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DVD reviews

Escape from Tomorrow

With Escape from Tomorrow, one fears the story behind the movie would loom larger than the movie itself. Luckily, that is not the case. After all, it opens with a decapitation on Disney World’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster.
05/06/2014 | Comments 0


William Friedkin spends a lot of time in his 2013 memoir discussing why Sorcerer didn't click with critics and audiences even though he believes it to be better than his previous film, The Exorcist. Now that Warner Home Video has reissued Sorcerer on Blu-ray, we can see what Friedkin's fuss is all about.
04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Broadchurch: The Complete First Season

Welcome to the coastal resort of Broadchurch, population … oh, who can keep track, what will all the corpses? Yes, Broadchurch is yet another British television procedural involving the search for a murderer in a quaint little town, just like the limited series The Fall and Top of the Lake.
04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

Essentially part five in the ridiculously profitable horror franchise, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones continues the found-footage conceit of the other films. The difference is instead of the scares taking place in rich white suburbia, they do so in a junky apartment complex on a largely Latino side of Oxnard, Calif.
04/23/2014 | Comments 0

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

’Tin man

A classic cartoon character, without the creepy-eyed look of motion-capture technology.

By Rod Lott November 11th, 2011

Because Steven Spielberg’s first animated film as director, “The Adventures of Tintin,” doesn’t open until Dec. 21, you still have ample chance to arm yourself with answers to the sure-to-be-asked question of, “What the hell is a Tintin?”

Huge in Europe (like, 350 million copies huge), Tintin is a classic comic-book character, created by Belgian artist Georges Rémi in 1929, and reprints are readily available for purchase. Movies and cartoons have been made before of the young investigative reporter, too, but American audiences will find them tough to locate.  

Except for the “The Adventures Of Tintin”  animated series of the 1990s, come Nov. 22. On that day, Shout! Factory will release the show’s first season on a double-disc DVD.

Until then, enjoy this colorful, advance look of Conan O’Brien, Boy Detective — er, Tintin. I meant Tintin. —Rod Lott

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