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5 WTF Facts About Justin Bieber

No, really, these are true.


Music

Rod Lott
If you are a parent to a tween girl, you likely already know what I'm about to say in the next sentence. Yesterday, teen idol Justin Bieber returned to Oklahoma City to invade the Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W. Reno. But did you know these five things about the 19-year-old Biebz?
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Blood Runs Cold

Give it the ‘Cold’ shoulder.


Horror

Rod Lott
Blood indeed runs cold in Blood Runs Cold — just not yours, assuming you’re at least somewhat familiar with the rhythms and beats of the “ohmygodhesgotanaxwereallgoingtodie!” subgenre.
 
Tuesday, July 2, 2013

It’s another summer TV-on-DVD roundup!

Declare your independence from the heat with these recent recommendations!


Television series

Rod Lott
Not to mention the rest of the summer, but the Fourth of July in particular gives you a great excuse to catch up on television shows you may have missed the first time around. We’ve got seven suggestions new to Blu-ray and/or DVD to keep you and your remote cool, so let's get started! In alphabetical order ...
 
Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Enter the Dragon: 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition

Enter the greatest martial-arts film in history.


Action

Rod Lott
To karate-chop right to the chase, Enter the Dragon is the martial-arts movie to end all martial-arts movies. This comes as news to no one who has seen and enjoyed it over what now amounts to four decades. To celebrate that milestone, Warner Home Video has reissued it on Blu-ray in a handsome 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition.
 
Friday, June 28, 2013

The Tower

Flame on!


Action

Rod Lott
I have no idea how South Korea was able to get away with not calling The Tower a remake of 1974’s The Towering Inferno. What's important is that it has; this is a terrific disaster epic that marries the gargantuan concepts of the Irwin Allen era with today’s technology.
 
Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Call

Because ‘Rescue 911’ was taken.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Watching The Call was fun, and I suspect it would be even if my 13-year-old daughter weren’t screaming from fright the entire time. It’s exactly the kind of preposterous nerve-jangler Hollywood pulls off pretty well, moving so fast that it hopes you don’t notice all the holes in the plot.
 
Thursday, June 27, 2013

Crimewave

We find it guilty ... of being underseen!


Comedy

Rod Lott
I’m the weird guy who saw Sam Raimi’s Crimewave before I saw Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead. Four or five times.
 
Thursday, June 27, 2013

23:59

Time for so-so Singapore horror.


Horror

Rod Lott
What we call 11:59 p.m., those in the military call 23:59. What Singapore calls 23:59, we Americans call ... well, same thing: 23:59. Numbers tend to translate very well.
 
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Abracadaverage!


Comedy

Rod Lott
There’s nothing wrong per se with The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. It just desperately lacks the edge you know it had to have at some early stage, but lost somewhere in all the tinkering to tailor it to a widest-possible audience. Enough hints of it remain to make the movie worth a watch — perfectly agreeable, if perfectly forgettable.
 
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Come Out and Play

Who could kill a child? Don’t answer just yet ...


Horror

Rod Lott
In Come Out and Play, an arthouse-horror remake of the 1976 Spanish film Who Can Kill a Child?, a married couple on a Mexican vacation from the U.S. finds anything but R&R.
 
Monday, June 24, 2013

Jack the Giant Slayer

Fee-fi-fo-fum, why is this movie so darned ho-hum?


Action

Rod Lott
Among the recent wave of the great and powerful fairy-tale flicks, Jack the Giant Slayer may be the truest to its storybook origins, and ironically, the least to live happily after ever at the box office.
 
Saturday, June 22, 2013

Anatomy / Anatomy 2

A cut above the rest.


Horror

Rod Lott
Partly a German reaction to the Scream phenomenon of the late 1990s, the 2000 film Anatomy cast Franka Potente (then hot off Run Lola Run) as Paula, an ambitious med student in a med school more at home for psychos and nutjobs.
 
Friday, June 21, 2013

Tower Block

England has a strange concept for rent control.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Quietly — too quietly — Shout! Factory has been supplementing its lineup of tried-and-true cult classics with quirky genre offerings from overseas, like South Korea’s Quick, Denmark’s ID:A and now, albeit to a lesser degree, the UK’s Tower Block.
 
Friday, June 21, 2013

6 Souls

And not one worth saving.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Three years widowed, Dr. Cara Harding (Julianne Moore, Game Change) is a psychiatrist who meets one hell of a patient (Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Albert Nobbs) in Adam. And David. And Wesley.
 
Friday, June 21, 2013

The Best Film You've Never Seen: 35 Directors Champion the Forgotten or Critically Savaged Movies They Love — Robert K. Elder

And you will, too!


Nonfiction

Rod Lott
If nothing else, Robert K. Elder’s The Best Film You’ve Never Seen lays to rest the decades-burning question on the world’s mind: What is up with John Woo and those doves?
 
Friday, June 21, 2013
 
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