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The Steel Trap

Bank on it!


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Rod Lott
Not to be confused with 2007’s Steel Trap, 1952’s The Steel Trap is an obscure slice of semi-noir in a Leave It to Beaver world. That’s exactly why I liked it, and it’s made an overdue DVD debut courtesy of Warner Archive, which probably still has vaults overflowing with this sort of stuff.
 
Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Rabies

Catch it.


Thriller

Rod Lott
The less you know about "Rabies," the better. Don't be misled by the title, which suggests some sort of viral thriller along the lines of "Contagion." However, the movie is so clever, so twisty-turvy, you may foam at the mouth in satisfaction.
 
Monday, February 20, 2012

Mad Detective

Lend your eyes to this unconventional Asian police thriller, but keep your ears.


Thriller

Rod Lott
A slaughtered pig hangs in the middle of a room, at which Inspector Bun (Lau Ching Wan, “Black Mask”) stabs. Then he zips himself up in a suitcase and asks a colleague to push him down a stairwell. Then he cuts off his own ear as a going-away present for his boss.
 
Friday, February 17, 2012

Point Blank

Yet another French thriller arrives perfectly on-target.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Not since 2006’s “Tell No One” has a foreign-born thriller overtaken my pulse as handily as Fred Cavayé’s “Point Blank.” Both hail from France. Neither is a hunk of fromage. In fact, they put American thrillers to shame.
 
Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Texas Killing Fields

Don’t mess with ‘Texas,’ a crime story whose limited release is criminal.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Great crime movies run in the family.
 
Friday, January 20, 2012

Julia’s Eyes

Jeepers creepers, where’d you get those peepers?


Thriller

Rod Lott
Once more, the films Guillermo del Toro chooses to produce, I find more interesting than the ones he chooses to direct.
 
Thursday, January 19, 2012

Don’t Let Him In

Don't!


Thriller

Rod Lott
One of the many joys of “Grindhouse” was Edgar Wright’s fake trailer for “Don’t,” which  hilariously poked fun at the thrillers and frighteners of the 1970s whose titles warned viewers not to go somewhere or do something: “Don’t Open Till Christmas,” “Don’t Go in the Basement,” “Don’t Look in the Attic,” etc.
 
Thursday, January 19, 2012

Sinners and Saints

Let he who is without 'Sin' watch something better.


Thriller

Rod Lott
New Orleans is known for its cuisine: shrimp creole, crawfish étouffée, jambalaya, blackened corpse. That last one may just be for the purposes of the crime drama "Sinners And Saints."
 
Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Contagion

Catch it.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Director Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion" is a super-smart speculative thriller that isn't quite what you'd expect. The trailer kind of telegraphs as much by killing off Gwyneth Paltrow.
 
Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Hunters / Removal

Remove these two from your sights.


Thriller

Rod Lott
First things first: Please watch this trailer:
 
Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Catch .44

A rehashed slice of ‘Pulp Fiction.’


Thriller

Rod Lott
Whip cracks, cowboy hats and all, "Catch .44" is a crime film with a strong Western flavor, but Quentin Tarantino informs the proceedings more than anything else.
 
Monday, December 12, 2011

Blue Velvet

Pabst! Blue! Ribbon!


Thriller

Rod Lott
David Lynch bounced back from the big-scale disaster of 1984's "Dune" by going back to what he knows best: darker-than-ink perversity.
 
Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Nickel Ride / 99 and 44/100% Dead

If I had a ‘Nickel’ for every great scene, I’d have about 35 cents.


Thriller

Rod Lott
For a release marked "Action Double Feature," this Shout! Factory disc sure lacks, well, action. "Crime Double Feature" would be far more apt. However, it wouldn't make the movies any better.
 
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Kidnapped

A home-invasion flick better left locked up.


Thriller

Rod Lott
There's a scene in "Kidnapped" in which our protagonist wakes up to find his hands tied and his head wrapped in a plastic bag. In which he stumbles blindly to the road, only to get hit by a car. In which the driver lets him use a cell phone to call his family to warn them of the approaching kidnappers. In which his daughter tells him they've already arrived, and "shot Mom."
 
Monday, November 21, 2011

Night Watch

Liz goes loopy.


Thriller

Rod Lott
It's fitting that a movie about being haunted by the ghost of a former spouse stars the woman who did more to destroy the so-called "sanctity of marriage" than Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor.
 
Friday, November 18, 2011
 
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