Neither a chain of spice stores nor a Food Network program, The Seasoning House is a bleak-as-nuclear-winter thriller set during the Balkan conflict of the 1990s. A deaf girl named Angel (Brit teen Rosie Day) is taken from her home by soldiers who shoot her mother dead.
Paul Schrader’s The Canyons opens and closes with a montage of abandoned movie theaters. For this film in particular, that choice strikes one as symbolic in several ways: not only as a comment on the state of the industry, but on the state of The Canyons itself. You’re unlikely to find many 2013 films this empty.
What's a director of classic musicals doing in science fiction? Making Saturn 3, one of the worst of the genre Hollywood made in the immediate post-Star Wars / Alien era. Stanley Donen (Singin' in the Rain) takes to it about as well as you'd expect; he's in over his head.
Military marksman Col. Jim McQuade (Gregory Hines, Running Scared) is called into top-secret duty to neutralize a surveillance robot gone haywire in San Francisco. It won't be easy, because for one thing, the android is undetectable from a human. For another, it has a built-in nuclear bomb that will detonate upon imminent threat.
I plead guilty: My friends and I have goofed around with a camcorder before and made stupid movies, but we were smart enough to know that no one outside ourselves would think they were funny. If only the makers of Caesar and Otto's Deadly Xmas realized the same.
In the third week of this current year, Oklahoma Gazette’s “Hey! Do This” section threw the ink spotlight on the live-action film “Gantz,” which was screening for a single showing on a single night at a single theater, the Hollywood Spotlight 14 in Norman.
As we wrote, “The sci-fi actioner concerns the recently deceased having to hunt and kill aliens using futuristic weaponry. We’re so there!”
And we were there, amid a near sold-out crowd, but boy, did that plot description barely scratch the surface! This movie was insane, and you missed it!
Not to fear, however: New People Entertainment has announced the release of “Gantz,” based on a Japanese manga, for DVD and Blu-ray on Aug. 30. That’s less than four weeks from now, friends!
The double-disc set will feature the unrated cut, dialogue options for Japanese and English, an interview with director Shinsuke Sato and glorious trailers. Easily, the movie was the most outrageous theatrical experience I’ve had all year, so I look forward to seeing it again (but not quite as much as I look forward to the upcoming sequel, “Gantz II: Perfect Answer). —Rod Lott