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Son of Morning

Son of a ...


Comedy

Rod Lott
“Son of Morning” is so poorly executed, it did not deserve to see the light of day. Its opening scenes of quirkiness are endearing until its story dawns.
 
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Henry's Crime

The movie's crime: being dreadfully dull.


Comedy

Rod Lott
For the first moments of "Henry's Crime," the Henry of the title (Keanu Reeves) mans a lonely tollbooth, where the sign outside his window reads, "Wait for ticket and change." It's meant as an instruction to highway patrons, but very well could double as a description of his life.
 
Monday, September 12, 2011

Hesher / Just Peck

Grow up, you two!


Comedy

Rod Lott
Two new movies tackle the coming-of-age dramedy in entirely different ways, yet neither succeeds in being particularly moving or reaching its goals, despite some strong moments. Meet "Hesher," which earned a theatrical release, and "Just Peck," which didn't.
 
Monday, September 12, 2011

Norwegian Ninja

Norway's finest export since oil and gas.


Comedy

Rod Lott
If the Oscars were cool, we'd be seeing "Norwegian Ninja" up for Best Foreign Language Film. We won't, but it may be the most creative movie I'll see all year, and that's got to count for something.
 
Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Gazebo

Glenn Ford and Debbie Reynolds give this crime comedy a firm foundation.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Alfred Hitchcock's meaty fingerprints are all over 1959's "The Gazebo," even if he didn't have anything to do with it. Hitch is repeatedly name-checked  and supposedly is on the other end of a phone conversation with the protagonist; the black comedy is in the style of "The Trouble with Harry"; and it's co-written by Hitch vet Alec Coppel, who most notably helped pen "Vertigo."
 
Monday, August 29, 2011

Love Wedding Marriage

Mandy Moore deserves better than this rom-com.


Comedy

Rod Lott
In a better world, the beautiful and talented Mandy Moore would be a huge movie star, rather than the marginal one she is. With little exception (“Saved!”), she’s cast in projects beneath her talent. “Love Wedding Marriage” is the latest.
 
Monday, August 29, 2011

Where the Boys Are / Looking for Love / Follow the Boys

Get your RDA of Connie Francis.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Once upon a time, pop singer Connie Francis was among Hollywood's biggest stars, even if acting wasn't even something she wanted to do (and, one could argue, never did). Some of her biggest hits — visual, not aural — finally have hit DVD from Warner Archive.
 
Friday, August 19, 2011

The Last Godfather

Fuggedaboutit. No, really: Fuggedaboutit.


Comedy

Rod Lott
According to the IMDb, Hyung-rae Shim is one of South Korea's most beloved comedians. After seeing "The Last Godfather," for which he serves as the writer/director/star, we'll agree to disagree.
 
Monday, August 8, 2011

Dylan Dog: Dead of Night

Emphasis on the second word of the title


Comedy

Rod Lott
Based on an extremely popular (in its native Italy, at least) comic, "Dylan Dog: Dead of Night" gives one-time Superman Brandon Routh another shot at heading a four-color franchise.
 
Monday, August 1, 2011

Super

Finally, truth in titling!


Comedy

Rod Lott
Although "Super" was beaten to the gate by "Kick-Ass" and "Defendor," it's the darkest and best comedy centered on an ordinary guy driven to dressing in a costume in a half-assed attempt to conquer crime as a would-be superhero.
 
Monday, August 1, 2011

The Puppet Monster Massacre

Let your funny bone be strung along.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Like Peter Jackson’s “Meet the Feebles” grafted Frankenstein-style onto William Castle’s “House on Haunted Hill,” writer/director Dustin Mills’ ingenious “The Puppet Monster Massacre” deserves to stand alongside Trey Parker’s “Team America: World Police” as a gleefully profane, puppets-only movie that’s more than mere gimmick.
 
Monday, August 1, 2011

Your Highness

It's a royal mess.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Your enjoyment of "Your Highness" hinges upon whether the sight of a disembodied minotaur penis hanging around a man's necklace qualifies as a laugh riot. Hey, I'm all for outrageousness and gross-outs in comedy, but here's the key to making it work: That can't be all you have to offer.
 
Monday, August 1, 2011

Brother's Justice

Hey, Dax not funny


Comedy

Rod Lott
I know people who would love to see Dax Shepard give up comedy. (They're the kind who would say, "Did he ever start? Hi-ohhh!")
 
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Arthur

When you get caught between the moon and New York City, you're screwed.


Comedy

Rod Lott
If there's one good thing in the failed remake of "Arthur," it's that Hollywood can stop trying to make a leading man out of Russell Brand and move on to someone else.
 
Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Zonad

Take me to your leader — no rush.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Just a few years ago, writer/director John Carney had one of the three finest films of the year with his resplendent, soul-touching, eventual Oscar-winning “Once.” He’s in no such danger with his follow-up project, “Zonad.”
 
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
 
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