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Topic: dvd reviews

Ocean Heaven / 1911

Jackie Chan and Jet Li keep their feet on the ground.


Drama

Rod Lott
It sucks getting old.
 
Friday, February 17, 2012

Rabies

Catch it.


Thriller

Rod Lott
The less you know about "Rabies," the better. Don't be misled by the title, which suggests some sort of viral thriller along the lines of "Contagion." However, the movie is so clever, so twisty-turvy, you may foam at the mouth in satisfaction.
 
Monday, February 20, 2012

The Deadly Spawn: Millennium Edition

It’s ‘Deadly’ fun.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
From 1983, “Deadly Spawn” clearly is rooted in the style of the 1950s sci-fi monster movies whose posters bedeck one of the character’s walls, from Bert I. Gordon's "The Spider" to Jack Arnold’s “Monster on the Campus” — films in which severe deficiencies in budget are mitigated by ingenuity and charm.
 
Monday, February 20, 2012

War of the Arrows

This South Korean epic is on-target.


Action

Rod Lott
Just in the past 15 years, I’ve seen literally hundreds of martial-arts movies, a genre that — especially in its 1970s heyday — thrived on abiding to a mindless, predictable template. As a result, many are indistinguishable from one another.
 
Monday, February 20, 2012

Hell on Earth

And it feels like it.


Comedy

Rod Lott
In simplest terms, producer Ted Bohus’ new-to-DVD “Hell on Earth” reads a lot like his most famous film, the new-to-Blu “The Deadly Spawn”: Most of it takes place in one house, with a family and a few invited friends menaced by an otherworldly force.
 
Friday, February 24, 2012

Martha Marcy May Marlene

A chilling film by any name.


Drama

Kathryn Jenson White
Community ranks as key on the list of basic human needs. After water, food and shelter, our need to connect with others drives and defines us.
 
Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Justice League: Doom

How many superheroes does it take to ...


Action

Rod Lott
After busting a playing card-costumed criminal ring of safecrackers, members of the Justice League of America face their greatest foe yet: “Doom.”
 
Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Immortals

The Clash with panache.


Action

Rod Lott
While nowhere near infallible as the title may suggest, Immortals is superior to the other recent big-budget epic to take a comic-book look at mythology, the Clash of the Titans remake. Immortals also is more coherent — not completely coherent, but enough to keep me from dozing off.
 
Monday, March 5, 2012

Zaat

Zaat's entertainment, folks.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
In an abandoned lab in Jackson, Fla., one Dr. Leopold (Marshall Grauer) completes a seven-year project to mutate and transform himself from a mild-mannered, dumpy-looking mad scientist to an upright, green-scaled creature (Wade Popwell) who retains all of the doc's mental functions and artistic abilities.
 
Monday, March 5, 2012

Annie Hall

Love is too weak a word.


Comedy

Phil Bacharach
What’s there to say about Annie Hall? It’s an American classic, arguably Woody Allen’s finest film and perhaps one of the best romantic comedies of all time. The fact that it served as a turning point for Allen from full-bore comedies to more ambitious (if just as funny) stuff can make it easy to take for granted.
 
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
 
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