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Topic: dvd reviews

The Catechism Cataclysm

Oh, Lord, this film is as funny as it is strange. And ‘strange’ is an understatement.


Comedy

Rod Lott
As "The Catechism Cataclysm" begins, the audience first hears that this is "110 percent a real story." Although it's said by a priest, take it with a sack of salt — not just because he's not speaking to us, but because writer/director Todd Rohal's unconventional (to say the least) comedy is all about effing with viewers.
 
Thursday, February 9, 2012

Police Woman: Season Two

Starring sigh Angie Dickinson in various revealing outfits.


Television series

Rod Lott
Angie Dickinson broke ground by starring as Sgt. Pepper Anderson in “Police Woman,” as it was the first hour drama fronted by a woman to become a hit.
 
Friday, February 10, 2012

Talking Heads: Chronology

Seeking a career retrospective of a rock iconoclast? Watch out: You might get what you’re after.


Documentary

Rod Lott
Pared down from an earlier, more deluxe release, the "Talking Heads: Chronology" DVD nonetheless paints a satisfying start-to-finish portrait of an American original via live footage.
 
Friday, February 10, 2012

Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story

Do not pass ‘go.’ Do not collect $200. Do not watch this.


Documentary

Rod Lott
For my entire existence, I was under the impression Monopoly was a board game. Wrong! According to those interviewed in the feature documentary “Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story,” it is “about life” and “like life.” To have a set sit on your shelf is “a great source of pride.”
 
Monday, February 13, 2012

The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)

You’re not prepared for this.


Horror

Rod Lott
Anyone who can recall our 2010 review of “The Human Centipede (First Sequence)” may remember an observation that the film’s events weren’t as graphic as everyone expected — that they could’ve been much worse.
 
Monday, February 13, 2012

Yakuza Weapon

In terms of value for your time, this ‘Weapon’ may prove lethal.


Action

Rod Lott
Opening the disc for "Yakuza Weapon" is the trailer for Donnie Yen's "Flash Point," which looks incredible. In. Cred. Ible. Sadly, it’s nearly the high point of the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, after the feature’s Colorforms-esque closing credits.
 
Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Myth of the American Sleepover

Come sweet slumber, enshroud me in thy purple cloak.


Drama

Rod Lott
All those coming-of-age movies we loved growing up in the ’80s seemed to have it all ... except reality.
 
Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Doors: Mr. Mojo Risin': The Story of L.A. Woman

Love this music documentary madly.


Documentary

Phil Bacharach
If you like rock ’n’ roll or drugs — or, perish the thought, even both — chances are you've gone through a Doors phase. Most likely that presumed phase was back in high school, when your parents didn't understand you and disheveled self-destruction was the height of romanticism.
 
Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

Know thy ‘Enemy.’


Drama

Rod Lott
Let’s talk Oscar’s harshest snubs this year: Michael Fassbender in “Shame.” Pretty much everything related to “Drive.” And now, "Elite Squad: The Enemy Within," Brazil’s entry in the category for Best Foreign Language Film. It didn’t make the cut to the five nominees.
 
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Mad Detective

Lend your eyes to this unconventional Asian police thriller, but keep your ears.


Thriller

Rod Lott
A slaughtered pig hangs in the middle of a room, at which Inspector Bun (Lau Ching Wan, “Black Mask”) stabs. Then he zips himself up in a suitcase and asks a colleague to push him down a stairwell. Then he cuts off his own ear as a going-away present for his boss.
 
Friday, February 17, 2012
 
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