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Topic: DVD reviews

Hobo with a Shotgun

The feel-good homeless vigilante film of the year!


Action

Rod Lott
“Hobo with a Shotgun” started as a joke — specifically, as the winner of a fake trailer contest to promote the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez collaboration “Grindhouse.” For some reason, it follows “Machete,” the first faux coming attraction in “Grindhouse,” to a full-fledged feature.
 
Friday, July 8, 2011

Arthur

When you get caught between the moon and New York City, you're screwed.


Comedy

Rod Lott
If there's one good thing in the failed remake of "Arthur," it's that Hollywood can stop trying to make a leading man out of Russell Brand and move on to someone else.
 
Tuesday, July 12, 2011

13 Assassins

Samurai! Samurai! Samurai!


Action

Rod Lott
Proof that "13 Assassins" isn't your everyday Takashi Miike film: The opening scene depicts a man committing hara-kiri, and just as the sword is about to be inserted into his stomach, the director cuts away.
 
Friday, July 15, 2011

Within / The Dead and the Damned

‘Damned’ if you do.


Horror

Rod Lott
I love horror films far more than most people, but I do not, as some accuse, love them all blindly. In fact, two new to DVD are among the worst I’ve seen in the year thus far.
 
Friday, July 15, 2011

The King of Fighters

Like 'Tekken,' but ... well, like 'Tekken.'


Action

Rod Lott
Hitting video one week after "Tekken" is "The King of Fighters," and the two share an awful lot in common: The live-action films are based on video-game franchises, more or less skipped theaters, place style over substance, and flirt with unresolved daddy issues as a subplot.
 
Monday, July 18, 2011

Cracks

Go Green with this strong psychological thriller.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Eva Green hit moviegoers’ collective radar as eye candy in “The Dreamers” and “Casino Royale,” which makes her stellar performance in “Cracks” that much more remarkable.
 
Monday, July 18, 2011

Turbulent Skies

Casper the friendly actor saves a plane.


Action

Rod Lott
It’s strangely comforting that “Turbulent Skies” hasn’t an original idea in its 87 minutes.
 
Monday, July 18, 2011

The Death of Andy Kaufman

In search of ... the man on the moon.


Documentary

Rod Lott
Even as big a fan of Andy Kaufman as I am, one can’t help but be disappointed by “The Death of Andy Kaufman.”
 
Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Bio-Dead

There’s something out there. Yawn.


Horror

Rod Lott
With a pulsing score that recalls the best of John Carpenter, the blue-tinted “Bio-Dead” begins promisingly enough, as a handful of guys in hazmat suits approaches yet another seemingly abandoned building to comb for survivors, post-chem disaster.
 
Thursday, July 28, 2011

Eastbound & Down: The Complete Second Season

HBO's sauciest series scores another homer


Television series

Rod Lott
When we last saw egotistical, repulsive, overweight, rude, crude, arrogant, self-centered, self-destructive, alcoholic, weed-smoking, coke-snorting former pro baseball player Kenny Powers, he had left the love of his life on the side of the road and high-tailed it to Mexico, the no-good bum.
 
Monday, August 1, 2011
 
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