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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

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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