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This Is the End

If only that were true.


Comedy

Louis Fowler
This Is the End is the cinematic equivalent of being stuck in a living room with a group of High Times subscribers who have plenty of money to burn and plenty of fart jokes to release. Yes, there is a twist to it all, but it seems more like an afterthought than an actual plot point.
 
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Corruption

Grand Moff Tarkin does Grand Guignol.


Thriller

Rod Lott
During my summer vacation, I read the new book Offbeat: British Cinema's Curiosities, Obscurities and Forgotten Gems. It's the kind of volume I have to keep paper and pen next to me while reading, because I come across a lot of titles I must see, however difficult and rare. 
 
Tuesday, October 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

Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th

The men and women behind the mask.


Documentary

Rod Lott
How appropriate that a history of the Friday the 13th fits into a snug 13 chapters on Blu-ray and DVD. It makes me wonder if its running time of 6.66 hours also were intentional. 
 
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Sex Kittens Go to College

And I want a scholarship!


Comedy

Rod Lott

Everything you need to know about Sex Kittens Go to College before watching Sex Kittens Go to College

 
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

Europa Report

Almost out-of-this-world.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
As hinted by the title, Europa Report is built upon faux found footage — this time of the Europa One deep-space expedition, in which astronauts were sent to a moon of Jupiter to drill through its ice and see what's what. We know that "what" will mean their doom. 
 
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

House of Wax

The Price of excellence.


Horror

Rod Lott
The first 3-D movie I ever saw was 1953's House of Wax, but in a revival run in the early 1980s. My uncle took me and my brothers to it one night at Northpark Mall, and I recall him having to tie the big glasses on my youngest brother's small head with shoelaces. 
 
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Amityville Horror Trilogy

"For God's sake, get it!"


Horror

Rod Lott
Although entries in the Amityville Horror franchise now number 11, the movies stopped playing theaters after the third go-round, with the exception of 2005's needless remake. The first three films were collected on an MGM DVD boxed set to coincide with that remake, but in carrying over those extras and adding many more of its own, Shout! Factory's new package proves more definitive. Plus, it's on Blu-ray.
 
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

V/H/S/2

Rewind of the living dead.


Horror

Rod Lott

I get why last year's found-footage anthology, V/H/S, proved so divisive to horror audiences. I don't agree with it, but hey, it makes my job reviewing the sequel so much easier: If you liked V/H/S, just press play on V/H/S/2; if you didn't, don't even start.

 
Monday, September 23, 2013

Psycho II / Psycho III / Bates Motel

We all still go a little made sometimes for Norman.


Horror

Rod Lott
Let's all acknowledge something right away: No matter who was involved creatively, no follow-up ever was going to match the greatness of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. When a film proves as revolutionary as that 1960 shocker was, the bar is set impossibly high.
 
Monday, September 23, 2013

Prince of Darkness / Halloween: 35th Anniversary Edition

For horror, Carpenter build 'em best.


Horror

Rod Lott
So in John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness, a priest (Donald Pleasence, Halloween) calls up a professor (Victor Wong, Big Trouble in Little China) and says, "Hey, I've got this 2,000-year-old jar in the basement of this Catholic church downtown. Get this: It has the devil inside! Whaddaya say you round up some physics students to spend the weekend here and see if they can't figure out whassup?"
 
Monday, September 23, 2013
 
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