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A Hijacking

Again with the pirates?


Thriller

Rod Lott
As Tom Hanks sails toward the award season aboard Captain Phillips, do not overlook Denmark's A Hijacking, another (but different) true-life tale of Somali pirates and an unfortunate ship held hostage. The 2012 Danish film has been imported by Magnolia Pictures to Blu-ray.  
 
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Byzantium

Vampirism: like mother, like daughter.


Horror

Rod Lott

Neil Jordan has dabbled in the world of vampires before, in 1994's blockbuster Interview with the Vampire. Personally, I didn't think much of it, but Byzantium, virtually unseen on these shores, is lovely. Oh, it's gory, too, but lovely in that visually sumptuous style for which Jordan is known, making IFC Films' Blu-ray a feast for the eyes.

 
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Big Bus

Get on the 'Bus,' Gus


Comedy

Rod Lott
Beating Airplane! to the punch — but not to pop-culture relevance — by four years was the 1976 disaster spoof, The Big Bus. Only two of the four Airport adventures had taken off at the time and were quite popular, so it's possible audiences at the time didn't have the sense of humor about it as they would today. 
 
Friday, November 1, 2013

Killer Holiday / Murder University

Slash equals trash.


Horror

Rod Lott
Think of all the critical evisceration that the Friday the 13th movies endured in their time. Yet they're high art compared to two recent slasher "homages," the low-budget Killer Holiday and the no-budget Murder University.
 
Friday, November 1, 2013

Bounty Killer

The future looks foxy.


Action

Rod Lott
Ever since I saw Bitch Slap in 2009, I've been on the lookout for another comedic actioner featuring an inordinately sexy woman doing inordinately masculine things. So far, the closest I've found is the new Bounty Killer.
 
Friday, November 8, 2013

Lovelace

Only skin 'Deep.'


Drama

Rod Lott
In telling the story of X-rated superstar Linda Lovelace, the biopic Lovelace poses an interesting structure. Its first half makes her brief pornographic life seem like it's all bells and fireworks; only after 45 minutes pass do co-directors Rob Epstein and Jeffery Friedman go back to fill in details conveniently glossed over, casting a rather ominous veil over what we've already seen.
 
Friday, November 8, 2013

Passion

Dressed to swill.


Thriller

Rod Lott

I eagerly await Brian De Palma's comeback. A finely composed disappointment, Passion is not it.


 
Friday, November 8, 2013

Black Devil Doll from Hell / Tales from the Quadead Zone

Must be seen to be believed.


Horror

Rod Lott
Thanks to Massacre Video, the films of Chester Novell Turner are preserved for future generations, no longer in danger of disappearing as VHS tape deteriorates with age.
 
Friday, November 8, 2013

Girl Most Likely

'Girl,' corrupted.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Among the principal creatives of Girl Most Likely, five of them are Academy Award nominees of this millennium, which makes the film's failure all the more worrisome. 
 
Friday, November 8, 2013

12 Years a Slave

Steve McQueen's emotionally jarring biopic depicts slavery in a way that few, if any, have ever dared.


Drama

Zach Hale
Slavery was a dark and shameful time in American history — unequivocally the darkest. Yet while the era has been portrayed on the silver screen in countless films, director Steve McQueen (ShameHunger) presents it with unprecedented realism in 12 Years a Slave — one of the most profoundly gut-wrenching, visceral works of 21st-century cinema you're bound to encounter.
 
Friday, November 8, 2013
 
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