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Shakespeare’s Globe London Cinema Series kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Cinemark Tinseltown USA, 6001 N. Martin Luther King Ave., with the comedy “The Merry Wives of Windsor.”
 
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Last Circus

Send in the clowns.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Álex de la Iglesia, Spain's clown prince of cinema, making a movie about warring clowns? It's such a natural, I'm surprised he hadn't done it before now.
 
Monday, October 10, 2011

Happy birthday, 007!

Bond goes Blu for hitting half a century.

One of cinema’s most beloved franchises — James Bond, agent 007 — celebrates 50 years of silver-screen spyin’ with “Bond 50,” a collectible box set of “all” 22 films on Blu-ray, from 1962’s “Dr. No” to 2008’s “Quantum of Solace.”

I say “all,” because it does not include 1983’s “Never Say Never Again” or 1967’s comedic “Casino Royale,” neither of which are considered part of the official 007 canon. 

Quibbling aside, what action-loving cinephile wouldn’t want to get his/her hands on that set? Although it has no official release date as of yet, it is up for pre-order. It’s safe to say “Bond 50” will hit shelves sometime around the time “Skyfall” lands in theaters, Nov. 9, with Daniel Craig making his third go-round as Bond ... James Bond. (For my money, Bond has never been better than Craig’s first outing, in 2006’s “Casino Royale.”)

The 23-disc set includes more than 130 hours of bonus features, some of which are never before seen. An extra disc is filled with brand-new content, not yet revealed. —Rod Lott

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The Viral Factor

Catch a rare opportunity for infectious Asian action on the big screen.


Action

Rod Lott
Attention, fans of Asian blockbusters: You have a rare opportunity to see one play on the big screen, when The Viral Factor opens Friday exclusively at AMC Crossroads Mall 16, 1211 E. Interstate Highway 240. Provided you’re already into the genre, it’s worth the drive.
 
Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Perdida

The weird, wild world of Mexican exploitation cinema through one family’s lens is captured in the documentary 'Perdida.'


Documentary

Rod Lott
Perdida
6 p.m. Thursday
City Arts Center
3000 General Pershing
cityartscenter.org
951-0000
free
 
Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Sooner seen

Although some 1,333 miles lay between Oklahoma City and Hollywood, you wouldn’t know it from the looks of a new exhibit celebrating the Sooner State’s contributions to cinema.


Visual Arts

Phil Bacharach
Oklahoma @ the Movies
daily
Oklahoma History Center
800 Nazih Zuhdi
okhistory.org
521-2491
$4-$7
 
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Beyond the Black Rainbow

Once you go 'Black' ...


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Prepare to have your mind violated. Beyond the Black Rainbow hardly represents conventional storytelling, but the film is an absolute visual feast. Expect sensuous rather than sense, and open-minded movie lovers will be well-rewarded.
 
Friday, October 12, 2012

'Shout' it out loud

The American Indian drama 'Shouting Secrets' imparts a universal message of family.


Features

Louis Fowler
Shouting Secrets
7:30 p.m. Thursday
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch
okcmoa.com
236-3100
$5-$8
 
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
raisinghell

‘The Devils’ made me do it

Read any good books lately? About movies, that is?

When I’m not watching movies, there are few things I like doing more than reading about them. Luckily, the weeks leading up to the holidays brought three brand-spanking-new ones to my desk for my reading and reviewing pleasure.


Should you forgo a few matinees and time from your Netflix Instant Queue to consume the words they hold within? You’ll know in a matter of minutes ...

Raising Hell: Ken Russell and the Unmaking of The Devils
Richard Crouse
ECW Press


The sign of a good “making of” book is if it’s compelling even if you’ve never seen the film whose production it documents. Such is the case with Richard Crouse’s Raising Hell, covering the shooting and subsequent public skewering of 1971’s The Devils.

While director Ken Russell (Altered States, Tommy, Lisztomania, Trapped Ashes) had his troubles with oft-blitzed leading man Oliver Reed, the real storm rolled in after the film was released. After all, would you expect a historical horror epic that combines Christianity with sexuality to be controversial? Of course!

With a mix of his own reporting and other sources, Canada-based film critic Crouse paints an intriguing portrait of the events both on-set and off. One actress quips, “Have you ever tried writhing sexually for 10 hours at a time? Try it one day. It’s not easy.” The real tumult arrived once word of its content — particularly a “rape of Christ” sequence — leaked; while branded with the X rating in England, it somehow scored an R in good ol’ America, yet that hardly resulted in big box office.

Today, Warner Bros. still hasn’t released The Devils in any post-VHS format, at least not uncensored. Other than locating a *cough* torrent *cough*, reading Crouse’s book may be the next best thing. While it’s not on the masterful level of Julie Salamon’s The Devil’s Candy, it is a fascinating read that peels back the veil on the Hollywood studio system and those mavericks who, God bless ’em, attempt to shake it up every once in a while.  

Queue Tips: Discovering Your Next Great Movie
Rob Christopher
Huron Street Press


With tens of thousands of titles available at your fingertips at home, it’s easy to forget that your local libraries are a viable outlet for renting movies. (Hell, these days, they may boast a better selection than dying dog Blockbuster Video.) I think I’ve only rented one there, because back in 2004, my wife and I needed some instructional video to teach our kids about how that bump got in Mommy’s belly. Therefore, one free VHS rental later, animation narrated by Howie Mandel taught our kids about the birds and the bees, but all I remember is him referring to the orgasm as a “really big tickle.”

That’s a roundabout way of getting to Queue Tips, a fun paperback published by an imprint of the American Library Association and edited by Chicago critic Rob Christopher.

Sticking to no particular number, he and his guests tick off recommendations for unusual romances, disaster flicks, Nicolas Cage vehicles, Westerns that aren’t Westerns, unconventional Christmas films, half-good flops and more. Novelist Barry Gifford (Wild at Heart) offers his choices for “late-night spooky films,” while Saturday Night Live vet Julia Sweeney simply discusses random titles that were on her mind.

You can build up quite a “to see” list of your own, but even if you’ve seen a majority of the works referenced, the presentation is lively enough for rediscovery. I have one big complaint: It’s too damn short! Lists about movies can be a blast, and the 24 here are just that ... but 24 is not quite enough to satiate my addiction.

Contemporary Erotic Cinema
Douglas Keesey
Kamera Books


SEX! And now that I have your attention, you might want to read an entire book about it, or at least movies that deal directly with "it," and rather frankly at that.

California film/lit professor Douglas Keesey digs through decades upon decades of blue movies and smutty skinema for flick-by-flick examinations of more than 100 examples. Divided into specific fetishes themes like incest, gay, anal or Nazis, he discusses the acts and themes present — often in all their glory — in The Reader, Porky’s, Boogie Nights and even Team America: World Police.

It's certainly not for the prude, and the full-color photo section in the middle should be kept from young, prying eyes. Speaking of eyes, I sure got some strange looks as I read the book while waiting in line to vote in the presidential election. USA! USA!

While his mini-essays can verge on the pretentious, I cannot deny reading every page. I’m just not sure I learned anything beyond what movies I can go without seeing for life, as many entries end with having raised more questions than providing any answers. Often, he literally closes with a question, i.e. “We see them in their all, but do we really know them?” or “Is the man insufficient just because the woman enjoys her own sex?”

You be the judge, I guess. It’s certainly not taxing study. —Rod Lott

Hey! Read This:
Horror Films book review     
Lisztomania DVD review   
Phallic Frenzy: Ken Russell and His Films book review    
Samurai Films book review   
Trapped Ashes DVD review   

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