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Cat People

Here, kitty, kitty, kitty …


Horror

Rod Lott

Dripping with atmosphere as thick as gumbo, the New Orleans-centered Cat People of 1982 is the right way to remake a genuinely great film: Hold on to that central concept; dispense with most everything else.

 
Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Wolverine / Prisoners

Hugh times two.


Action

Rod Lott
The Wolverine is the X-Men spin-off we should have received four years ago with X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Like the franchise's characters, the first mutation is not necessarily the best; whereas the 2009 version sought to be a comic book, the 2013 error-correcting reboot aims higher: comic book art. 
 
Monday, December 30, 2013

Cassadaga

Year's worst title, but how's the movie?


Horror

Rod Lott
Cassadaga is better than its terrible title, but still an indie picture that's clearly out of whack. In a good way, it opens with a boy who so wants to be a girl, he employs scissors to achieve that goal. In a bad way, it then largely shoves all that business aside until the third act. 
 
Monday, December 30, 2013

The Horror Show

No 'Show.'


Horror

Rod Lott
Although the title does not let on, 1989's The Horror Show actually began life as House III, a misbegotten sequel to 1986's hit House. In the end, it doesn't matter, because The Horror Show is every bit as terrible as House II or House IV.
 
Friday, December 27, 2013

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

Unhung Hero

Does size matter?


Documentary

Rod Lott

First, watch this.

 
Thursday, December 19, 2013

Sanitarium

Commit yourself.


Horror

Rod Lott
It's official: We're living in a golden age of horror anthologies. True, the long-moribund subgenre isn't every fright fan's cup of tea, but those who like variety in one double-hour package have enjoyed a wealth of opportunities over the last few years and especially 2013.
 
Thursday, December 19, 2013

Getaway / Fast & Furious 6

Make vroom for only one of them.


Action

Rod Lott
Until now, Ethan Hawke was having a wonderful year. Before Midnight, the third leg of his trilogy with director Richard Linklater and actress Julie Delpy, brought waves of critical acclaim and talk of another Oscar nomination for their collaborative screenplay, while The Purge turned a meager investment into a highly profitable box-office take. 
 
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane / Mischief Night

They're off to good starts, then ...


Horror

Rod Lott
For movie watchers, few things can be more frustrating than films that begin with a sequence of immense promise, only to show over the remainder that the emperor truly wears no clothes. Two new examples come from the horror realm. 
 
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Saturn 3

Ring around the risible.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott

What's a director of classic musicals doing in science fiction? Making Saturn 3, one of the worst of the genre Hollywood made in the immediate post-Star Wars / Alien era. Stanley Donen (Singin' in the Rain) takes to it about as well as you'd expect; he's in over his head.

 
Monday, December 2, 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

The Seasoning House

The weak of heart will Balk.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Neither a chain of spice stores nor a Food Network program, The Seasoning House is a bleak-as-nuclear-winter thriller set during the Balkan conflict of the 1990s. A deaf girl named Angel (Brit teen Rosie Day) is taken from her home by soldiers who shoot her mother dead. 
 
Monday, December 2, 2013

We're the Millers

And you'll laugh lots.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Imagine if Vacation patriarch Clark W. Griswold dabbled in drugs, not food additives. That's essentially We're the Millers, a family-on-a-road-trip comedy about a fake family and fake road trip. At least the laughs are genuine, and plentiful.
 
Friday, November 22, 2013

Caesar and Otto's Deadly Xmas

Bah, humbug.


Comedy

Rod Lott
I plead guilty: My friends and I have goofed around with a camcorder before and made stupid movies, but we were smart enough to know that no one outside ourselves would think they were funny. If only the makers of Caesar and Otto's Deadly Xmas realized the same. 
 
Friday, November 22, 2013

Eve of Destruction

Aims for 'Terminator' territory.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Military marksman Col. Jim McQuade (Gregory Hines, Running Scared) is called into top-secret duty to neutralize a surveillance robot gone haywire in San Francisco. It won't be easy, because for one thing, the android is undetectable from a human. For another, it has a built-in nuclear bomb that will detonate upon imminent threat.
 
Friday, November 22, 2013
 
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