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Contracted

STD OMG!


Horror

Rod Lott
If David Cronenberg taught sex-ed classes, Contracted could be the film shown on the day they split the boys and girls among separate rooms. The IFC Midnight release's lesson: Always use protection. Especially if you're going to have a one-night stand with a necrophiliac.
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Return to Nuke 'Em High

Radiates bad taste.


Comedy

Rod Lott
At once a reboot of and a sequel to 1986's Class of Nuke 'Em High, the comedy Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1 presents a premise as thin as a used Kleenex — radioactive tacos mutate high schoolers — in order for the Troma label to unleash its distinctive brand of rapid-fire, unrestrained lunacy designed to upset everyone. It's something else, all right — I'm just unsure what that “else” is.
 
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Gravity

Space is the place.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Gravity is one of those rare films that truly is meant to be experienced on the big screen. If theaters were a thing of the past — and believe me, it's only a matter of time — it is doubtful it would have been made. 
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Homefront

Home is where the Stath is.


Action

Rod Lott
From screenwriter Sylvester Stallone comes Homefront, at one time developed as a Rambo sequel, but somewhere along the way handed off as a vehicle for fellow Expendable Jason Statham. 
 
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Machine Head

Spring break is broken.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Once saddled with the unimaginative-but-accurate title of Spring Break Killer, the indie thriller Machine Head has several things going for it: actual direction, a location with built-in production value, a solid handle on ambience, a terrific soundtrack and it's not based on the intolerable, same-named Bush song, so omnipresent on FM radio in the mid-'90s. 
 
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

In Fear

Fear itself.


Thriller

Rod Lott
In Fear is a British take on that hoary Hollywood premise of two 20-somethings menaced by a third. Although the film is largely improvised, viewers will notice only one new thing about it: The hipsters at its center are en route to a music festival. Had Anchor Bay Entertainment wished to exploit that fact for the Blu-ray release, it could have retitled the film Bonnarubes, Coach-hella or Glastonburied. 
 
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Beneath

Just when you thought it was safe ...


Horror

Rod Lott
Six newly graduated high schoolers get together for one last shebang, which goes sour. You've seen that before, but not from indie director Larry Fessenden.
 
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Slumber Party Massacre

Drill, baby, drill!


Horror

Rod Lott
According to The Slumber Party Massacre, young women love to have group sleepovers so fun that the girls don't have the good sense to leave the house when their party is crashed by the arrival of a drill-wielding serial killer. 
 
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Last Days on Mars

Mars needs Lysol.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
With his good looks, Liev Schreiber (TV's Ray Donovan) seems born to play an astronaut. In Magnet Releasing's The Last Days on Mars, he finally gets the chance. As chief systems officer Vincent Campbell, he's part of Aurora's six-month mission on the red planet with only 19 hours left to go before heading home. What could go wrong? 
 
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Darkman

Who is Darkman? It's time you knew.


Action

Rod Lott
Prior to his Spider-Man trilogy, director Sam Raimi cut his superhero-movie teeth on 1990's Darkman, a character of his own creation. Although it's clearly not the most polished of his works, the summer sleeper plays even better as the years tick by. Look no further than Shout! Factory's colorful re-release on Blu-ray. 
 
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Bad behavior

Why is watching bad guys so damned good?


Television series

Rod Lott
We vilify people for bad behavior in real life, yet celebrate it in our entertainment, particularly on the small screen. When the results are as strong as the current crop, all new (or new-ish) to DVD and/or Blu-ray, why question the disconnect?
 
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Armstrong Lie

A portrait of a vicious cycle.


Documentary

Rod Lott

Someday, celebrity cyclist Lance Armstrong may regret hiring Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney to document his 2009 "comeback," but I doubt it. As The Armstrong Lie demonstrates time and again for two mostly gripping hours, the athlete is still unable to tell the whole truth and nothing but.

 
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Haunter

Little Miss Sunshine enters The Twilight Zone.


Horror

Rod Lott

Haunter isn't the typical chiller one would expect from the IFC Midnight label — mostly because it's tame enough that it could be enjoyed by almost the entire family.

 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Reel Zombies / Sorority Party Massacre

Ha? Bah.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Despite horror comedies being extremely difficult to pull off, indie filmmakers keep trying, to a degree of sheer obliviousness. The latest examples are Reel Zombies and Sorority Party Massacre, both of which come off as in-jokes — not exactly the most ingratiating approach for attracting an audience.
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Escape Plan

Sly and Arnie, bar none.


Action

Rod Lott
Back in the mid-1980s, when Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger were box-office rivals, a true pairing of the two — Expendables ensembles don't count — would have grossed millions of kajillions of dollars. 
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
 
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