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In Plain Sight: Season Three

A good crime drama, and better than 'Monk'

Television series

Rod Lott
Among USA's lineup of original programming, "Burn Notice" gets most of the heat, and "In Plain Sight" almost none. Even though the former handily bests the latter, “Sight” is still good.
Friday, March 25, 2011

In the jailhouse now

Well, that’s one way to celebrate the Fourth of July


Gazette staff
Last week in Norman, a 50-year-old man pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sell a dead bald eagle and its feathers, according to The Norman Transcript.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

‘Stop yelling, start listening'

Letters to the Editor

Brandon Wertz
In the July 27 issue of the Gazette, Marty Morelli (“The right facts”) continues this attempt to excoriate progressives using the very same tactic that he originally used in his “Hitler was a progressive” diatribe on June 29.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011

‘No excuse to cheer destruction’

Letters to the Editor

Michael Barlow
The letter by Chris Reiger (“A response to Paul Wesselhoft,” Nov. 9, Gazette) attempts to justify Arab anger against the United States, even to the extreme of cheering while America was attacked on 9/11, by blaming America’s support of Israel.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Bobby Fischer Against the World

Search for this one.


Rod Lott
It took a 20th-century American to revolutionize a 6th-century board game.
Monday, December 19, 2011

Around the world in OKC

You don’t need to span the globe to enjoy international cuisine.

Food and Drink Features

Jenn Scott

Our world’s nations have united in London for the 2012 Summer Olympics. If you can’t afford to jet off to the UK — or anywhere, for that matter — visit these local, yet worldly, houses of flavor for a taste vacation as delicious as it is economical.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Viral Factor

Warning: This Asian actioner can be infectious.


Rod Lott
Directed by Dante Lam (The Stool Pigeon), the action-thriller The Viral Factor revolves around the world’s last two surviving samples of the smallpox virus, one of which is an arm’s length away from being used to develop a biological weapon to unleash of five of the world’s seven continents.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012

‘Skate’ or die

It's a tough call.

Not that you’d notice, but here’s what’s been eating up my free time of late: As founder of The Movie Clubbed, I’ll be part of Saturday’s live skewering of Skatetown, U.S.A., an abomination of pop celluloid that was 1979’s both best and worst “rock and roller disco movie of the year!”

The details, from today’s Gazette:

"Turns out there’s a reason 1979’s Skatetown, U.S.A. has never hit VHS or DVD: It really sucks. The alleged comedy starring Scott Baio and Patrick Swayze will get a live, Mystery Science Theater 3000-style beating from The Movie Clubbed, whose members include a few Oklahoma Gazetteers, at 8 p.m. Saturday at Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch. Also to be skewered: a 1972 short by the OKC Urban Renewal Authority. Tickets are $5-$8. Call 236-3100 or visit"

This marks The Movie Clubbed’s second time at bat. The first was back in March, when we (me, Richard York, Brian Winkeler, Greg Elwell and Spencer Hicks) zapped Zardoz, the 1974 science-fiction slice of nonsense starring Sean Connery. We didn’t think we find a more painful follow-up, but we were wrong.

What’s “special” about this Skatetown screening is that the Oklahoma City Museum of Art has procured a 35mm print. That’s right: They weren’t all burned in anger. With any luck, this one will spontaneously combust as soon as we’re done with it, so buy your tickets now before they skate away. There's even an unofficial after-party at The Paramount on Film Row, for which Brian bought the Skatetown soundtrack LP off eBay. You've been warned, but see you there anyway? —Rod Lott

by Rod Lott 09.19.2012 1 year ago
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General Education



Rod Lott
If Ferris Bueller's Day Off were directed by Wes Anderson, it might resemble the coming-of-age comedy General Education.
Monday, September 24, 2012

Kill ’Em All

Morrrrrtal combatttttt!


Rod Lott
For the first 10 minutes, I wondered if Kill ’Em All weren’t a movie at all, but a collection of unrelated action vignettes — a bomb hit here, a knife throw there, fists and feet everywhere — as seemingly unrelated characters fight, but hardly speak, with no story given.
Thursday, November 29, 2012