Category Archives: Saturday Matinee

Saturday Matinee: Soldier/Demon With a Glass Hand

“Soldier” and “Demon With a Glass Hand” (both 1964) are two classic Outer Limits episodes with screenplays by science fiction author Harlan Ellison. Both take place in the shared universe of the Earth-Kyba War, a backdrop Ellison also used for … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: The Twilight Samurai

“The Twilight Samurai” (aka Tasogare Seibei たそがれ清兵衛, 2002), is a realist Samurai drama co-written and directed by Yoji Yamada set in mid-19th century Japan. It stars Hiroyuki Sanada as Seibei, a low-ranking samurai widower struggling to support his daughters and dementia-afflicted … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: An Open Secret

“An Open Secret” (2014) is a documentary film about Hollywood child sexual abuse directed by Amy Berg (Deliver Us From Evil). The film features interviews with victimized performers, who were targeted when they were young boys (including Corey Feldman and … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: The People Under the Stairs

“The People Under the Stairs” (1991) is one of most overt and subversive social critiques in horror film format from the late great Wes Craven. The film’s plot, which also serves as a parable for America’s racial/class divide, focuses on … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: Night Tide

By Steve Johnson Source: Bright Lights The first shot proper in Curtis Harrington’s 1961 feature film debut, Night Tide, situates main character Johnny Drake leaning over a pier in his sailor gear, slightly off-angle, so we understand that there’s something … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: Blade Runner Black Out 2022

In 2022, an EMP detonation has caused a global blackout that has massive, destructive implications all over the world. Directed by Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo’s Shinichiro Watanabe, Blade Runner Black Out 2022 is a new animated short which serves … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: Americathon

“Americathon” (1978) is, like Idiocracy, a dystopian comedy with prophetic predictions such as the fall of the USSR, privatization of public assets, smoking being banned, masses of homeless people living in cars, and the dominance of reality TV, but set … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: A Short Vision

The Night Ed Sullivan Scared a Nation with the Apocalyptic Animated Short, A Short Vision (1956) Source: Open Culture On May 27, 1956, millions of Americans tuned in to The Ed Sullivan Show, expecting the usual variety of comedians, talents … Continue reading

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