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Topic: dvd reviews

The Stool Pigeon

Not your average bird in the Hong Kong coop.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Asian film enthusiasts swear by "The Stool Pigeon," a critically acclaimed Hong Kong hit from last year. While I've now watched Well Go USA's Blu-ray release of it three times now, it strikes me as not spectacular, but certainly a more-than-serviceable exercise in action and suspense.
 
Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Sylvian Experiments

No further research necessary; they failed.


Horror

Rod Lott
Even masters have their off days. Hiroshi Takahashi, the celebrated screenwriter of Japanese modern horror classics “Don’t Look Up” and “Ringu” (aka “The Ring”), makes a rare outing as director, too, with “Sylvian Experiments,” retitled for American consumption from its original “Kyôfu.” (Gesundheit.)
 
Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Maniac Cop

You have the right to see this cult classic of crime.


Action

Rod Lott
Why won't anyone believe poor detective Frank McCrae (Tom Atkins, "Halloween III: Season of the Witch") that the recent nighttime slayings around New York City are the work of a cop?
 
Friday, November 4, 2011

Water for Elephants

Dung for you.


Drama

Rod Lott
What seemed exciting in Sara Gruen's best-selling novel plays flat in the painful "Water for Elephants," a wretchedly written and overwrought drama that leaps to the top of my list of the year's worst films.
 
Tuesday, November 8, 2011

More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead

The true story behind ‘Send more paramedics.’


Documentary

Rod Lott
What the recent book from the same writers failed to do, the documentary "More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead" succeeds in spades: delivering a concise, compelling and entertaining look at the 1985 cult classic "The Return of the Living Dead."
 
Monday, November 7, 2011

3 by Theo: The Theo van Gogh Collection

No, van Gogh, no.


Drama

Rod Lott
Theo van Gogh's films were not for everyone. If they were, he'd still be alive.
 
Friday, November 11, 2011

Boy Wonder

It’s no ‘Wonder.’


Drama

Rod Lott
If superheroes were real, their exploits would go down as they are portrayed in “Boy Wonder”: free of costume and as a vigilante who brings to mind Bernie Goetz and “Death Wish” anti-hero Paul Kersey. That doesn’t make the movie good, however. It’s like an emo version of “Kick-Ass” that forgot to take its Celebrex.
 
Friday, November 11, 2011

The Skin I Live In

In ‘The Skin I Live In,’ Antonio Banderas is like Spain’s answer to Dr. Frankenstein. ¡Está vivo!


Thriller

Rod Lott
As one character says to another in “The Skin I Live In,” “Don’t look at the surfaces.” He refers to the literal and physical, but writer/director Pedro Almodóvar may be instructing his audience in the figurative sense.
 
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Hollywood Party / The Lost Stooges

Back when your grandparents called them 'picture shows.'


Comedy

Rod Lott
From 1934, "Hollywood Party" is exactly the kind of movie they don't make anymore, the kind of movie they can't make anymore, what with star salaries now stratospheric.
 
Friday, November 18, 2011

The Future

'The Future''s so bright, I gotta ... hey, who moved my shades?


Drama

Rod Lott
Love it or hate it — and there are sure to be vocal supporters of each pole — writer/director Miranda July's "The Future" is undeniably a work of originality. Have you ever seen a film narrated by a euthanized cat with renal failure? I rest my case.
 
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
 
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