Author Archive: Mark R. Hasan

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Calling Hedy Lamarr: Inventor, Glamour Goddess, and Hollywood Icon

Calling Hedy Lamarr: Inventor, Glamour Goddess, and Hollywood Icon

February 8, 2017 | By

Reviews of two docs on legendary Hollywood beauty Hedy Lamarr and her discrete activities as an influential inventor: Calling Hedy Lamarr (2004) + Hedy Lamarr: Secrets of a Hollywood Star (2006).

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Film: Calling Hedy Lamarr (2004)

Film: Calling Hedy Lamarr (2004)

February 8, 2017 | By

Georg Misch’s 2004 documentary is built around the revelation of the famous actress’ co-creation of spread spectrum frequency hopping, an alternating frequency system designed & patented during WWII to ensure radio-controlled torpedoes couldn’t be jammed by the Nazis…

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DVD: Hedy Lamarr – Secrets of a Hollywood Star (2006)

DVD: Hedy Lamarr – Secrets of a Hollywood Star (2006)

February 8, 2017 | By

Produced 5 years after her death in 2000, this expose of Hollywood glamour goddess Hedy Lamarr draws primarily from a 1970 interview with a German TV crew and interviews with surviving friends and colleagues to peel back the myth of the actress being nothing more than a silver screen beauty…

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The Mad Magician Returns + The Bat, Chamber of Horrors, and Thoughts on 3D

The Mad Magician Returns + The Bat, Chamber of Horrors, and Thoughts on 3D

February 8, 2017 | By

Reviews of the Vincent Price 3D classic The Mad Magician (Twilight Time) + The Bat (Anchor Bay) and Chamber of Horrors (WHV) and Some Thoughts on 3D.

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BR: Mad Magician, The (1954)

BR: Mad Magician, The (1954)

February 7, 2017 | By

The Mad Magician was one of the most successful 3D films during the format’s first theatrical wave, but it also felt like House of Wax’s lesser but not quite idiot cousin, and expectations for the former film to match the latter’s success in energy, quality, and ghoulishness…

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DVD: Bat, The (1959)

DVD: Bat, The (1959)

February 7, 2017 | By

The third film version of Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood’s 1920 Broadway play was heavily upgraded by writer-director Crane Wilbur with a lumpy structure that tried to update the material for 1950s audiences, perhaps tailoring Vincent Price’s…

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DVD: Chamber of Horrors (1966)

DVD: Chamber of Horrors (1966)

February 7, 2017 | By

The lore behind this grisly horror comedy is somewhat legendary in cult film history: originally titled and conceived as a series very loosely tied to Warner Bros.’ 3D hit House of Wax (1953), the final production was deemed too graphic as a TV pilot, and was released to cinemas, rebranded as Chamber of Horrors…

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Tales of Undersea Treasures: Boy on a Dolphin (1957)

Tales of Undersea Treasures: Boy on a Dolphin (1957)

January 31, 2017 | By

Updated review of Boy on a Dolphin (1957), a personal favourite among Fox’s CInemaScope releases, and recently released by KINO on Blu featuring a stunning HD transfer.

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Charles Bronson’s From Noon Till Three (1976) + Murphy’s Law (1986)

Charles Bronson’s From Noon Till Three (1976) + Murphy’s Law (1986)

January 21, 2017 | By

Reviews of two very interesting genre variants starring Charles Bronson – Frank Gilroy’s odd black comedy From Noon Till Three (1976) and J. Lee Thompson’s cop thriller Murphy’s Law (1986), both on Blu from Twilight Time.

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BR: From Noon Till Three (1976)

BR: From Noon Till Three (1976)

January 21, 2017 | By

Frank Gilroy’s novel may have flowed from comedy to romance, black comedy to semi-tragedy, with an absurdist finale, but his own adaptation and direction resulted in a most peculiar western which was an impossible sell…

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