Category Archives: Saturday Matinee

Saturday Matinee: The Brotherhood of the Bell

The Brotherhood of the Bell is a 1970 made-for-television movie produced by Cinema Center 100 Productions and starring Glenn Ford. The director Paul Wendkos was nominated in 1971 by the Directors Guild of America for outstanding directorial achievement in television. … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: Kim Dotcom – Caught in the Web

The larger-than-life story of Kim Dotcom, the “most wanted man online”, is extraordinary enough, but the battle between Dotcom and the US Government and entertainment industry, being fought in New Zealand, is one that goes to the heart of ownership, … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: Land of the Blind

“Land of the Blind” (2006) is a British-American political satire directed by Robert Edwards and starring Ralph Fiennes, Donald Sutherland, Tom Hollander and Lara Flynn Boyle. The story is set in an unnamed place and time where an idealistic soldier … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: Rare Exports

“Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale” (2010) is a Finnish holiday horror satire written and directed by Jalmari Helander. Combining Santa folklore with “The Thing”, the film explore the dark side of Christmas through the eyes of  Pieteri, a kid who discovers … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: The Loved One

“The Loved One” (1965) is a satire directed by Tony Richardson with a screenplay by Terry Southern and Christopher Isherwood based on a novel by Evelyn Waugh. The plot centers on the journey of young English expat Dennis (Robert Morse) … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: The Filth and the Fury

“The Filth and the Fury” (2000) is the definitive documentary about the punk group “The Sex Pistols” directed by Julian Temple, who directed a previous film featuring the Sex Pistols called The Great Rock and Roll Swindle (1979). While Swindle … Continue reading

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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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