Author Archive: Mark R. Hasan

rss feed

BR: What the Peeper Saw / Diabólica malicia (1972)

BR: What the Peeper Saw / Diabólica malicia (1972)

March 20, 2018 | By

Film: Very Good Transfer: Very Good Extras: Standard Label:  VCI Region: A Released:  February 16, 2016 Genre:  Giallo / Suspense Synopsis: A newlywed suspects her stepson may have murdered his mother, and now has eyes on her! Special Features:  Theatrical & TV Trailers.     Review: After making a striking formal debut as the titular tiny tot […]

Read More

No Laughing Matter: Victor Hugo’s Cruel Romance “L’homme qui rit”

No Laughing Matter: Victor Hugo’s Cruel Romance “L’homme qui rit”

March 17, 2018 | By

Reviews of Victor Hugo’s The Man Who Laughs on film: the 1928 silent classic directed by Paul Leni & starring Conrad Veidt + the 2012 Jean-Pierre Améris version.

Read More

DVD: Man Who Laughs, The (1928)

DVD: Man Who Laughs, The (1928)

March 17, 2018 | By

Cited as a strong influence on Universal’s expressionistic horror films of the 1930s, The Man Who Laughs was the first major film version of Victor Hugo’s 1869 novel that told the truly horrible tale of a disfigured child adopted by a small-time circus owner, and years later, becomes a celebrity of sorts when his disfigurement enthralls locals…

Read More

DVD: Man Who Laughs, The / L’homme qui rit (2012)

DVD: Man Who Laughs, The / L’homme qui rit (2012)

March 16, 2018 | By

Packed with an attractive cast, The Man Who Laughs is much leaner in story and character moments, yet follows the central tale of scarred and abandoned Gwynplaine adopted by poor itinerant showman…

Read More

The Joy of Infidelity

The Joy of Infidelity

March 2, 2018 | By

The joy (and perils) of infidelity are centre-frame in Paul Mazursky’s Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) + Woody Allen’s Husbands and Wives (1992), on Blu via Twilight Time.

Read More

BR: Husbands and Wives (1992)

BR: Husbands and Wives (1992)

March 2, 2018 | By

Woody Allen’s last film starring Mia Farrow is one of his best and darkest comedies, hyper-fixating on the (largely) negative effects of infidelity – the film earned Oscar nominations for writing and supporting actress (Judy Davis) – but its most powerful moments…

Read More

BR: Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)

BR: Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)

March 2, 2018 | By

The idea stemmed from Paul Mazursky’s own trip to a retreat managed by the Esalen Institute, which offered group therapy for individuals seeking self-betterment without the fetters of traditional medicine and psychology…

Read More

Marilyn Lerner Talks Scoring Silent Film

Marilyn Lerner Talks Scoring Silent Film

February 21, 2018 | By

Jazz composer & improviser Marilyn Lerner discusses performing her scores live for silent films, including Frank Borzage’s Street Angel (1928) + the upcoming The Man Who Laughs (1928) at Toronto’s Revue Cinema.

Read More

The Relationship Between Bananas and Sex

The Relationship Between Bananas and Sex

February 17, 2018 | By

Reviews of two Woody Allen satirical classics – Bananas (1971) + Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* But Were Afraid to Ask (1972) – on Blu via Twilight Time.

Read More

BR: Bananas (1971)

BR: Bananas (1971)

February 17, 2018 | By

Woody Allen’s reteaming with Take the Money and Run (1969) co-writer Mickey Rose struck pure gold in this poke at contemporary politics in which a moron becomes the leader of a South American country after it undergoes a Cuba-like revolution…

Read More

banner ad
banner ad