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Escape from Tomorrow

Magic Kingdom! Space Mountain! Stress-induced insanity!


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
With Escape from Tomorrow, one fears the story behind the movie would loom larger than the movie itself. Luckily, that is not the case. After all, it opens with a decapitation on Disney World’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster.
 
Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

¡Cinco peliculas!


Horror

Rod Lott
Essentially part five in the ridiculously profitable horror franchise, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones continues the found-footage conceit of the other films. The difference is instead of the scares taking place in rich white suburbia, they do so in a junky apartment complex on a largely Latino side of Oxnard, Calif.
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sorcerer

Fails to cast a spell.


Action

Rod Lott
William Friedkin spends a lot of time in his 2013 memoir discussing why Sorcerer didn't click with critics and audiences even though he believes it to be better than his previous film, The Exorcist. Now that Warner Home Video has reissued Sorcerer on Blu-ray, we can see what Friedkin's fuss is all about.
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Broadchurch: The Complete First Season

Kneel at this great mystery.


Television series

Rod Lott
Welcome to the coastal resort of Broadchurch, population … oh, who can keep track, what will all the corpses? Yes, Broadchurch is yet another British television procedural involving the search for a murderer in a quaint little town, just like the limited series The Fall and Top of the Lake.
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Jodorowsky's Dune

David Lynch's Dune famously flopped in 1984, but according to a new documentary, the real story is how movie madman Alejandro Jodorowsky tried to do it first.


Documentary

Rod Lott
More than a few books exist on the topic of the greatest movie never made, and more often than not, they include visionary director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s proposed adaptation of Dune. Other incredible examples fill the pages — i.e. James Cameron’s Spider-Man, Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon — but the aborted journey of Frank Herbert’s cult sci-fi novel to the big screen is the only one to earn its own documentary feature about what might have been.
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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
 
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