Thursday 31 Jul
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

Happy deadCENTER day!

What you can find about the fest in today’s issue.

By Rod Lott June 6th, 2012

As tweeted a few minutes ago by Tracey Zeeck, today’s issue of Oklahoma Gazette is indeed deadCENTER-ific.

Here’s why:

• First, colleague Phil Bacharach and I interviewed five directors about their Okie-connected movies, all showing at the festival. That includes actress Famke Janssen, who makes her behind-the-camera debut with the dramedy Bringing Up Bobby, which was shot here; and Lance McDaniel with the Chris Kattan comedy, Just Crazy Enough, also shot here.

With lesser star power but no dip in quality, there’s also the revenge flick The Unusual (Calling of) Charlie Christmas, the documentary Where Did the Horny Toad Go? and the comedy Cinema Six.

• Secondly, Phil and I also review six films beyond the above that you don’t want to miss, whether because it’s really, really good or, in the case of Keyhole, because it’s an utter mind-rape.

• Thirdly, Susannah Waite discusses the special Native American films showing at deadCENTER, as part of a whole weekend of tribal culture in the metro that extends to the Red Earth Festival and the Jim Thorpe Games.

• And finally — whew! — in the middle of today’s issue is a four-page advertising section from deadCENTER that includes a handy, pull-out schedule. (Oh, and wrapped inside that? The primary ballot for Gazette’s Best of OKC 2012 readers’ poll!)

Unrelated to deadCENTER, but still all about movies, we spotlight two indie films currently playing in the metro that are outstanding: the brainy sci-fi drama Sound of My Voice, about a cult, and Jack Black as a lovable murderer in Bernie, which is about as far from Kung Fu Panda 2 as he could get.

Staying at home? Be sure to consult our DVD and Blu-ray reviews, which is updated on a near-daily basis. Many suggestions — and warnings — reside there.

This weekend, you have absolutely no excuse not to see something.  —Rod Lott

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