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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

Fantastic Fest: 'Underwater Love'

Turtle power!

By Rod Lott September 24th, 2011
Asked the Fantastic Fest programmer in his introduction to this film, "Are you ready for some turtle sex in the afternoon?" Hailing from Japan, "Underwater Love" bills itself as a "pink musical." For those not in the know, that refers to a popular genre in the Far East: sex movies without real sex. In other words, not porn.

Besides, the porn industry is not interested in sex on the half-shell.

Shot in one week, in-attendance director Shinji Imaoka's bizarro romance musical concerns a woman who spots a kappa, a Japanese creature, who used to be her high school classmate until he drowned. Now, two decades later, he's reborn as a kappa — specifically, a cucumber-hungry turtle man with a beak that's big, but not as big as his reproductive organs. Occasionally, the cast members break out into near-nonsensical songs, but at least said tunes are provided by awesome German band Stereo Total.

Even weirder, this shot-on-video, no-budget wonder boasts the esteemed Christopher Doyle ("Chungking Express," "Hero") as its cinematographer. You wouldn't know it while watching, but it does lend legitimacy to the film, which goes on longer than its slim story supports.

After all, once you've watched a woman climax with a turtle, where else can you go? —Rod Lott

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