Author Archive: Mark R. Hasan

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TJFF 2017: Ferenc Török’s 1945 (2017)

TJFF 2017: Ferenc Török’s 1945 (2017)

May 9, 2017 | By

Review of Ferenc Török’s 1945 (2017), which recently screened at TJFF 2017, and dramatizes the exposure of a dark secret by two strangers visiting a post-WWII town in Hungary.

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Film: 1945 (2017)

Film: 1945 (2017)

May 9, 2017 | By

Ferenc Török’s drama unravels as a minimalist thriller, as a train brings two strangers into a postwar Hungarian town bearing a set of slim wooden boxes. Soviet soldiers roam around town rather aimlessly, but the sight of the silent visitors sends fear throughout town…

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Woody Allen’s Another Woman (1988)

Woody Allen’s Another Woman (1988)

May 8, 2017 | By

Review of Twilight Time’s new Blu-ray edition of Woody Allen’s underrated drama Another Woman (1988).

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BR: Another Woman (1988)

BR: Another Woman (1988)

May 8, 2017 | By

If Interiors (1978) had Woody Allen oozing with the somber mood, visual minimalism, and dreadfully serious characters of a dead serious Ingmar Bergman drama, Another Woman is a more satisfying hybrid, unfolding like a filmed stage play with every scene is tied to a central character in a deep state of ennui…

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Paura: Lucio Fulci Remembered (2008) and Wax Mask (1997)

Paura: Lucio Fulci Remembered (2008) and Wax Mask (1997)

May 5, 2017 | By

Review of Wax Mask / M.D.C. – Maschera di cera (1997), new on Blu from One 7 Movies + from the KQEK.com archives, Mike Baronas’ affectionate portrait of the legendary eye trauma auteur, Paura: Lucio Fulci Remembered (2008) on DVD.

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BR: Wax Mask / M.D.C. – Maschera di cera (1997)

BR: Wax Mask / M.D.C. – Maschera di cera (1997)

May 5, 2017 | By

Although Lucio Fulci had maintained a steady output of films during the 1980s, producing some of his nastiest delights – The Beyond (1981) and The New York Ripper (1982) being among the most outrageous – as his health began to falter, the famed Italian horror director was courted by Dario Argento to collaborate on a new film, a project that would hopefully boost Fulci’s emotions and lessen the strain from fragile health…

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DVD: Paura – Lucio Fulci Remembered, Vol. 1 (2008)

DVD: Paura – Lucio Fulci Remembered, Vol. 1 (2008)

May 5, 2017 | By

Director Lucio Fulci will forever remain a controversial director not because his greatest fame came from crafting gory horror entries with often bizarre plots, but whether he was a genuinely proficient filmmaker. Most of his 50+ films are unavailable to English language audiences…

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The Return of Peyton Place, and its Progeny, Twin Peaks 2017

The Return of Peyton Place, and its Progeny, Twin Peaks 2017

May 1, 2017 | By

Review of Peyton Place (1957), Twilight Time’s Blu-ray of the blockbuster film based on Grace Metalious’ mega-selling novel, and the inspiration for David Lynch & Mark Frost’s Twin Peaks (1990-1991, and 2017).

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BR: Peyton Place (1957)

BR: Peyton Place (1957)

May 1, 2017 | By

The backstory behind the creation of the source novel for Fox’s hit film version is no less fascinating: after writing her first novel over several years, housewife Grace Metalious’ efforts were published in 1956, sold 60,000 copies in its first 10 days on sale, 100,000 copies within its first month, and 12 million over time…

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CanCon101: Cathy’s Curse (1977)

CanCon101: Cathy’s Curse (1977)

April 28, 2017 | By

In the latest installment of CanCon 101, a review of Eddy Matalon’s canuxploitation classique Cathy’s Curse (1977), released on Blu via Severin Films.

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