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Room 237

Rhetoric on redrum.


Documentary

Rod Lott
The Shining is about a novelist who goes mad while hotel-sitting over a winter break. The Shining is about the white man's genocide of Native Americans. The Shining is about the Holocaust. The Shining is about how Stanley Kubrick faked the Apollo moon landings. 

 
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Shiver

Belongs in the shi**er.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Shiver's box art sports a wonderfully dark-humored tagline: "She had a good head on her shoulders ... until she met him." It recalls — if not outright rips off — Re-Animator's infamous line of "Herbert West has a good head on his shoulders … and another one on his desk."

 
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Hangover Part III

Let's 'Hang' again.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Once The Hangover became a monster hit in the summer of '09, a sequel was inevitable. So was the backlash, which greeted The Hangover Part II upon its arrival two years later. Complained the multiplex populace, "It's too much like the first one!" 
 
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Secret of Crickley Hall

Trick or treat? Totally a treat.


Television series

Rod Lott

What is The Secret of Crickley Hall? Well, if I told you, it wouldn't be a secret. The less juvenile answer: It's a superb BBC limited series that'll plunk you in the proper Halloween spirit. 

 
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

This Is the End

If only that were true.


Comedy

Louis Fowler
This Is the End is the cinematic equivalent of being stuck in a living room with a group of High Times subscribers who have plenty of money to burn and plenty of fart jokes to release. Yes, there is a twist to it all, but it seems more like an afterthought than an actual plot point.
 
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Corruption

Grand Moff Tarkin does Grand Guignol.


Thriller

Rod Lott
During my summer vacation, I read the new book Offbeat: British Cinema's Curiosities, Obscurities and Forgotten Gems. It's the kind of volume I have to keep paper and pen next to me while reading, because I come across a lot of titles I must see, however difficult and rare. 
 
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

How to Seduce a Virgin

Not an instructional video — sorry, kiddos.


Drama

Rod Lott
One need not wait long for the really weird to rear its head in a Jess Franco flick. In the case of 1974's How to Seduce a Virgin, it's all of four minutes, when Martine flashes back to that time she cut off her lover's manhood with a straight razor — y'know, the good ol' days. 
 
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th

The men and women behind the mask.


Documentary

Rod Lott
How appropriate that a history of the Friday the 13th fits into a snug 13 chapters on Blu-ray and DVD. It makes me wonder if its running time of 6.66 hours also were intentional. 
 
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Sex Kittens Go to College

And I want a scholarship!


Comedy

Rod Lott

Everything you need to know about Sex Kittens Go to College before watching Sex Kittens Go to College

 
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Redemption

And we're not talking coupons.


Drama

Rod Lott
It just figures that as soon as Jason Statham was given the opportunity to act — really, truly act — the picture would be denied a wide theatrical release. Such is the case with the Expendable Transporter's new-to-Blu Redemption, deserving of the full audience his more mainstream work usually gets.
 
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Behind the Candelabra

It tickles the ivories.


Drama

Rod Lott

Michael Douglas deserved the Emmy he won earlier this week for Behind the Candelabra. For one thing, while watching him play Liberace, I forgot I was watching him play Liberace. 

 
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Kings of Summer

A well-seasoned dramedy.


Drama

Rod Lott
Tired of rules and overbearing parents, best buds Joe (Nick Robinson, TV's Melissa & Joey) and Patrick (Gabriel Basso, Super 8) decide they aren't going to take it anymore. Thus, The Kings of Summer run away from home and build one of their own from scrap material, deep into the woods where their folks cannot find them. 
 
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

In the House

Sit, please! And stay a while.


Drama

Rod Lott
Pay no mind to the bland prepositional phrase serving as the title for In the House; the film by celebrated French writer/director François Ozon is built with plenty of layers.
 
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Europa Report

Almost out-of-this-world.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
As hinted by the title, Europa Report is built upon faux found footage — this time of the Europa One deep-space expedition, in which astronauts were sent to a moon of Jupiter to drill through its ice and see what's what. We know that "what" will mean their doom. 
 
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

House of Wax

The Price of excellence.


Horror

Rod Lott
The first 3-D movie I ever saw was 1953's House of Wax, but in a revival run in the early 1980s. My uncle took me and my brothers to it one night at Northpark Mall, and I recall him having to tie the big glasses on my youngest brother's small head with shoelaces. 
 
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
 
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