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The King's Speech

A rare work of Oscar-bait as satisfying as it purports to be


Drama

Phil Bacharach
Last month’s winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture, “The King’s Speech” is one of those films seemingly made with a checklist for garnering such statuettes.
 
Thursday, April 7, 2011

A Summer in Genoa

Another ambitious but failed enterprise by director Michael Winterbottom


Drama

Rod Lott
As Bananarama once sang, it's a cruel summer.
 
Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Ricky

Guns for drama, comedy and whimsy, but ends up depressing


Drama

Rod Lott
Whereas François Ozon's "Swimming Pool" focused on a figurative fox, his "Ricky" focuses on a literal bird ... who's also a newborn boy.
 
Thursday, March 31, 2011

One Week

An affecting, offbeat drama


Drama

Rod Lott
Not based on the Barenaked Ladies song, “One Week” begins with young Ben Tyler (Joshua Jackson and his perpetual 5 o'clock shadow) being told he has stage IV cancer of the blood, liver and lymph nodes, and thus, little time left to live.
 
Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Capone

Just don't expect 'The Untouchables.'


Drama

Rod Lott
Not everything Roger Corman attached his name to was outright schlock. Some of it was higher-minded, like the 1975 biopic "Capone." Oh, it's still filled with blood and boobs, all right. It just takes itself rather seriously. Perhaps too seriously, at the expense of enjoyment.
 
Thursday, March 17, 2011

Hereafter

Clint Eastwood's least interesting directorial effort of the double-aughts


Drama

Rod Lott
Call it poor timing, but Clint Eastwood's "Hereafter" opens with a Hawaiian tsunami sequence that is absolutely stunning (especially on Blu-ray) and totally deserving of its recent Oscar nomination for visual effects.
 
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Network / All the President’s Men

Brilliant films come to Blu-ray


Drama

Rod Lott
I can’t think of two classic films of the 1970s as relevant today as “Network” and “All the President’s Men.”
 
Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Love and Other Drugs

Side effects may include nausea and drowsiness as that euphoria wears off


Drama

Rod Lott
Perhaps you saw Anne Hathaway, during her hosting duties for this year’s Academy Awards, joking (?) she was miffed that she failed to secure a nomination for “Love and Other Drugs,” despite her disrobing.
 
Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Leaving

As thin as its luminous star


Drama

Rod Lott
 There’s not much to the 2009 French drama “Leaving.”
 
Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Kites: The Remix

Not a brain in its well-toned body, but you may not care


Drama

Rod Lott
In wanting to be everything to everybody, “Kites” ends up being less than cohesive, but oddly entertaining in pieces.
 
Monday, February 21, 2011

Mesrine: Killer Instinct

Rippingly good crime drama rivals the best


Drama

Rod Lott
Whenever Vincent Cassel has crossed over into American films, from "Ocean's Twelve" to "Black Swan," he appears to be such a wiry, little fellow.
 
Monday, February 14, 2011

The 7th Dawn

Rather dull, but it has a monkey


Drama

Rod Lott
For a film that bills itself as a great adventure, "The 7th Dawn" is rather dull. This may be — must be — because it's made in 1964, before America realized it couldn't win every war (read: Vietnam).
 
Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Cobweb

'Mad Men' in a madhouse, 50 years ago


Drama

Rod Lott
With all its drama surrounding drinking, dalliances and draperies, Vincente Minnelli's "The Cobweb" is one seriously sudsy soap.
 
Thursday, January 27, 2011

Enter the Void


Drama

Rod Lott
Says the male lead as he's dealing drugs at a club, "Be careful. They're really trippy."
 
Monday, January 17, 2011

Paper Man


Drama

Rod Lott
 Recently, by coincidence, I've viewed two DVDs which utilized the idea of its slightly crazy main character having an imaginary friend.
 
Friday, January 14, 2011
 
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