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  • Hardboiled Frank Sinatra: Tony Rome (1967) + Lady in Cement (1968) September 28, 2016
    Reviews of Frank Sinatra's film versions of Marvin H. Albert's hardboiled detective, Tony Rome (1967) + Lady in Cement (1968), new on Blu from Twilight Time.
  • BR: Tony Rome (1967) September 28, 2016
    Between 1965-1970, Frank Sinatra appeared in 10 films, moving from comedies, thrillers, and war films, ultimately settling on the detective genre which resulted in a tight cluster of Tony Rome (1967), The Detective (1968), and Lady in Cement (1968), and although he would also star in two more genre efforts...
  • BR: Lady in Cement (1968) September 28, 2016
    Frank Sinatra’s follow-up to Tony Rome has him reprising the titular character in the same Miami environment, but with a less traditional detective plot in spite of author Marvin H. Albert taking a crack at adapting his novel, with prolific TV scribe Jack Gus...

RSS Latest Podcasts

  • --- Interview with film composer Nima Fakhrara (2016) July 14, 2016
    In my latest conversation with Iranian-American composer Nima Fakhrara, we touch upon some of the organic experimentation that gives his recent horror score The Girl in the Photographs its eerie tenor, and the fusion of Persian and vintage electronic sounds for 1979 Revolution: Black Friday (of which both soundtrack albums are available digitally and on CD f
  • --- The Mask (1961) + The Canadian Horror Film: Terror of the Soul book launch (2015) May 16, 2016
      This partial Editor's Blog features edited excerpts from the pre-screening intros of Julian Roffman's The Mask (1961), Canada's first feature-length 3D and horror film, screened in 2012 and 2015 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. The 2012 extract focuses on the fragile state of a rare 35mm  print and the 3D process, while the 2015 extract covers bot

RSS Recent Films + Making-Of Blogs

  • FOR-A VTW-400 Video Typewriter – non-functional September 15, 2016
    The following FOR-A character generator does power on, with the green front panel light illuminated. There’s a beep upon boot-up, fan works, and power is going to each of 4 circuit boards (of which 2 have red lights), but no video signal emerges. Upon boot-up, unit is supposed to display one of 5 messages via Video and Line Out on its internal condition, but
  • The Mask (1961) Visual Podcast HD Excerpts + Related Links May 16, 2016
    As I stated in the Editor’s Blog at, I felt the two pre-screening intros excerpted in the podcast that accompanies the review of KINO’s The Mask (1961) 3D Blu-ray and DVD needed a bit of oomph, and the fact Julian Roffman’s film was in anaglyph 3D gave me an excuse to draft up some trippy supporting images for the visual podcast on’s YouTub
  • Scanners (1981) Visual Podcast HD Excerpts + Related Links May 2, 2016
    Tied to a post-Scanners screening and Q&A between actor Stephen Lack and NOW Magazine's Norman Wilner are a trio of bonus media links: a visual podcast version of the Q&A; HD excerpts on Vimeo and YouTube featuring images stemming from a vintage oscilloscope; and a shorty-short featurette showing the loading / playing / ejecting of a RCA CED vid