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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

Sorcerer

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
 

Let ‘The River’ run


Catch a Renoir classic for free, thanks to OCU.

By Rod Lott January 9th, 2012

Oklahoma City University continues its 30th annual Film Institute series on Jan. 22 with Jean Renoir’s “The River,” based on Rumer Godden’s 1946 novel.

The 1951 drama serves as an unconventional romance, centered on three girls in India who fall in love with the same man, an American solider (Thomas E. Breen) who lost one leg in the war. No less a cinema master than Martin Scorsese deems the Technicolor production as one of “the two most beautiful color films ever made. I watch that film three times a year. Sometimes four.” 

When Scorsese showed to Wes Anderson, the younger director was inspired to make “The Darjeeling Limited.” (If, like me, you found “Darjeeling” to be a blight on Anderson’s otherwise spotless filmography, blame Marty, I guess.)

According to a press release from OCU, “The River” was one of the two most requested films on the evaluation forms from last year’s series.

“The River” screens for free at 2 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Meinders School of Business’ Kerr-McGee Auditorium, 2501 N. Blackwelder.

Still to come are:
• “Children of Heaven,” Feb. 5;
• “The Milk of Sorrow,” Feb. 19; and
• “Sansho the Baliff,” March 4.

For more information, call 208-5472. —Rod Lott
 
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