Author Archive: Mark R. Hasan

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BR: Satan Never Sleeps (1962)

BR: Satan Never Sleeps (1962)

March 8, 2019 | By

Whether Pearl S. Buck’s first screenplay required heavy work by Claude Binyon isn’t known, but the author of The Good Earth (published in 1931, and made into a film in 1937 by MGM) reportedly wrote China Story around 1950…

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DVD: Man in the Middle (1964)

DVD: Man in the Middle (1964)

March 8, 2019 | By

A whydunnit transposed to a WWII military courtroom in India, this adaptation of Howard Fast’s novel deals with a U.S. lieutenant facing the death penalty after shooting a British colleague in cold blood…

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Walter Wanger’s Arabian Adventures

Walter Wanger’s Arabian Adventures

February 15, 2019 | By

Reviews of two Arabian adventure-romance mini-epics from producer Walter Wanger: THE ADVENTURES OF HAJJI BABA (1954) on Blu from Twilight Time + ARABIAN NIGHTS (1942) from Universal.

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BR: Adventures of Hajji Baba, The (1954)

BR: Adventures of Hajji Baba, The (1954)

February 15, 2019 | By

When Monogram Pictures morphed into Allied Artists around 1953, the poverty row studio took several cracks at B+ and the odd A-level picture during the mid-1950s, including their first foray into CinemaScope…

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DVD: Arabian Nights (1942)

DVD: Arabian Nights (1942)

February 15, 2019 | By

Inspired by the success of Rank’s Technicolor extravaganza The Thief of Bagdad (1940), producer Walter Wanger set up a sweet deal to produce films for Universal, and the first production to benefit from the studio’s talent and cash pool was Arabian Nights…

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Stinkers of 2018: Mile 22 + Peppermint

Stinkers of 2018: Mile 22 + Peppermint

February 5, 2019 | By

Two of 2018’s action stinkers are reviewed this week: Peter Berg’s MILE 22 + Pierre Morel’s PEPPERMINT.

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BR: Mile 22 (2018)

BR: Mile 22 (2018)

February 5, 2019 | By

Action dramas about characters struggling to get from point A to B within a set time frame aren’t new – Richard Donner tackled one in 13 Blocks, although it helped shutter his lengthy, box office-friendly career after 2006 –  but they’re rarely successful when the script fails…

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BR: Peppermint (2018)

BR: Peppermint (2018)

February 5, 2019 | By

Peppermint is the latest revenge thriller in which a mature actor plays a character whose family is either endangered (Taken) or dead, or whose own life is part of a larger scheme to hush an opponent permanently (The Gunman)…

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Sunshine (1973) + R.I.P. Nick Redman (1955-2019)

Sunshine (1973) + R.I.P. Nick Redman (1955-2019)

January 19, 2019 | By

Review of the touching docu-drama SUNSHINE (1973) + R.I.P. Twilight Time’s Nick Redman (1955-2019).

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BR: Sunshine (1973)

BR: Sunshine (1973)

January 19, 2019 | By

Based on the published journals by Jacquelyn Helton, Carol Sobieski’s adaptation follows the basic chronology of a young mother diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer, and her decision to dictate personal thoughts, articulate feelings, and provide advice for the daughter and husband destined to lose her at age 20…

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