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Enlightened: The Complete First Season

But is it any good? Dern tootin’!


Television series

Rod Lott
Earlier this week, HBO announced the cancellation of Enlightened, which just completed its second season. It’s a damn shame, because in her four-decade career as an actress, Laura Dern never has been better.
 
Sunday, March 24, 2013

Easy Money

Cashes out with a big payoff.


Thriller

Rod Lott
It’s not difficult to see what Martin Scorsese saw in Easy Money to lend his name to it as presenter to American audiences: a lot of himself. The 2010 Swedish film is a crime epic cast in the mold of Goodfellas or Casino, yet still its own thing. A smash as Snabba Cash in its native land, where it’s already spawned two sequels, the movie now arrives on DVD.
 
Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Frankenstein Theory

The modern prometheus gets a modern movie update. Guess what? It’s alive ... alive!


Horror

Rod Lott
The Frankenstein Theory is like no other Frankenstein film you've seen: rendered in found footage.

Wait, wait! Don’t run off! This one’s better than the average entry, even if it’s not so revolutionary to change the minds of those who despise the delivery system. The picture’s snowy setting is reason enough to justify a viewing on DVD (a woefully bare-bones one) if you missed it on the big screen — and you likely did, since it played in only about 15 theaters nationwide earlier this month.
 
Friday, March 22, 2013

The Collection

Gotta catch ’em all!


Horror

Rod Lott
What began as an intended Saw prequel has spawned a franchise of its own, now that 2009’s The Collector has begat The Collection. I hope in my heart of hearts that The Collection begets a third chapter — The Collective, perhaps?
 
Thursday, March 21, 2013

Zero Dark Thirty

The real torture is its incredible tension.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
Don’t trust the viewers.

Trusting them appears to be the cardinal sin of Zero Dark Thirty, a masterful, absorbing film dramatizing the CIA's 10-year hunt for Osama bin Laden. It has been at the center of controversy for its depiction of U.S. intelligence agents using “enhanced interrogation techniques,” otherwise known as torture.
 
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A Nightmare on Elm Street Collection

One, two, Freddy’s coming for you ... again.


Horror

Rod Lott
Warner Home Video’s snazzy new A Nightmare on Elm Street Collection gives Blu-ray die-hards the seven “original” films of the horror franchise. Translation: No Freddy vs. Jason, no 2010 Elm Street remake. But the big news is that is does have two of the 44 episodes of the spin-off syndicated TV series, Freddy’s Nightmares — their official first American appearance for digital home video.
 
Friday, March 15, 2013

Storage 24

Blokes and the beast.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Britain’s on high alert after a plane falls from the sky from unknown causes. Terrorist attack, perhaps? At a 24-hour storage facility — hence the film’s title, Storage 24 — the ensuing crash has locked down its security system, effectively trapping people inside. Oh, and one gnarly alien.
 
Thursday, March 14, 2013

In Their Skin

There go the neighborhoods.


Thriller

Rod Lott
I like In Their Skin under its international title, Replicas. Even if that makes Jeremy Power Regimbal’s directorial debut sound too sci-fi, it’s more interesting and apt.
 
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Curandero: Dawn of the Demon

From dusk till yawn.


Horror

Rod Lott
Eduardo Rodriguez has put three pictures in the can (including the upcoming Fright Night 2) since completing his directorial debut, Curandero: Dawn of the Demon, in 2005. Why, then, has it taken roughly eight years for Curandero to hit DVD? You got me; it’s not as if a lack of quality has stopped any flick before.
 
Monday, March 11, 2013

The Great Magician

Now you see it ...


Drama

Rod Lott
With magic-themed movies The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Now You See Me on the way, Hollywood is all about the abracadabra these days. If that exposes more eyeballs to 2011’s The Great Magician, good.
 
Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Tarzan Collection Starring Jock Mahoney and Mike Henry

Contract a case of jungle fever.


Action

Rod Lott
What an unwieldy title The Tarzan Collection Starring Jock Mahoney and Mike Henry is. Then again, so many actors have donned the loincloth of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ iconic lord of the jungle across nearly 100 movies and counting, so specificity is required. This particular five-flick, five-disc set from Warner Archive rounds up the entire turns of the two men mentioned in the title.
 
Saturday, March 9, 2013

Best in Show

Award-worthy comedy struts onto Blu-ray.


Comedy

Rod Lott
My favorite of Christopher Guest's mockumentaries is easily 2000’s Best in Show. While I think it helps to be a theater nerd to appreciate 1996’s Waiting for Guffman in full or a folk nut to opt for 2003’s A Mighty Wind, “must love dogs” is no requirement here. Love man’s best friend or hate him, the humor in Best in Show is less inside-baseball than its brothers.
 
Friday, March 8, 2013

Philo Vance Murder Case Collection

Man, that’s a lot of vintage homicide.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Following a half-dozen Perry Mason movies into the Warner Archive store are the half-dozen Philo Vance films that make up his Murder Case Collection. While S.S. Van Dine’s “dilettante detective” is nowhere near as well-known today as Erle Stanley Gardner’s attorney-at-law, this is the better set by bounds.
 
Thursday, March 7, 2013

Sushi Girl

For those who like it raw.


Thriller

Rod Lott
No matter what you see or hear, don't move a muscle. That’s the advice one very bad man gives to the titular Sushi Girl. Particularly squeamish viewers won’t be able to adhere to such counsel, as this minor crime gem revels in the revolting.
 
Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Smashed

Mary Elizabeth Winstead gives an intoxicating performance.


Drama

Rod Lott
In a short career largely dominated with genre films — from Final Destination 3 to this past summer’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter — Mary Elizabeth Winstead always has exuded a certain something. But nothing that ever suggested the level of performance she delivers in Smashed.
 
Sunday, March 3, 2013
 
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