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No Holds Barred

Lord, 'No.'


Action

Rod Lott
RLJ Entertainment's new Blu-ray for No Holds Barred begins with what seems like dozens of trailers for movies starring pro wrestlers from the WWE talent pool. Each flick went direct to home video, but once upon a time — aka 1989 — one had to go to the multiplex to catch such a spectacle.
 
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Holy Ghost People

Give 'Ghost' a chance.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Holy Ghost People examines two sisters whose bond is torn — but by what? After her sibling has been missing for more than a year, Charlotte (Emma Greenwell, TV's Shameless) intends to find out.
 
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Iron Sky: Director's Cut

The empire Reichs back ... again!


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
It's 2018, and a U.S. president who looks uncannily like Sarah Palin sends a black man to the moon in a bid for re-election. The American lunar module lands on the dark side of the moon — you know, where the Transformers live — and finds an enormous Nazi outpost that's been there since Hitler's plan for world domination failed. 
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Confession of Murder

It's pretty good, your honor.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Seventeen years after slaying 10 women and getting away with it, the charismatic serial killer Du-sok (Park Si-hoo) comes clean with a Confession of Murder, in this 2012 South Korean crime thriller. He does so by publishing a book that dishes all the grisly details.
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Switched on

TV gets weird.


Television series

Rod Lott
Not everything on television has to appeal to mass audiences. In fact, with the further fractioning of viewership thanks to alternatives like Netflix and VOD, more series can afford to become more niche. Here are five examples of shows both past and present — and new to DVD and/or Blu-ray — that encompass some of the more outrageous ideas ever to go beyond boardroom discussion.
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Knights of Badassdom

There's a chink in this armor.


Comedy

Rod Lott
In 2008, the third act of the guy comedy Role Models used LARPing — live-action role-playing, that is — as a backdrop for our protagonists' lessons learned. Today, Knights of Badassdom extends that half-hour into a full feature, to the point where viewers are left not smiling, but exhausted. 
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Wolf of Wall Street

Badfellas.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Leaving the recent Academy Awards empty-handed, Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street nonetheless is one of the few 2013 Best Picture nominees we'll still be watching decades later.
 
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Swimmer

Lap up this Lancaster obscurity.


Drama

Rod Lott
What's an old-school Hollywood legend like Burt Lancaster doing on a label like Grindhouse Releasing? After viewing The Swimmer, I still don't know. As odd as the 1968 obscurity is, it's still too classy to be caught dead in a grindhouse theater. What matters ultimately is that it's on Blu-ray at all.
 
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

When there's a Will, there's a way-out comedy.


Comedy

Rod Lott
By the hymen of Olivia Newton-John, I just don't understand those who knock Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues as “a retread.” That's like saying you don't like sex because it “feels the same as the last time.” If this sequel to the 2004 cult comedy weren't funny, they might be onto something. Alas, they are not.
 
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Flu

Don't worry: It's not contagious.


Thriller

Rod Lott

In the near future — April, to be exact — a shipping container full of illegal immigrants — one of whom is sick — leaves Hong Kong and ends up in Seoul, Korea. So does the fatal virus the coughing guy carries, leading to a pandemic and eventual citywide quarantine. 

 
Friday, March 28, 2014

Nurse 3D

Rx for boredom.


Horror

Rod Lott
Abigail Russell isn't your average nurse, because she's also a serial killer. Abigail Russell isn't your average serial killer, either, because she only wants to kill men who cheat. But come to think of it, that hardly narrows the field.
 
Friday, March 28, 2014

Contracted

STD OMG!


Horror

Rod Lott
If David Cronenberg taught sex-ed classes, Contracted could be the film shown on the day they split the boys and girls among separate rooms. The IFC Midnight release's lesson: Always use protection. Especially if you're going to have a one-night stand with a necrophiliac.
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Return to Nuke 'Em High

Radiates bad taste.


Comedy

Rod Lott
At once a reboot of and a sequel to 1986's Class of Nuke 'Em High, the comedy Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1 presents a premise as thin as a used Kleenex — radioactive tacos mutate high schoolers — in order for the Troma label to unleash its distinctive brand of rapid-fire, unrestrained lunacy designed to upset everyone. It's something else, all right — I'm just unsure what that “else” is.
 
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Gravity

Space is the place.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Gravity is one of those rare films that truly is meant to be experienced on the big screen. If theaters were a thing of the past — and believe me, it's only a matter of time — it is doubtful it would have been made. 
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Homefront

Home is where the Stath is.


Action

Rod Lott
From screenwriter Sylvester Stallone comes Homefront, at one time developed as a Rambo sequel, but somewhere along the way handed off as a vehicle for fellow Expendable Jason Statham. 
 
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
 
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