Author Archive: Mark R. Hasan

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CanCon 101: Gnaw – Food of the Gods Part II (1989)

CanCon 101: Gnaw – Food of the Gods Part II (1989)

April 23, 2018 | By

CanCon 101 puts the blue gelled spotlight on Damian Lee’s forgotten cult classic Gnaw – Food of the Gods: Part II (1989) + York University’s tunnels.

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DVD: Gnaw – Foods of the Gods: Part 2 (1989)

DVD: Gnaw – Foods of the Gods: Part 2 (1989)

April 23, 2018 | By

H.G. Wells’ 1904 novel The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth has spawned a trio of works, each of which isn’t especially faithful to the 3-part book, and around 1987 Damian Lee took a crack at Wells’ novel…

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ArtScopeTO 07: Interview with Photographer Andre Vittorio

ArtScopeTO 07: Interview with Photographer Andre Vittorio

April 16, 2018 | By

Aprils ArtScopeTO podcast features photographer Andre Vittorio, whose series Abstractions on Metal can be seen at Toronto’s Urban Gallery until Sat. April 28, 2018.

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Viva Amiga (2017) and the Video Toaster: Revolution (1991)

Viva Amiga (2017) and the Video Toaster: Revolution (1991)

April 10, 2018 | By

Review of Zach Weddington’s swell documentary Viva Amiga (2017) on the iconic multimedia computer, links to a vintage demo video on NewTek’s Video Toaster, and links to a new blog on York University’s Film Program, circa 1987-1991.

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Digital: Viva Amiga (2016)

Digital: Viva Amiga (2016)

April 10, 2018 | By

When the Amiga computer made its auspicious 1985 debut in an elaborate product launch at Lincoln Center, it was another new player determined to assert itself in a market dominated by IBM, Apple, Atari, and Commodore, and for a while it seemed as though the big-thinking team behind the unconventional machine would find a place where it could gain followers, grow as a creative entity, and perhaps become a dominant player as a true multimedia, multitasking personal computer…

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Terror Rides the Rails: Dutchman (1966) + The Incident (1967)

Terror Rides the Rails: Dutchman (1966) + The Incident (1967)

March 22, 2018 | By

Reviews of two tales of terror set in cramped NYC subway cars: Larry Peerce’s The Incident (1967) on Blu from Twilight Time + Anthony Harvey’s Dutchman (1966) from Image.

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BR: Incident, The (1967)

BR: Incident, The (1967)

March 22, 2018 | By

The making of Larry Peerce’s second feature film is almost as fascinating as The Incident itself, which began as a live teleplay for the DuPont Show of the Week in 1963. Produced in the third and final season of the series, Ride with Terror was an hour long drama about two thugs who terrorize subway travelers on a dry, late Sunday night…

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DVD: Dutchman (1966)

DVD: Dutchman (1966)

March 22, 2018 | By

After starting off as an actor and later establishing himself as a noted editor for directors like Stanley Kubrick (Lolita, Dr. Strangelove) and Bryan Forbes (The L-Shaped Room), Anthony Harvey selected a most unusual script for his directorial debut: Amiri Baraka’s (aka LeRoi Jones) 1964 play Dutchman…

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Peeping into the Labyrinth: the Giallo & the Neo-Giallo

Peeping into the Labyrinth: the Giallo & the Neo-Giallo

March 20, 2018 | By

Reviews of two giallo entries from 1972: Mario Caiano’s Eye in the Labyrinth / L’occhio nel labirinto on Code Red DVD + James Kelley’s What the Peeper Saw / Diabólica malicia via VCI on Blu.

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DVD: Eye in the Labyrinth / L’occhio nel labirinto (1972)

DVD: Eye in the Labyrinth / L’occhio nel labirinto (1972)

March 20, 2018 | By

Film: Very Good Transfer: Very Good Extras: n/a Label:  Code Red / Unobstructed View Region: 1 (NTSC) Released:  December 19, 2017 Genre:  Giallo / Thriller Synopsis: A Nervous Nellie searches for her missing boyfriend / shrink at a strange hippy health clinic. Special Features:  Code Red Trailers.     Review: Reportedly never released in North America, Mario […]

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