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Thale

A fairy tale with a tail.


Horror

Rod Lott
Members of cleaning services expect to find the unexpected. For Elvis (Erlend Nervold) and Leo (Jon Sigve Skard) of the No Shit Cleaning Service, that means uncovering a naked woman submerged in a basement bathtub, yet alive, in shock and with tubes down her throat.
 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Hopper: A Journey into the American Dream — Tom Folsom


Nonfiction

Rod Lott
When Tom Folsom terms his new nonfiction work, Hopper, as “a rebel biography,” he’s not kidding. Not only is his subject a rebel, but so is his approach. A you-are-there POV, fonts that interrupt the narrative — you’ve never read a celebrity bio quite like it, and that’s certainly befitting of its star.
 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Save the Date

I thee watch?


Drama

Rod Lott
Not yet a household name, Jeffrey Brown long has been one of America's greatest young cartoonists, garnering attention and a following by writing and drawing what he knows best: himself. The indie favorite strays from the autobiographical to the fictional in his screenplay debut, Save the Date. It's a solid first try.
 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A Haunted House

Boo! Hiss.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Sporting possibly the laziest, most generic title in cinema history, A Haunted House might as well have been called Scary Movie 5, but I don’t wish to insult Scary Movie 5.
 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Trance

‘Trainspotting’ engineer Danny Boyle delves back into the world of crime with ‘Trance,’ with less-than-hypnotic results.


Thriller

Rod Lott
After fiddling around with Oscar a couple of times with Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours, director Danny Boyle gets back to doing what he does best: the thriller. However, in Trance, opening today in Oklahoma City, the flashy filmmaker bears a light coat of rust.
 
Friday, April 12, 2013

John Dies at the End

Far-out fun.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Better than the hit novel on which it’s as faithfully based as budgetary issues allow, John Dies at the End is one of those movies that tries really hard to be a cult movie. In this case, however, the goal has been met; I suspect that, as with most of director Don Coscarelli’s work, from Phantasm and The Beastmaster to Bubba Ho-Tep, we’ll still be discussing this one decades later. That’s not to say it’s without faults.
 
Friday, April 12, 2013

The Four

For martial-arts action, it mostly adds up.


Action

Rod Lott
One easy way to review The Four would be to call it a kung-fu X-Men. Hell, director Gordon Chan (The King of Fighters) already has a pair of sequels planned. The big difference, of course, is that this Chinese/Hong Kong film is a period piece set nearly a thousand years ago. Therefore, it’s not interested in adamantium blades, but counterfeit coins.
 
Thursday, April 11, 2013

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXVI

The short review: Buy it already.


Television series

Rod Lott
I think the best way to review a box set of Mystery Science Theater 3000 would be to list all the references made by and/or targets of the Satellite of Love crew in those episodes, to demonstrate their true depth and breadth.

But that’d also be the worst, because we’d be here all day.
 
Monday, April 8, 2013

Dead in France

Parlez-vous Tarantino?


Comedy

Rod Lott
In case there were any question, Dead in France is a black comedy. Take the opening scene, for instance, in which a man takes a fatal fall from a cliff, but not before hitting his head on the rocks several times during the trip, grunting a painful “Oof!” with each knock to the noggin.
 
Saturday, April 6, 2013

The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia

Boo! Hiss.


Horror

Rod Lott
Let’s forgive the ridiculousness of the state-confused title that is The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia, in order to focus on the film itself.

Said film means well, yet is terrible.
 
Friday, April 5, 2013

The Sweeney

Get nicked.


Action

Rod Lott
Not only is The Sweeney one of the best TV-to-film adaptations in history, but quite possibly the best adaptation of a TV series you’ve never heard of ... unless you’re British.
 
Thursday, April 4, 2013

Quentin Tarantino’s Rolling Thunder Pictures Triple Feature

Three from the QT.


Action

Rod Lott
DVD seems made for someone like Quentin Tarantino, who grew up on a steady diet of drive-in drivel and grindhouse greats. And for a short while, Quentin Tarantino made DVDs — in a sense, releasing such long-forgotten or never-noticed flicks under his Rolling Thunder Pictures label.
 
Thursday, April 4, 2013

Stitches

A horror comedy that doesn’t clown around.


Comedy

Rod Lott
We’re slipping, America. It look to Ireland to make the best horror comedy in recent memory, Stitches. The subgenre is one of the toughest to pull off — a feat about as rare as finding a four-leaf clover.
 
Friday, March 29, 2013

13 Eerie

Zombies declare war on science.


Horror

Rod Lott
When viewers insert the DVD of 13 Eerie into their player, and the menu loads, they’ll be greeted by a crude but cute animation of the cover’s creature doing a little jig. I don’t think it’s meant to be amusing as I took it, but it is a sign that the movie isn’t your average, ordinary zombie film.
 
Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Thief of Bagdad

Still magical, nearly 90 years later.


Action

Rod Lott
With the Cohen Film Collection, we may have another Criterion Collection-level provider of classic movies in the making, if its Blu-ray presentation of The Thief of Bagdad is any indication.
 
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
 
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