Author Archive: Mark R. Hasan

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BR: Last Hurrah, The (1958)

BR: Last Hurrah, The (1958)

November 5, 2018 | By

The setting is a thinly veiled version of Boston, and the last election of its aging mayor Frank Skeffington (Spncer Tracy) who’s supposed to be a shoe-in for a seat he’s held for several terms…

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Disaster 101: Skyscraper (2018) + Thoughts on Video Store Day 8 and the Human Touch

Disaster 101: Skyscraper (2018) + Thoughts on Video Store Day 8 and the Human Touch

November 3, 2018 | By

Review of the Dwayne Johnson disaster entry SKYSCRAPER (2018) from Universal + thoughts on Video Store Day 8 and the Human Element that keeps the very creation of Physical Media alive.

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BR: Skyscraper (2018)

BR: Skyscraper (2018)

November 3, 2018 | By

It’s really tragic when a good premise and a few inventive jolts to the disaster film formula are torpedoed by lackadaisical script, but writer-director-co-producer Rawson Marshall Thurber is wholly responsible for hobbling what could’ve been a decent genre entry…

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Gregory Peck, Henry King, and The Bravados (1958)

Gregory Peck, Henry King, and The Bravados (1958)

October 20, 2018 | By

Review + additional thoughts on Fox’ A-level talent in the brooding western THE BRAVADOS (1958), new on Blu from Twilight Time.

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BR: Bravados, The (1958)

BR: Bravados, The (1958)

October 20, 2018 | By

Based on the novel by Frank O’Rourke  (The Professionals, The Great Bank Robbery), The Bravados is one of the darkest westerns produced during 1950s by Hollywood. The premise of a husband hunting down the rapists & killers of his wife isn’t unique to genre…

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CanCon 101: Changeling, The (1980)

CanCon 101: Changeling, The (1980)

October 13, 2018 | By

CanCon 101 spotlights one of the best ghost stories ever made, Peter Medak’s chilling THE CHANGELING (1980), new on Blu via Severin Films.

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BR: Changeling, The (1980)

BR: Changeling, The (1980)

October 13, 2018 | By

Even after the lengthy wave of 1980s gory drive-in shockers and the slasher craze (writer Gray penned the CanCon classiques Prom Night and Humungous; co-writer Diana Maddox The Amateur for the producers), The Changeling still retained respect from genre fans because of its unnerving story of a concert pianist…

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Much Khan: Genghis Khan (1965) + The Conqueror (1956)

Much Khan: Genghis Khan (1965) + The Conqueror (1956)

October 5, 2018 | By

Yes, it’s finally time to compare the legendary conqueror as portrayed by Omar Sharif in GENGHIS KHAN (1965) on Blu via Twilight Time + John Wayne in THE CONQUEROR (1956) on DVD via KOCH Media.

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BR: Genghis Khan (1965)

BR: Genghis Khan (1965)

October 5, 2018 | By

The 1960s was the decade where epics bloomed, ballooned, and died as superproductions were cranked out by studios and maverick indie producers, and Genghis Khan was designed to ride the wave furthered by Samuel Bronston…

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DVD: Conqueror, The (1956)

DVD: Conqueror, The (1956)

October 5, 2018 | By

As the legend goes, in spite of protestations from director Dick Powell, himself a former actor and song & dance man (On the Avenue), Wayne insisted on making his last film for RKO The Conqueror, and with Howard Hughes still at the helm of the studio, what could go wrong?

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