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DVD reviews

Holy Ghost People

Holy Ghost People examines two sisters whose bond is torn — but by what? After her sibling has been missing for more than a year, Charlotte (Emma Greenwell, TV's Shameless) intends to find out.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0

No Holds Barred

RLJ Entertainment's new Blu-ray for No Holds Barred begins with what seems like dozens of trailers for movies starring pro wrestlers from the WWE talent pool. Each flick went direct to home video, but once upon a time — aka 1989 — one had to go to the multiplex to catch such a spectacle.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0

Knights of Badassdom

In 2008, the third act of the guy comedy Role Models used LARPing — live-action role-playing, that is — as a backdrop for our protagonists' lessons learned. Today, Knights of Badassdom extends that half-hour into a full feature, to the point where viewers are left not smiling, but exhausted. 
04/02/2014 | Comments 0

Switched on

Not everything on television has to appeal to mass audiences. In fact, with the further fractioning of viewership thanks to alternatives like Netflix and VOD, more series can afford to become more niche. Here are five examples of shows both past and present — and new to DVD and/or Blu-ray — that encompass some of the more outrageous ideas ever to go beyond boardroom discussion.
04/02/2014 | Comments 0

Confession of Murder

Seventeen years after slaying 10 women and getting away with it, the charismatic serial killer Du-sok (Park Si-hoo) comes clean with a Confession of Murder, in this 2012 South Korean crime thriller. He does so by publishing a book that dishes all the grisly details.
04/02/2014 | Comments 0
 

Pop culture


Americans are so corny.

By Rod Lott October 4th, 2011
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October is here! And you know what that means! Well, yes, a certain awesome Halloween parade, but also, it means it’s National Popcorn Poppin’ Month!

According to The Popcorn Board — yeah, it’s a real organization — Americans eat some 16 billion quarts of popcorn each year. That translates to roughly 51 quarts per person. Let’s wonder how much of that is consumed while watching movies, while we allow the board a pithy, PR quote:

“Curious kids love watching the magical transformation from a hard seed to soft, fluffy snack while budget conscious parents love its ‘cheap eats’ status. And everyone can appreciate that popcorn is a whole grain, providing carbohydrates and fiber to the diet, and naturally low in fat and calories,” says the board.

Yeah, yeah, but what about uniques recipes? The Popcorn Board offers a slew of ’em, from Glazed Lemon and Poppy Seed Popcorn to Sweet and Spicy Popcorn Seasoning Mix, at popcorn.org. —Rod Lott
 
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