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BR: Inserts (1975)

BR: Inserts (1975)

August 29, 2017 | By

According to Hollywood lore, former Sesame Street writer John Byrum used Inserts as a show-script, and perhaps due to the sales of his produced screenplays Have a Nice Weekend and Mahogany (both 1975), he snagged an opportunity to direct Inserts in Britain with a small but stellar cast…

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ArtScopeTO 03: Hanna Kostanski’s 20th Century Toronto: Intersections & Interactions

ArtScopeTO 03: Hanna Kostanski’s 20th Century Toronto: Intersections & Interactions

August 21, 2017 | By

ArtScopeTO Podcast interview with Hamilton-Toronto painter-photographer Hanna Kostanski, whose series 20th Century Toronto: Intersections & Interactions can be seen at The Urban Gallery.

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CanCon 101: The Filmplan International Comedy Trilogy

CanCon 101: The Filmplan International Comedy Trilogy

August 19, 2017 | By

Reviews of 3 forgotten / best forgotten? CanCon classiques produced by Filmplan International: The Funny Farm (1983) on Blu + DVD via Code Red, Gas (1983), and Dirty Tricks (1981). I may have saved 4.5 hours of your life.

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DVD: Funny Farm, The (1983)

DVD: Funny Farm, The (1983)

August 19, 2017 | By

Not to be confused in any way with the 1988 Chevy Chase film, this CanCon production predated the Tom Hanks drama Punchline (also 1988) in examining the world of standup comedy, albeit through the lenses of goofy glasses. The cast of comedians is perhaps a key reason the film managed to sneak its way to DVD via Code Red, treating it with affection…

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Film: Gas (1981)

Film: Gas (1981)

August 19, 2017 | By

When the second oil crisis hit North America after the Iranian Revolution and supply was taken down a notch, causing  prices at the pump stations to balloon, a few filmmakers exploited the paranoia. Americathon (1979) poked fun at a broken U.S. economy, while the CanCon cult film The Last Chase (1981)…

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Film: Dirty Tricks (1981)

Film: Dirty Tricks (1981)

August 19, 2017 | By

There may have been an earnest effort to successfully translate Thomas Gifford’s novel “The Glendower Legacy” to the big screen, but perhaps by being a classic CanCon tax shelter production, that earnestness was severely diluted, with the final product being a dismal attempt at wacky comedy and political commentary…

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Sam Fuller: Crimson Kimonos & Dead Pigeons

Sam Fuller: Crimson Kimonos & Dead Pigeons

August 10, 2017 | By

Two detective thrillers from very distinct periods in Sam Fuller’s career: The Crimson Kimono (1959) from Twilight Time on Blu + Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street (1972) from Olive Films on DVD & Blu.

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DVD: Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street / Tatort: Tote Taube in der Beethovenstraße (1973)

DVD: Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street / Tatort: Tote Taube in der Beethovenstraße (1973)

August 9, 2017 | By

Around 1970, German director Hans-Christoph Blumenberg had flown to Hollywood with a camera crew to interview Howard Hawks and John Ford, but lacking the right contacts, Sam Fuller interceded, enabling Blumenberg to get the material for the series which ran on TV that year…

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BR: Crimson Kimono, The (1959)

BR: Crimson Kimono, The (1959)

August 9, 2017 | By

During the 1950s Sam Fuller managed to put his stylistic and idiosyncratic imprimatur on pictures for the major studios, often in big gorgeous CinemaScope productions for Fox (Hell and High Water, the Japan-shot House of Bamboo), but the succession of almost yearly films became a trickle, ultimately forcing the writer-producer-director…

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Revisiting No Man’s Land (1987)

Revisiting No Man’s Land (1987)

August 9, 2017 | By

Review of No Man’s Land (1987), Peter Werner’s upper-B actioner, new on Blu from KL Studio Classics + links to vintage P.R. ephemera & the ridiculous bonus short ‘The Magic Beta Case’.

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