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Ishtar

Don't believe the hype.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Telling the truth can be dangerous business, but here goes: Time slowly is proving me correct in my long-held assertion that Ishtar is a funny movie. Believe it.
 
Thursday, August 15, 2013

Dark Angel

The high-def release comes in peace.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
When did 1990's I Come in Peace become Dark Angel? More importantly, why? Did some porno cop its title? Now people will confuse it with that one TV series Jessica Alba did for James Cameron before she became a movie star.
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Flying Fists of Kung Fu / Kickin’ It Shaolin Style

Get your kicks.


Action

Rod Lott
Mill Creek Entertainment, the DVD format’s current reigning master of the budget box set, has unleashed two separate martial-arts collections in Flying Fists of Kung Fu and Kickin’ It Shaolin Style. Containing 12 films apiece from the late 1970s and early ’80s, they account for 34 hours and 50 minutes of your potential viewing time in all.
 
Sunday, August 11, 2013

Ultimate Gangsters Collection: Classics

Proof that crime does pay!


Drama

Rod Lott
I'm ready to proclaim Ultimate Gangsters Collection: Classics as the set to get for 2013. Both a crash course into the golden age of the cinematic criminal and a time capsule of black-and-white badassery, the five-disc Blu-ray package is infinitely rewarding.
 
Friday, August 9, 2013

Rapture-Palooza

This is also the end.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Amid a spate of end-of-the-world comedies this year, The Office vet Craig Robinson has starred in two of them, the hit This Is the End and the under-the-radar Rapture-Palooza. Both have as many dick jokes as comedian cameos, yet only Rapture-Palooza — a truly terrible title, that — bears the secret weapon of Anna Kendrick.
 
Thursday, August 8, 2013

Street Trash

Now every day can be garbage day.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Street Trash is a semipolitical horror comedy that pulls out all the stops in an all-out effort seemingly to offend as many viewers as possible. Personally, I think that’s a good thing.
 
Thursday, August 8, 2013

My Amityville Horror

Arguably better than most of the sequels (and definitely the remake).


Documentary

Rod Lott
Daniel Lutz doesn't like people to know he's one of the children who lived through The Amityville Horror — as Jay Anson's best-selling book and subsequent smash movie called it — and yet here he is, front and center for an entire documentary on that "unfortunate gift." Be glad he gave in; My Amityville Horror is an occasionally gripping portrait of a middle-aged man still coming to terms with a terrible childhood.
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Errors of the Human Body

What sci-fi should be.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
It's too easy to compare Errors of the Human Body to the "body horror" entries on David Cronenberg's CV — too easy because it's all too apt. As much as it brings that master director to mind, the new film is original enough to stand on its own terms.
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Hatchet III

Ax and ye shall receive.


Horror

Rod Lott
Hatchet III posits that a man whose face has been turned to raw meat can get right back up and walk around as if nothing happened. Then he gets chainsawed into even halves, yet even that fails to faze him.
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013

X-Ray / Schizoid

Prognosis: 178 minutes of frightful fun.


Horror

Rod Lott
Continuing its reissues of finely aged cheese from the Cannon Films vault, Shout! Factory presents a welcome double feature of silly-ass slashers in 1982’s X-Ray and 1980’s Schizoid.
 
Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Olympus Has Fallen

And it can't get up!


Action

Rod Lott
As Aaron Eckhart grows angry and Morgan Freeman pulls strings from the sidelines, a possibly crazy but altogether decent man dishes out some superheroic justice to save the city. The result is an excellent movie, arguably the best of the year.
 
Saturday, August 3, 2013

Oblivion

Cruise into a dystopian future.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Oblivion marks the second Tom Cruise vehicle in a row — Jack Reacher being the first — to underperform at the box office and underwhelm critics, yet turns out to be not bad. Not bad at all! (Scientology backlash? Signs point to “yes.”)
 
Friday, August 2, 2013

Bert Stern: Original Madman

Our snap judgment: See it!


Documentary

Rod Lott
For someone who claims to be so uncomfortable in front of the camera, Bert Stern never shuts up in Original Madman, the documentary about him. And I'm sure glad he didn't, as the story of his life is a must-absorb for anyone interested in film, fashion, photography, art, design, advertising, popular culture, counterculture ... oh, hell, let's say American history in general.
 
Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Guillotines

Not very sharp.


Action

Rod Lott
Everyone knows — or they do now — that the greatest gimmick in the history of martial-arts movies is the titular weapon of Master of the Flying Guillotine. Therefore, one could surmise that the more retractable blades whizzing through the air, the better, right?
 
Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec

‘Extraordinary,’ indeed!


Action

Rod Lott
How ironic that un film par Luc Besson — the Frenchman behind such action smashes as the Taken and The Transporter series, among others — would fail to play American theaters, yet that’s what happened with The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec. The 2010 adventure finally sees the light of day on these shores from Shout! Factory; its absence from our multiplexes is not indicative of its quality.
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
 
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