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The Big Boss / Fist of Fury / The Way of the Dragon / Game of Death

Bruce is loose ... again!


Action

Rod Lott
Let us now praise a giant of action cinema: Bruce Lee. It seems like a good time, given Shout! Factory’s reissuing of four of the man’s marital-arts titles via a pair of double-feature DVDs: one with 1971’s The Big Boss and 1972’s Fist of Fury, the other with 1972’s The Way of the Dragon and 1978’s partly posthumous Game of Death. In total, that’s three-point-two-five good movies.
 
Monday, May 6, 2013

Flash Gordon: The Complete Series

Can he still save every one of us?


Television series

Rod Lott
Until Warehouse 13 and Haven came along, Syfy’s idea of an original series was a largely frightening prospect, and for good reason. I’d been led to believe that its short-lived Flash Gordon update (2007-08), carrying bad buzz before it aired, was one of those train wrecks.
 
Friday, May 3, 2013

Manborg

Part man. Part machine. All really funny.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Following its hilarious Father’s Day, the ’80s-obsessed Canadian quintet known as Astron-6 unleashes another inspired homage/parody in Manborg. Instead of vengeance, sci-fi is the skewered genre of choice. And Manborg is indeed choice.
 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Dragon

Starring the ever-valuable Yen.


Action

Rod Lott
Ignore the Weinsteins’ needless re-christening of the Hong Kong film Wu Xia as the ever-generic Dragon. The important thing is that director Peter Chan (The Love Letter) has made not only one of the better martial-arts pictures of the new millennium thus far, but one that holds appeal to audiences not attuned to the genre.
 
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Revenge for Jolly!

‘Revenge’ is a dish best ignored.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Your first sign that Revenge for Jolly! may not be for you: the dead dog hanging in the protagonist’s living room.

There are more.
 
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Bowery Boys: Volume Two


Comedy

Rod Lott
In the span of a decade, post-World War II, the comedy team known as The Bowery Boys (née The East Side Kids, née The Dead End Kids) made 48 movies. Up until now, I’d seen exactly zero of them.
 
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Fast Company / Fast and Loose / Fast and Furious

We detect a book-smart mystery series.


Comedy

Rod Lott
In tacking the word “fast” onto each of these three comedy-minded mysteries, MGM wasn’t joking. Not only are the running times of the films brief, but its lead characters rattle through their dialogue like a teenager to pizza.
 
Monday, April 29, 2013

The Wicked

Will leave you not spellbound, but spellbored.


Horror

Rod Lott
When you put a little kid in danger in your first scene, as The Wicked does, I'm in. That’s a fairly bold move, and it signals that the film is going to — pardon my French — have some balls and do something different.
 
Saturday, April 27, 2013

Gangster Squad

Speaking ‘Confidential’ly ...


Action

Rod Lott
Gangster Squad takes place in 1949 Los Angeles, a time when the Hollywood sign still sported “LAND” at the end, and a time that looks like L.A. Confidentiala lot like L.A. Confidential.
 
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

K-11

Bar none, a one-of-a-kind kick.


Drama

Rod Lott
How weird that in its brief theatrical run, K-11 attracted more attention for who the director is (the mother of Twilight starlet Kristen Stewart) than for its outlandish subject matter (transgendered inmates). That oversight is as insane as this movie, which is new to Blu-ray.
 
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Terminator Anthology

Get it before Skynet takes over.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Quoth the cyborg, “I’ll be back.” And he was. And now again, this time in the form of Terminator Anthology, Warner Home Video’s Blu-ray box set of the four franchise films to date. It could be argued that the movies stopped being good when James Cameron stopped directing them. After revisiting the quartet, I don't agree — I strongly agree.
 
Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Sorcerer and the White Snake

Jet Li slithers into a fairy tale with fights.


Action

Rod Lott
Although front-and-center on the Blu-ray box and the film’s trailers, Expendables team member Jet Li takes more of a supporting role in The Sorcerer and the White Snake. This shouldn’t be a surprise; about to turn 50, the guy isn’t as spry as he used to be. What is a surprise is how kid-friendly the Hong Kong film is. With little exception, it’s practically made for them.
 
Friday, April 19, 2013

Thale

A fairy tale with a tail.


Horror

Rod Lott
Members of cleaning services expect to find the unexpected. For Elvis (Erlend Nervold) and Leo (Jon Sigve Skard) of the No Shit Cleaning Service, that means uncovering a naked woman submerged in a basement bathtub, yet alive, in shock and with tubes down her throat.
 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Save the Date

I thee watch?


Drama

Rod Lott
Not yet a household name, Jeffrey Brown long has been one of America's greatest young cartoonists, garnering attention and a following by writing and drawing what he knows best: himself. The indie favorite strays from the autobiographical to the fictional in his screenplay debut, Save the Date. It's a solid first try.
 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A Haunted House

Boo! Hiss.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Sporting possibly the laziest, most generic title in cinema history, A Haunted House might as well have been called Scary Movie 5, but I don’t wish to insult Scary Movie 5.
 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
 
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