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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


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

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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