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Topic: dvd reviews

The Traveling Executioner

What an odd jolt!


Comedy

Rod Lott
Between 1977's "The Squeeze" and now 1980's "The Traveling Executioner," Warner Archive singlehandedly is keeping alive the legend that was Stacy Keach: that before too many bad choices and one coke arrest derailed his career, the actor was quite the screen sensation.
 
Friday, October 14, 2011

South of Heaven

Going 'South.’


Comedy

Rod Lott
You couldn't live through the mid-'90s without hitting a Quentin Tarantino wannabe: "2 Days in the Valley," "Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead," "Albino Alligator," "Love and a .45," "The Boondock Saints," "Killing Zoe," "Destiny Turns on the Radio." Gawd, weren't they great?
 
Tuesday, October 18, 2011

7 Faces of Dr. Lao

A heady piece of fantastic fantasy.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
In a true tour-de-force performance, the late, great Tony Randall takes on seven roles in this long-beloved, charming 1964 fantasy from legendary sci-fi producer George Pal. After a too-long period of being out of print, it's back from Warner Archive.
 
Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Little Help

Jenna Fischer needs no 'Help,' giving a range-widening performance.


Drama

Rod Lott
Although "A Little Help" tries to make us believe it has presented "The Office"'s Jenna Fischer unattractive — as if! — the dramedy is worth seeing, assuming your expectations are kept reasonably in check.
 
Friday, October 21, 2011

The Sleeping Beauty

France reclaims a fairy tale to depict a girl’s erotic awakening.


Drama

Rod Lott
Anyone who thinks the current craze of rebooting fairy tales (from film’s “Red Riding Hood” to TV’s “Once Upon a Time”) is “edgy,” I’d like to sit them down in front of Catherine Breillat’s “The Sleeping Beauty.” Now that's edgy.
 
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Night School

Enroll in Slashers 101.


Horror

Rod Lott
Attention, class, "Night School" is now in session. Today's lesson: how to capitalize on the slasher craze started by "Friday the 13th" without the benefit of having a holiday in your title. This 1981 B movie gets an A for effort, because it does give it the ol' college try.
 
Friday, October 28, 2011

Fringe: The Complete Third Season / Supernatural: The Complete Sixth Season / Nikita: The Complete First Season

For genre fans, entertainment is totally tubular.


Television series

Rod Lott
Thank God for networks like Fox and The CW, because on the Big Three, shows like "Fringe," "Supernatural" and "Nikita" would have been canceled by now, if ever given a chance to air at all. By appealing to a smaller audience — but that most highly coveted youth audience — edgier fare can flourish without having to pull monster ratings.
 
Friday, October 28, 2011

The Cannonball Run

It’s the Burt that hurts.


Comedy

Rod Lott
In my tween days, 1981’s “The Cannonball Run” played HBO so often, one would think the cable channel had been taken over by Dom DeLuise. My brothers and I watched it with seemingly every airing.
 
Friday, October 28, 2011

Dark Angel

It comes in peace.


Action

Rod Lott
When did 1990's "I Come in Peace" become "Dark Angel"? More importantly, why? Did some porno cop its title? Now people will confuse it with that one TV series Jessica Alba did for James Cameron before she became a movie star.
 
Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Bunraku

Hard to say, hard to love.


Action

Rod Lott
“Bunraku” gets its name from a form of traditional Japanese puppetry, but it may as well be called “Cowboys and Samurai” or something equally generic. The sophomore effort of director Guy Moshe raises hopes for something special in its animated opening credits, which depict violence throughout civilization, but there’s simply too much going on here for a rather simple revenge story.
 
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
 
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