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Hookers, Vice Squads, and Prettykills: the Sensationalized vs. the Gritty

Hookers, Vice Squads, and Prettykills: the Sensationalized vs. the Gritty

October 30, 2017 | By

A quartet of films with differing tales of prostitutes & vice squads: Janice Cole & Holly Dale’s Hookers on Davie (1984), Gary Sherman’s uber-nasty Vice Squad (1982), Penelope Spheeris’s Hollywood Vice Squad (1986), and George Kaczender’s Prettykill / Tomorrow’s Killer (1987).

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DVD: Hookers on Davie / Working on Davie Street (1984)

DVD: Hookers on Davie / Working on Davie Street (1984)

October 30, 2017 | By

During the early 1980s, Janice Cole and Holly Dale directed a pivotal documentary on prostitution in Canada, with their gritty 16mm camera trained on Vancouver’s Davie Street, branded in the film’s prologue as “the prostitution capitol of Canada”…

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DVD: Vice Squad (1982)

DVD: Vice Squad (1982)

October 30, 2017 | By

Gary Sherman’s gritty take on Los Angeles’ vice squad and the rotten lives of prostitutes divided critics but proved successful at the box office, and although it’s easy to brand the film as sadistic exploitive drive-in fodder, it’s also one of his best films, benefiting from a solid cast of then relative unknowns, and gorgeous cinematography by the great John Alcott…

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DVD: Hollywood Vice Squad (1986)

DVD: Hollywood Vice Squad (1986)

October 30, 2017 | By

After the success of Vice Squad (1983), executive produce / prolific schlockmeister Sandy Howard figured a lighter redo of Gary Sherman’s nasty, grungy drama was worth a try, maybe fashioning a new script that could be spun off into a theatrical franchise or TV series…

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Film: Prettykill / Tomorrow’s Killer (1987)

Film: Prettykill / Tomorrow’s Killer (1987)

October 30, 2017 | By

After the launch of Pay TV stations in the U.S. and soon after Canada, the 1980s became cluttered with direct to video and straight to cable films, most being highly disposable productions designed to fill a time slot and video rental rack than stand out among the crowd…

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Goblin Talks Suspiria at The Royal Cinema + Free Streaming of BSV 1172: Your Friendly Neighbourhood Video Store

Goblin Talks Suspiria at The Royal Cinema + Free Streaming of BSV 1172: Your Friendly Neighbourhood Video Store

October 20, 2017 | By

Podcast featuring edited post-Suspiria 4K Q&A with Goblin and Rue Morgue’s Aaron von Luption + Free Screener links to my experimental doc BSV 1172 in celebration of Video Store Day.

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Dunking the Audiences: CinemaScope vs. 3D

Dunking the Audiences: CinemaScope vs. 3D

October 18, 2017 | By

1953 was a year in which two rival formats duked it out in cinemas: 3D via Gun Fury, and ‘glasses free’ CinemaScope via Beneath the 12-Mile Reef, both on Blu via Twilight Time. Also covered is Night People (1954), another early ‘scope production, on Blu via KL Studio Classics / Unobstructed View.

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BR: Gun Fury (1953)

BR: Gun Fury (1953)

October 18, 2017 | By

Between 1953-1954, Columbia’s foray into 3D spanned 8 films, with some productions benefitting from a mix of strong direction, scripts, casts, and 3D cinematography, but Gun Fury demonstrates the pitfalls of working with variable elements, and a team unable to fully grasp the demands of 3D…

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BR: Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1952)

BR: Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1952)

October 18, 2017 | By

Fox’s 3rd CinemaScope film is a visual stunner – more beautiful than the format’s debut with The Robe and the portraiture that dominated How to Marry a Millionaire – plus it’s a perfect cast, written, and produced work of romance and escapism set in Key West’s Greek community…

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BR: Night People (1954)

BR: Night People (1954)

October 18, 2017 | By

After years as an experienced writer-producer at Twentieth Century-Fox, screenwriter Nunnally Johnson made his first film as director with this virginal Cold War espionage thriller set in postwar Berlin…

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