Author Archive: Mark R. Hasan

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Film: Abby (1974)

Film: Abby (1974)

July 9, 2017 | By

During a 6 year period, William Girdler managed to beat the odds and carve out a respectable position as an indie writer-producer-director within the exploitation area until his sudden death at the age of 30 while scouting locations for what would’ve been his 10th film…

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Dreaming of Electrified Wires: Robert Fantinatto & Jason Amm’s epic documentary on modular synths

Dreaming of Electrified Wires: Robert Fantinatto & Jason Amm’s epic documentary on modular synths

July 4, 2017 | By

Review of Robert Fantinatto and Jason Amm’s epic documentary on modular synths, I Dream of Wires (2014), on Blu in the 4 hour Hardcore Edition.

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BR: I Dream of Wires (2014)

BR: I Dream of Wires (2014)

July 4, 2017 | By

Robert Fantinatto and Jason Amm’s film is ostensibly a chronicle of the birth, rise, development, refinement, explosive use, decline, rejection, rediscovery, nostalgia for, and resurgence of modular synths, and that’s probably the main take average viewers will have on the 96 min. theatrical cut of the film released in 2014, but there are layers beneath its formal structure, especially in the follow-up 4 hour Hardcore Edition…

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Ken Takakura and Brutal Tales of The Yakuza

Ken Takakura and Brutal Tales of The Yakuza

June 30, 2017 | By

Reviews of two new Blu-rays starring Japan’s inimitable Ken Takakura: Brutal Tales of Chivalry / Shôwa zankyô-den (1965) from Twilight Time + The Yakuza (1974) from Warner Archives.

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BR: Brutal Tales of Chivalry / Shôwa zankyô-den (1965)

BR: Brutal Tales of Chivalry / Shôwa zankyô-den (1965)

June 30, 2017 | By

It’s almost a tale of a reformed pacifist driven by loyalty to his late father’s non-violence decree, with Seiji suppressing his fine-honed instinct to make precisions strikes as the clan’s business and areas of control are whittled down by a once-respectful nemesis…

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BR: Yakuza, The (1974)

BR: Yakuza, The (1974)

June 30, 2017 | By

Derived from a story and originally scripted by brothers Leonard and Paul Schrader, respectively, producer-director Sydney Pollack, fresh off The Way We Were (1973), had Robert Towne (Chinatown) attenuate the action and violence and put a greater emphasis on the culture clashes between east and west…

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Inferno (1953) on Blu + BSV 1172 Premieres at Eye Myth Cine-Gallery Film Festival

Inferno (1953) on Blu + BSV 1172 Premieres at Eye Myth Cine-Gallery Film Festival

June 21, 2017 | By

Three things in one jam-packed update: review of Twilight Time’s 3D Blu of the desert noir classic Inferno (1953), thoughts on 3D, and my short experimental doc BSV 1172 Premieres this Fri. June 23 at Eye Myth Cine-Gallery. Read on for more details!

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Charles Bronson’s The Stone Killer (1973) + X-15 (1961)

Charles Bronson’s The Stone Killer (1973) + X-15 (1961)

June 16, 2017 | By

Two of Charles Bronson’s career pegs are reviewed: Michael Winner’s The Stone Killer (1973) from Twilight Time + Richard Donner’s X-15 (1961) from MGM.

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BR: Stone Killer, The (1972)

BR: Stone Killer, The (1972)

June 16, 2017 | By

Reportedly the only film among the Charles Bronson-Dino De Laurentiis films never to make it to DVD, The Stone Killer took the cops uncovering a mass-criminal training scheme from John Gardner’s novel, replaced the multiple bank heist finale with a multiple mob hit, and swapped London for Los Angeles, but still leaving New York City as a key location where Dirty Harry variant Lou Torrey (Bronson) hops back & forth…

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DVD: X-15 (1961)

DVD: X-15 (1961)

June 16, 2017 | By

Richard Donner’s feature film directorial debut is a mixed blessing, an attempt at docu-drama that combined nascent space exploration through NASA’s early pilot-controlled, rocket-powered spacecraft and the fetishizing of aircraft gear & procedures…

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