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The Mole Man of Belmont Avenue

Didn't dig it.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Tenants of a low-rent apartment building have some problems: The electricity has been shut off; their pets are disappearing under mysterious circumstances; and worst of all, they're stuck in a horror comedy that's not the least bit amusing: The Mole Man of Belmont Avenue.
 
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Let's Scare Jessica to Death

Let's not.


Horror

Rod Lott

After hearing about Let's Scare Jessica to Death for years, I'm thankful I finally got to see it, newly rescued from out-of-print oblivion by Warner Archive. I only wish the 1971 shocker had proven worthy of its hype.

 
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Haunting of Helena

Lotsa teeth, no bite.


Horror

Rod Lott
One cannot discuss The Haunting of Helena without bringing 2003's Darkness Falls into the conversation. Both horror movies are about an über-evil Tooth Fairy (really a malevolent spirit of a female killed ages ago), and Helena's heroine looks not unlike the earlier film's Emma Caulfield. I'd go so far as to call this one an unofficial remake, with the setting transplanted to Italy.
 
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Star Trek Into Darkness

Boldly going again.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott

With the run of original Star Trek films, there's a long-standing theory that only the even-numbered entries are good, i.e. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Well, that theory does not apply to director J.J. Abrams' rebooted franchise; both of his voyages of the starship Enterprise — 2009's Star Trek and this summer's sequel of Star Trek Into Darkness — stand strong as successes across the board: creative, critical and financial. 

 
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Stories We Tell

Family matters.


Documentary

Rod Lott
Stories We Tell is not only one of the year's best documentaries, but one of the format's more unique exercises of our time. You may have seen a story of this type before — just not told in this imaginative a fashion. I was reminded of the rush I felt encountering Errol Morris' The Thin Blue Line or Michael Moore's Roger & Me in the late 1980s, and thinking, "Wow, a documentary can be like this, too?"
 
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Frankenstein's Army

Should you enlist? Ja!


Horror

Rod Lott

So towering is the legend of Frankenstein, one found-footage film just isn't enough. This spring saw the release of The Frankenstein Theory, and now we're days away from the invasion of the weirder, wilder, wonderfully imaginative Frankenstein's Army.

 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Accursed

Not quite as bad as its title would suggest.


Drama

Rod Lott
No sooner has an annual meeting of war pals began that host Col. Price (Donald Wolfit, Lawrence of Arabia) announces to the gathered guests, all men but one, that a traitor lurks among them. He suspected as much, but having one friend show up with a knife in his back, literally, sealed the deal. Whoever is to blame most certainly is … wait for it … The Accursed!
 
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Blancanieves

Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it’s off to the arthouse we go.


Drama

Rod Lott

Once upon a time, the idea of a film being silent, foreign and — steee-rike three! — black and white equated to box-office poison. Then 2011’s The Artist won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture; earned $133 million worldwide; and lived happily ever after.

 
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Now You See Me

Now you do.


Thriller

Rod Lott
On second viewing, the sheer amount of artifice on which Now You See Me is built comes to the forefront. Yet knowing its secrets doesn't detract from its status as an enormously entertaining confection.
 
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Black Waters of Echo's Pond

Don't even dip your toes.


Horror

Rod Lott

To paraphrase a character late in The Black Waters of Echo's Pond, anything to get off this movie. From the start, director Gabriel Bologna (The Asylum's 30,000 Leagues Under the Sea) has no real hold on the material; what little there is gets so far away from his grasp that his last name proves accidentally apt.

 
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Cockneys vs Zombies

You can't spell 'yuck' without the 'UK.'


Comedy

Rod Lott
I've been unkind to zombie movies of late, so let me hereby take this opportunity to apologize ... because my ire continues with Cockneys vs Zombies. It's like every other third- or fourth-tier zom-com you've seen (or ignored, hopefully). The only twist, if it can be called that, is the addition of thick English accents and senior citizens, neither novel.
 
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Heavy Traffic

It's a Heavy cartoon.


Comedy

Patrick Crain

Ah, the early days of video stores. Most every city, burg and/or township had that one glorious store with one copy of everything. OKC had Kaleidoscope Video Stores; Mid-Del had Bob’s Video; and in the dark regions of Bob’s Video sat the “adult” movies which were basically comprised of Paul Morrissey’s Flesh For Frankenstein and Blood For Dracula and Ralph Bakshi’s two X-rated cartoons, Fritz the Cat and Heavy Traffic. Oh, how I wanted to see all these movies! Of course, as an eleven-year-old, I never had the gumption to try to rent any of them out of fear I would be ejected from the store and banned for life.

 
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Q: The Winged Serpent

'Q' earns a B+.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Michael Moriarty's Quinn is a lowlife blowhard, a criminal who never has paid taxes but always is quick to pay attention to the bottle. Yet it's this very collection of human deficiencies that marked Q: The Winged Serpent unique upon its 1982 release and helped keep it alive ever since.
 
Friday, August 23, 2013

Bruce Lee: The Legacy Collection

Never forget.


Action

Rod Lott

It seems like it was just three months ago that Shout! Factory reissued the four core Bruce Lee flicks that aren't Enter the Dragon … because it was!

 
Friday, August 23, 2013

The Iceman

Just chill.


Drama

Rod Lott

By now, playing the nice guy with a dark side must be old hat to Michael Shannon, to the point of typecasting. Think of Take Shelter. Think of HBO's Boardwalk Empire. That's how you'll think of The Iceman.

 
Friday, August 23, 2013
 
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