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Blind Date

Yippee-ki-hic!


Comedy

Rod Lott
Remove all the Billy Vera & the Beaters songs, and time has been pretty kind to 1987's Blind Date. Arguably the last good movie directed by Tulsa-born comedy legend Blake Edwards, it's new to Blu-ray, just shy of its (gulp) 30th anniversary.
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Banshee Chapter / You're Next

Not all horror is rote, kids!


Horror

Rod Lott
More than just a DVD with a cool cover, Banshee Chapter is a rarity among indie horror: It's actually about something. And it's also genuinely frightening.
 
Friday, January 31, 2014

The Postman Always Rings Twice

An argument against stamping out remakes.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Once upon a time — 1981, I believe — Jack Nicholson was considered a sex symbol and Jessica Lange, a joke. My, how times have changed, even if the film noir that put them together, The Postman Always Rings Twice, has not. The second screen telling of James M. Cain's potboiler novel, Postman finally has comes a-knockin' on Blu-ray.
 
Friday, January 31, 2014

The Conjuring / Insidious: Chapter 2

Scaring something in common.


Horror

Rod Lott
Modern horror's greatest hope, standing above found footage and teen-aimed remakes, is director James Wan. I first recognized the potential in 2007's Dead Silence, his underseen throwback follow-up to the breakthrough that was Saw, but 2010's Insidious made it official.
 
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Scorned

Hell hath ... aw, you know the rest.


Thriller

Rod Lott
For those who always have wanted to see Titanic cad Billy Zane have a lit cigar put out in his left ear, rejoice! Scorned is your movie.
 
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon

Short of clues.


Action

Rod Lott

Tsui Hark struck gold with 2010’s Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, marking a return to form for the Hong Kong director following several lackluster, effects-driven flops.

 
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

Badder equals better.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Strange as it sounds, come March 2, one of the films that stands a good chance of walking home with an Academy Award is Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. It’s one of three nominees in the category of makeup, but still, the recognition marks real progress for films that open with a senior citizen getting his junk caught in a vending machine.
 
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Black Water Vampire

Bites down hard.


Horror

Rod Lott

Two takeaways from The Black Water Vampire

1. I really like the cover logo. 

2. Holy crap, Blair Witch much?

 
Monday, January 20, 2014

Carrie / Dario Argento's Dracula 3D

Everything old is boo again.


Horror

Rod Lott
With Carrie, director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry) bravely steps up to the challenge of remaking Brian De Palma's 1976 horror classic — one of the genre's few to boast Academy Award nominations in major categories — but one senses even she knows her version will pale.
 
Monday, January 20, 2014

Die, Monster, Die!

Buy, viewer, buy!


Horror

Rod Lott

In Die, Monster, Die!, a decent H.P. Lovecraft adaptation from 1965, the repellent Reinhart (Nick Adams, Frankenstein Conquers the World) visits the secluded mansion of wacky, wheelchair-bound Witley (Boris Karloff, Targets), who has discovered something quite peculiar residing in his basement.

 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Rewind This!

Be kind, Rewind.


Documentary

Rod Lott

Anyone who recalls the days of loading up on VHS rentals at mom-and-pop video stores back in "The Day" will feel that joy return in a rush from Rewind This!, on DVD from, appropriately, the FilmBuff label. 

 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A Single Shot

A backwoods noir.


Thriller

Rod Lott
In the thriller A Single Shot, director David M. Rosenthal follows the path Sam Raimi set in the snow with 1998's A Simple Plan: one that leads blue-collar folk to misappropriated money and, ergo, evil deeds. File it under “When Bad Things Happen to Good Rednecks.”
 
Friday, January 10, 2014

Badges of Fury

Purely Expendable.


Action

Rod Lott
Stop me if you've heard this one before: A skydiver, a ballroom dancer and a professional diver all die in the middle of doing what they do best, and with a big, cheesy smile on their faces as they expire.
 
Friday, January 10, 2014

We Are What We Are

Tastes like chicken.


Horror

Rod Lott
While not an entirely successful remake of the 2010 Spanish-language film of the same name, We Are What We Are bears enough sweeping changes that it stands as its own thing. Both versions are worth watching.
 
Friday, January 10, 2014

The Big Gundown

A spaghetti feast


Western

Rod Lott
Italian-made yet America-set, The Big Gundown is the second spaghetti Western in a row I've seen in which a man is silenced by having a soapy shaving brush shoved into his mouth. For the record, the first was the recently re-released My Name Is Nobody, a 1973 film as fine as this 1966 one.
 
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
 
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