OKGazette.com - Thriller http://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/articles.sec-131-1-thriller.html <![CDATA[The Inspector Lavardin Collection - A mystery must.]]> Cohen Media Group's Inspector Lavardin Collection sells itself short: The Blu-ray package includes not only the double feature denoted on its cover, but two additional films in the French mystery franchise, albeit made for the small screen rather than the large one. No matter — for film buffs, this easily is in contention as one of the best home-vid releases of 2014. ]]> <![CDATA[Holy Ghost People - Give 'Ghost' a chance.]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Confession of Murder - It's pretty good, your honor.]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Flu - Don't worry: It's not contagious.]]>

In the near future — April, to be exact — a shipping container full of illegal immigrants — one of whom is sick — leaves Hong Kong and ends up in Seoul, Korea. So does the fatal virus the coughing guy carries, leading to a pandemic and eventual citywide quarantine. 

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<![CDATA[Machine Head - Spring break is broken.]]> Once saddled with the unimaginative-but-accurate title of Spring Break Killer, the indie thriller Machine Head has several things going for it: actual direction, a location with built-in production value, a solid handle on ambience, a terrific soundtrack and it's not based on the intolerable, same-named Bush song, so omnipresent on FM radio in the mid-'90s. ]]> <![CDATA[In Fear - <i>Fear</i> itself.]]> In Fear is a British take on that hoary Hollywood premise of two 20-somethings menaced by a third. Although the film is largely improvised, viewers will notice only one new thing about it: The hipsters at its center are en route to a music festival. Had Anchor Bay Entertainment wished to exploit that fact for the Blu-ray release, it could have retitled the film Bonnarubes, Coach-hella or Glastonburied. ]]> <![CDATA[The Postman Always Rings Twice - An argument against stamping out remakes.]]> Once upon a time — 1981, I believe — Jack Nicholson was considered a sex symbol and Jessica Lange, a joke. My, how times have changed, even if the film noir that put them together, The Postman Always Rings Twice, has not. The second screen telling of James M. Cain's potboiler novel, Postman finally has comes a-knockin' on Blu-ray.]]> <![CDATA[Scorned - Hell hath ... aw, you know the rest.]]> For those who always have wanted to see Titanic cad Billy Zane have a lit cigar put out in his left ear, rejoice! Scorned is your movie.]]> <![CDATA[A Single Shot - A backwoods noir.]]> In the thriller A Single Shot, director David M. Rosenthal follows the path Sam Raimi set in the snow with 1998's A Simple Plan: one that leads blue-collar folk to misappropriated money and, ergo, evil deeds. File it under “When Bad Things Happen to Good Rednecks.”]]> <![CDATA[The Seasoning House - The weak of heart will Balk.]]> Neither a chain of spice stores nor a Food Network program, The Seasoning House is a bleak-as-nuclear-winter thriller set during the Balkan conflict of the 1990s. A deaf girl named Angel (Brit teen Rosie Day) is taken from her home by soldiers who shoot her mother dead. ]]> <![CDATA[Breaking the Girls - Boring the audience.]]> We've already seen one female Strangers on a Train rip-off this year — or at least I have — in the direct-to-DVD Kill for Me. We didn't need another, but have one anyway in IFC Films' Breaking the Girls, somehow even less remarkable despite bearing a higher pedigree.]]> <![CDATA[Passion - Dressed to swill.]]>

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


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<![CDATA[A Hijacking - <i>Again</i> with the pirates?]]> 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.  ]]> <![CDATA[Snuff - Sniff it out, brave among you. ]]> No doubt, the story behind the 1976 film Snuff is more interesting than the story within it. (I suspect that'd be the case even if Snuff's filmmakers had bothered with plot at all.) ]]> <![CDATA[Nightmare Honeymoon - Do not consummate.]]> Presented by Warner Archive in both theatrical and television versions, 1974's Nightmare Honeymoon carries the tagline "Thank heavens, it's only a movie!" — obviously inspired by The Last House on the Left's "To avoid fainting, keep repeating, it's only a movie" the year prior. Despite sharing a rape-revenge story, Nightmare Honeymoon is nothing like Last House. It's also not a horror film by any stretch of the imagination, of which it possesses none of its own.]]> <![CDATA[Static - Who's knocking at my door?]]> A knock at the door in the middle of the night? Never a good sign. Freshman director Todd Levin's Static sparks to life with one such nocturnal omen.]]> <![CDATA[The East - 'East' meets best.]]> Across her three films as an actress/writer/producer (2011’s Another Earth, 2012’s Sound of My Voice and this summer's unjustly ignored The East), Brit Marling has explored the subjects of cults, symbols, duplicates, identity and family. Remarkably, despite these recurring themes and a tonal similarity, each experience seems anew.]]> <![CDATA[Shiver - Belongs in the shi**er.]]> Shiver's box art sports a wonderfully dark-humored tagline: "She had a good head on her shoulders ... until she met him." It recalls — if not outright rips off — Re-Animator's infamous line of "Herbert West has a good head on his shoulders … and another one on his desk."

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<![CDATA[Corruption - Grand Moff Tarkin does Grand Guignol.]]> During my summer vacation, I read the new book Offbeat: British Cinema's Curiosities, Obscurities and Forgotten Gems. It's the kind of volume I have to keep paper and pen next to me while reading, because I come across a lot of titles I must see, however difficult and rare. ]]> <![CDATA[Scenic Route - Take it!]]>

Never say never, because here's something I've now said twice this year: Josh Duhamel is really good in this! He was the best thing in the much-maligned sketch comedy Movie 43, and now he dominates Scenic Route.

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