen but can never place, but Dick Miller is a different animal – a hugely prolific character actor and emeritus magnus of…

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Impeccable Ensembles: Beat the Devil (1953) + Between the Lines (1977)

Impeccable Ensembles: Beat the Devil (1953) + Between the Lines (1977)

July 5, 2019 | By

Impeccable ensemble casts are the main draw in John Huston’s BEAT THE DEVIL (1953) + Joan Micklin Silver’s BETWEEN THE LINES (1977).

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BR: Beat the Devil (1953)

BR: Beat the Devil (1953)

July 5, 2019 | By

One of the oddest films ever made, Beat the Devil is many things: a dry comedy, a slick celluloid pastry with a hollow centre, a cheat, and an interminably dull production which…

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DVD: Between the Lines (1977)

DVD: Between the Lines (1977)

July 5, 2019 | By

Joan Micklin Silver’s chance meeting with ex-Boston Phoenix writer Fred Barron at a film expo resulted in ‘a coming of age’ dramady about people who’ve ‘come of age’…

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Edward Dmytryk’s Warlock (1958) + Bluebeard (1972)

Edward Dmytryk’s Warlock (1958) + Bluebeard (1972)

June 21, 2019 | By

Two genre gems by Edward Dmytryk – the message-heavy western WARLOCK (1958) on Twilight Time Blu + the eurosleaze classic BLUEBEARD (1972) on DVD.

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BR: Warlock (1959)

BR: Warlock (1959)

June 21, 2019 | By

The film, itself based on a praised 1958 novel by Oakley Hall, could be summarized as High Noon (1952) with double the characters and tripled conflicts…

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DVD: Bluebeard (1972)

DVD: Bluebeard (1972)

June 21, 2019 | By

It’s unsure whether director / co-writer Edward Dmytryk was aware of any thin connections to the violent & fetishistic giallo genre, whereas the film’s other co-writers, Maria Pia Fusco and Ennio De Concini…

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Melo-Noir: Black Widow (1954) + Slightly Scarlet (1956)

Melo-Noir: Black Widow (1954) + Slightly Scarlet (1956)

June 16, 2019 | By

A pair of noir-melodramas boasting striking mid-century style: Nunnally Johnson’s BLACK WIDOW (1954) on Twilight Time Blu + Allan Dwan’s delicious SLIGHTLY SCARLET (1956) on VCI DVD.

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BR: Black Widow (1954)

BR: Black Widow (1954)

June 16, 2019 | By

Nunnally Johnson’s adaptation of Patrick Quentin’s novel Fatal Woman is almost as slick as this stellar big screen production…

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