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Samson & Delilah

Down and out in Down Under.


Drama

Rod Lott
Samson & Delilah portrays a community so minute, so insular and so far removed from ours, it may as well be science fiction. Neither a documentary nor a remake of Cecil B. DeMille’s 1949 biblical epic, this Cannes Film Festival honoree depicts the dull, dreary life among dwellers of the Central Australian desert.
 
Friday, November 15, 2013

The Eyes of Charles Sand

The 'Eyes' have it. Kind of.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
At the exact moment of his elderly uncle's fatal heart attack in the middle of the night, Charles Sand (Peter Haskell, The Phantom of Hollywood) has a dream of the family member in a coffin. This is Charles' first inclination he has been given the gift of "The Sight." Or is it a curse? 
 
Friday, November 15, 2013

Grabbers

Will it reach out and grab ya?

 
Friday, November 15, 2013

Clear History

Curb your enthusiasm.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Technically, Larry David may not be playing "Larry David" in Clear History, but let's not kid ourselves. The made-for-HBO movie might as well be a Very Special Episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm — it has the beats, the rhythms, the observational improvisation, the happy-go-lucky music, the lisps of J.B. Smoove and, of course, Larry David doing Larry David. The guy has the range of a Playskool walkie-talkie, but hey, can't that be enjoyable for a while? 
 
Friday, November 15, 2013

Black Devil Doll from Hell / Tales from the Quadead Zone

Must be seen to be believed.


Horror

Rod Lott
Thanks to Massacre Video, the films of Chester Novell Turner are preserved for future generations, no longer in danger of disappearing as VHS tape deteriorates with age.
 
Friday, November 8, 2013

Bounty Killer

The future looks foxy.


Action

Rod Lott
Ever since I saw Bitch Slap in 2009, I've been on the lookout for another comedic actioner featuring an inordinately sexy woman doing inordinately masculine things. So far, the closest I've found is the new Bounty Killer.
 
Friday, November 8, 2013

Passion

Dressed to swill.


Thriller

Rod Lott

I eagerly await Brian De Palma's comeback. A finely composed disappointment, Passion is not it.


 
Friday, November 8, 2013

Lovelace

Only skin 'Deep.'


Drama

Rod Lott
In telling the story of X-rated superstar Linda Lovelace, the biopic Lovelace poses an interesting structure. Its first half makes her brief pornographic life seem like it's all bells and fireworks; only after 45 minutes pass do co-directors Rob Epstein and Jeffery Friedman go back to fill in details conveniently glossed over, casting a rather ominous veil over what we've already seen.
 
Friday, November 8, 2013

Girl Most Likely

'Girl,' corrupted.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Among the principal creatives of Girl Most Likely, five of them are Academy Award nominees of this millennium, which makes the film's failure all the more worrisome. 
 
Friday, November 8, 2013

Killer Holiday / Murder University

Slash equals trash.


Horror

Rod Lott
Think of all the critical evisceration that the Friday the 13th movies endured in their time. Yet they're high art compared to two recent slasher "homages," the low-budget Killer Holiday and the no-budget Murder University.
 
Friday, November 1, 2013

The Big Bus

Get on the 'Bus,' Gus


Comedy

Rod Lott
Beating Airplane! to the punch — but not to pop-culture relevance — by four years was the 1976 disaster spoof, The Big Bus. Only two of the four Airport adventures had taken off at the time and were quite popular, so it's possible audiences at the time didn't have the sense of humor about it as they would today. 
 
Friday, November 1, 2013

Grave secrets

What are you doing on Halloween? A documentary on Night of the Living Dead is coming to get you, Barbra.


Documentary

Rod Lott

Birth of the Living Dead / Night of the Living Dead
7:30 p.m. Thursday
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch
okcmoa.com
236-3100
free-$9

 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Byzantium

Vampirism: like mother, like daughter.


Horror

Rod Lott

Neil Jordan has dabbled in the world of vampires before, in 1994's blockbuster Interview with the Vampire. Personally, I didn't think much of it, but Byzantium, virtually unseen on these shores, is lovely. Oh, it's gory, too, but lovely in that visually sumptuous style for which Jordan is known, making IFC Films' Blu-ray a feast for the eyes.

 
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A Hijacking

Again with the pirates?


Thriller

Rod Lott
As Tom Hanks sails toward the award season aboard Captain Phillips, do not overlook Denmark's A Hijacking, another (but different) true-life tale of Somali pirates and an unfortunate ship held hostage. The 2012 Danish film has been imported by Magnolia Pictures to Blu-ray.  
 
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

My Name Is Nobody

All good, no bad, no ugly.


Western

Rod Lott
Thanks to his Academy Award-winning swan song of On Golden Pond, we don't automatically associate Henry Fonda with Westerns, but the legendary actor made nearly two dozen of them, perhaps none more more memorable than Sergio Leone's 1968 epic, Once Upon the Time in the West.
 
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
 
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