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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory: 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition

Come with me and you’ll see a world of pure imagination, now in hi-def!


Comedy

Rod Lott
One of my favorite movies as a child, 1971's "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" now has been blessed with a 40th-anniversary edition on Blu-ray and DVD. As a revisiting will prove, fond memories of it are not "just a kid thing." This is an absolute classic.
 
Thursday, November 3, 2011

Rio Sex Comedy

Unfortunately, it fails to deliver on that third word.


Comedy

Rod Lott
In its opening moments, "Rio Sex Comedy" is instantly endearing, with Fisher Stevens’ character practically passing out over the sight of nude natives, followed by They Might Be Giants' "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" driving the opening credits.
 
Thursday, November 3, 2011

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer / Monte Carlo / Rio

Doing Dad’s dirty work.


Comedy

Audrey Lott
Hi, my name is Audrey. I’m in sixth grade. My dad didn’t want to watch the movies “Rio,” “Monte Carlo” and “Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer,” so I am doing this review.
 
Friday, October 28, 2011

The Cannonball Run

It’s the Burt that hurts.


Comedy

Rod Lott
In my tween days, 1981’s “The Cannonball Run” played HBO so often, one would think the cable channel had been taken over by Dom DeLuise. My brothers and I watched it with seemingly every airing.
 
Friday, October 28, 2011

South of Heaven

Going 'South.’


Comedy

Rod Lott
You couldn't live through the mid-'90s without hitting a Quentin Tarantino wannabe: "2 Days in the Valley," "Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead," "Albino Alligator," "Love and a .45," "The Boondock Saints," "Killing Zoe," "Destiny Turns on the Radio." Gawd, weren't they great?
 
Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Traveling Executioner

What an odd jolt!


Comedy

Rod Lott
Between 1977's "The Squeeze" and now 1980's "The Traveling Executioner," Warner Archive singlehandedly is keeping alive the legend that was Stacy Keach: that before too many bad choices and one coke arrest derailed his career, the actor was quite the screen sensation.
 
Friday, October 14, 2011

Horrible Bosses

Next to them, unemployment looks attractive.


Comedy

Rod Lott
The Man — can't live with him, can't kill him. Right, folks?
 
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Last Circus

Send in the clowns.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Álex de la Iglesia, Spain's clown prince of cinema, making a movie about warring clowns? It's such a natural, I'm surprised he hadn't done it before now.
 
Monday, October 10, 2011

Elvira’s Haunted Hills

A big bust in more ways than one.


Comedy

Rod Lott
The self-proclaimed mistress of the dark’s second movie, 2001’s “Elvira’s Haunted Hills,” gets another DVD release in a “special enhanced edition,” and that wording should give you a clue as to the comedy’s wavelength of humor.
 
Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Trip

Eat flay laugh.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Like the food its stars sample, “The Trip” isn’t for everyone’s tastes. Those who appreciate a subtle brand of humor that’s all about the details — in other words, British — should try it.
 
Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Frankenhooker

Talk about weird science!


Comedy

Rod Lott
Frank Henenlotter's "Basket Case" sequels, while certainly tongue-in-cheek, had little in the way of actual jokes to support their lighthearted tone. His "Frankenhooker" has no such problem. (It has the distinction of being the film that nearly got me fired from my college stint at Blockbuster Video, but that’s another story, long and unimportant.)
 
Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway

The secret word is 'fun.'


Comedy

Rod Lott
I must admit to being just a little disappointed in Paul Reubens' triumphant return as Pee-wee Herman — and on the Great White Way, no less — because I felt as if I had seen it before. In a way, I have, because this hit stage show resurrects many of the same skits and bits from where many of us got our first taste of Pee-wee: his 1981 stage show, which aired on HBO.
 
Monday, October 3, 2011

The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman

I don’t know what I just had, but it was delicious.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Cock! Snake! Pig!
 
Thursday, September 29, 2011

Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Suicide and depression make for funny business in this one-woman show.


Comedy

Larry Laneer
A motion-picture version of Kristina Wong’s one-woman stage show “Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” has been released, and it proves one thing: She’s no Ken Kesey. Thank goodness.
 
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Scary Movie 2 / Scary Movie 3

Still as funny, which is to say kinda.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Trekkers and critics share the theory that every other "Star Trek" film — the even-numbered ones — are the better entries of the franchise. I think the same applies to the "Scary Movie" group.
 
Thursday, September 22, 2011
 
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