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The Swimmer

Lap up this Lancaster obscurity.


Drama

Rod Lott
What's an old-school Hollywood legend like Burt Lancaster doing on a label like Grindhouse Releasing? After viewing The Swimmer, I still don't know. As odd as the 1968 obscurity is, it's still too classy to be caught dead in a grindhouse theater. What matters ultimately is that it's on Blu-ray at all.
 
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Snake God


Drama

Rod Lott
I love the Mondo Macabro label, but with its last three releases, it seems to have only one thing on its mind: spelled S-E-X. There was Countess Perverse, then How to Seduce a Virgin and now 1970's The Snake God.
 
Friday, December 27, 2013

The Canyons

True to its title, the film is a void.


Drama

Rod Lott
Paul Schrader’s The Canyons opens and closes with a montage of abandoned movie theaters. For this film in particular, that choice strikes one as symbolic in several ways: not only as a comment on the state of the industry, but on the state of The Canyons itself. You’re unlikely to find many 2013 films this empty.
 
Monday, December 2, 2013

Samson & Delilah

Down and out in Down Under.


Drama

Rod Lott
Samson & Delilah portrays a community so minute, so insular and so far removed from ours, it may as well be science fiction. Neither a documentary nor a remake of Cecil B. DeMille’s 1949 biblical epic, this Cannes Film Festival honoree depicts the dull, dreary life among dwellers of the Central Australian desert.
 
Friday, November 15, 2013

Lovelace

Only skin 'Deep.'


Drama

Rod Lott
In telling the story of X-rated superstar Linda Lovelace, the biopic Lovelace poses an interesting structure. Its first half makes her brief pornographic life seem like it's all bells and fireworks; only after 45 minutes pass do co-directors Rob Epstein and Jeffery Friedman go back to fill in details conveniently glossed over, casting a rather ominous veil over what we've already seen.
 
Friday, November 8, 2013

How to Seduce a Virgin

Not an instructional video — sorry, kiddos.


Drama

Rod Lott
One need not wait long for the really weird to rear its head in a Jess Franco flick. In the case of 1974's How to Seduce a Virgin, it's all of four minutes, when Martine flashes back to that time she cut off her lover's manhood with a straight razor — y'know, the good ol' days. 
 
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Redemption

And we're not talking coupons.


Drama

Rod Lott
It just figures that as soon as Jason Statham was given the opportunity to act — really, truly act — the picture would be denied a wide theatrical release. Such is the case with the Expendable Transporter's new-to-Blu Redemption, deserving of the full audience his more mainstream work usually gets.
 
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Behind the Candelabra

It tickles the ivories.


Drama

Rod Lott

Michael Douglas deserved the Emmy he won earlier this week for Behind the Candelabra. For one thing, while watching him play Liberace, I forgot I was watching him play Liberace. 

 
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Kings of Summer

A well-seasoned dramedy.


Drama

Rod Lott
Tired of rules and overbearing parents, best buds Joe (Nick Robinson, TV's Melissa & Joey) and Patrick (Gabriel Basso, Super 8) decide they aren't going to take it anymore. Thus, The Kings of Summer run away from home and build one of their own from scrap material, deep into the woods where their folks cannot find them. 
 
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

In the House

Sit, please! And stay a while.


Drama

Rod Lott
Pay no mind to the bland prepositional phrase serving as the title for In the House; the film by celebrated French writer/director François Ozon is built with plenty of layers.
 
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Bling Ring

Kids do the darndest things.


Drama

Rod Lott

Even my children's worst moments are still above the best moments of the snotty, self-absorbed, home-schooled brats of The Bling Ring, Oscar winner Sofia Coppola's follow-up to 2010's snooze-worthy Somewhere.

 
Tuesday, September 17, 2013

An American Hippie in Israel

Psyche-dull-ic.


Drama

Rod Lott

If you don't already hate hippies, An American Hippie in Israel just might shove you into that corner. The 1972 oddity by first- and last-time filmmaker Amos Sefer is as odd as it is unsubtle; this is a film that runs its lone point into the ground with the weight of … well, the steamroller that flattens the flowers in the opening credits. Get it?

 
Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Accursed

Not quite as bad as its title would suggest.


Drama

Rod Lott
No sooner has an annual meeting of war pals began that host Col. Price (Donald Wolfit, Lawrence of Arabia) announces to the gathered guests, all men but one, that a traitor lurks among them. He suspected as much, but having one friend show up with a knife in his back, literally, sealed the deal. Whoever is to blame most certainly is … wait for it … The Accursed!
 
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Blancanieves

Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it’s off to the arthouse we go.


Drama

Rod Lott

Once upon a time, the idea of a film being silent, foreign and — steee-rike three! — black and white equated to box-office poison. Then 2011’s The Artist won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture; earned $133 million worldwide; and lived happily ever after.

 
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Iceman

Just chill.


Drama

Rod Lott

By now, playing the nice guy with a dark side must be old hat to Michael Shannon, to the point of typecasting. Think of Take Shelter. Think of HBO's Boardwalk Empire. That's how you'll think of The Iceman.

 
Friday, August 23, 2013
 
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