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The Monk

I vow that it’s a gem.


Thriller

Rod Lott
For several years, I’ve intended to read Matthew G. Lewis' 1796 novel, The Monk. I even bought a snazzy trade-paperback edition with an introduction from Stephen King. Never got around to cracking it open.
 
Thursday, June 20, 2013

Terror on a Train

Choo-choo-choose something else.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Not to be confused with the ’80s slasher Terror Train — but, oh, how I wish it were! — 1952's Terror on a Train finds Glenn Ford (Superman: The Movie's Pa Kent) as Peter Lyncort, a bomb diffuser whose home life with his spouse (French actress Anne Vernon) is currently as explosive as his work life.
 
Thursday, June 20, 2013

The ABCs of Death

A is for “absolutely insane.”


Horror

Rod Lott
Suspense novelist Jeffery Deaver once praised the short-story format, writing that the minimal time investment on the part of the reader allows the writer to get away with endings he or she cannot in the long form. In other words, the writer can be meaner, more devious. He's absolutely right, and the theory applies wholesale to The ABCs of Death, more or less a horror anthology depicting "26 ways to die."
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Last Exorcism Part II

What possessed them?


Horror

Rod Lott
Unlike many moviegoers, 17-year-old farm girl Nell Sweetzer (Ashley Bell, The Day) has no memory of the events of The Last Exorcism, a found-footage smash of three years prior. The Last Exorcism Part II finds her taking steps to build life anew, beginning in a boarding house for troubled girls, where the deeply devout Nell is exposed to such heretofore corrupting influences as lipstick and rock music and YouTube and cotton candy.
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Lifeforce

The best nekkid-space-vampire movie ever made.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Tobe Hooper got a raw deal. The director of horror hits The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Poltergeist didn't deserve to be sent to movie jail for 1985's Lifeforce. It's a well-crafted, well-intentioned work that was mismarketed and misunderstood, losing a bundle of money and soon sending Hooper into the lands of episodic television and direct-to-video features.
 
Friday, June 14, 2013

Ninja III: The Domination

I give it four (throwing) stars!


Action

Rod Lott
Don't ask why Ninja III: The Domination begins with a ninja assault on a municipal golf course. Just be grateful it does. You also may wonder why its sex scene employs a can of V8: Don't question it. Just lie back and enjoy it.
 
Friday, June 14, 2013

The Philadelphia Experiment

‘Experiment’ failed.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
There's a theory about remakes that perhaps Hollywood should stop remaking good movies and instead remake the bad ones, so that they may be improved. The problem with that theory is one runs the risk of the remake being bad, too. Case in point: The Philadelphia Experiment.
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

National Lampoon's Vacation: 30th Anniversary Edition

A comedy classic turns 30; moose outside shoulda told ya.


Comedy

Rod Lott
I found out long ago it's a long way down the Holiday Road — three decades, to be precise. I forever hold an extra-special affinity for 1983's National Lampoon's Vacation, not just because it's a modern comedy classic, but because it was the first R-rated movie I got to see in theaters; I was 12. (Thank you, Janice Haunschild, for convincing my mom she had nothing to worry about.)
 
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

... and they kicked ass happily ever after.


Action

Rod Lott
A few surprising things about Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters:
• It comes from MTV Films,
• is produced by Will Ferrell,
• and is as fun as its title is dumb.
 
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Dead Souls

You don’t want ‘Soul’ custody.


Horror

Rod Lott
With Dead Souls, we can prove something about the Chiller cable network's original features that Remains could not: Source material is not to blame for their pervasive generic nature — it's the economy, stupid.
 
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Cruising

To some people I know, this would be William Friedkin’s most frightening film.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Long out-of-print, William Friedkin’s Cruising is back on DVD, perhaps to coincide with the director’s new memoir, in which he spends many pages bemoaning the incredible amount of controversy his cop thriller generated upon an unsuccessful theatrical release in 1980.
 
Sunday, June 9, 2013

Mad Max Trilogy

From the days when one could root for Mel Gibson.


Action

Rod Lott
Prior to Lethal Weapon, Mel Gibson was best-known as the hero of a postapocalyptic Down Under in 1979’s Mad Max, 1981’s The Road Warrior and 1985’s Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Blu-rays of each come housed in one of those unnecessary tins via Warner Home Video's new Trilogy set.
 
Saturday, June 8, 2013

Snitch

The Rock’s roll continues.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Now that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has had three back-to-back hits this season in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Pain & Gain and, of course, Fast & Furious 6, it's time to catch up with the one film of his this year audiences ignored: Snitch.
 
Friday, June 7, 2013

Fred Won’t Move Out

An exploration of a man of constant sorrow.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
Old age, a spouse suffering with dementia, grown children in the position of caring for their parents — these are tough, complicated themes in Fred Won’t Move Out, new to DVD next week.
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013

This Girl Is Badass

This movie is not.


Action

Rod Lott
In the case of This Girl Is Badass, the young woman in question is bike messenger Jukkalan (Jeeja Yanin, Chocolate). Indeed, she is.
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
 
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