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Topic: Naked

No Mercy

No, but thanks.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Straight out of South Korea, No Mercy shows exactly that. But too bad it's only for the first act.
 
Friday, July 27, 2012

The Last Challenge / The Hanging Tree

Fairly nice shootin', Tex.


Western

Rod Lott
Two Westerns from the days when Hollywood relied on them pull into the DVD-R outpost from Warner Archive. Neither is essential, but its wide landscapes and reliable tropes make for comfortable-enough watching.
 
Monday, July 30, 2012

Above Suspicion: Set 1

It’s no mystery what makes this series great.


Television series

Rod Lott
As beloved as Lynda La Plante’s long-running crime series Prime Suspect is, her Above Suspicion deserves equal adoration. It’s another example of how the British leave viewers wanting more, rather than taking the American approach of burning them out, because the first two seasons — all seven episodes between them — come collected on Acorn Media’s two-disc Set 1. This leaves two more seasons as yet unreleased, so I pray we see a Set 2 soon down the pipe.
 
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
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It’s a mystery ...

Ssshhhh! Secret blockbuster to screen for charity next week.

One of summer’s most-anticipated films yet to be released is screening early for charity, and you’re invited! Just don’t expect what to know for sure what you’re seeing until the lights go down.

At 6 p.m. Aug. 7 at Harkins Bricktown Cinemas, 150 E. Reno, Citizens Caring for Children hosts “A Night at the Movies.” For a $50 ticket, not only do you gain admission, but get treated to hors d’oevures (or “snacks,” if you don’t speak fancy), drinks, popcorn, swag bags and the opportunity to take part in a silent auction featuring movie memorabilia.

It’s all for a good cause, as CCC is a nonprofit organization that provides shoes, clothes, books, school supplies and more to Oklahoma foster children. All proceeds from the event directly benefit the organization, so call 753-4099 or visit citizenscaringforchildren.org to secure your ticket.

But to play detective, if the “pre-screening of one of this summer's blockbuster hits” claim is legit, my money’s on The Bourne Legacy, for three reasons:
1. The movie opens three days later.
2. There's a press screening of Legacy scheduled at Harkins that night.
3. One of its producers, Frank Marshall, is no stranger to doing good deeds for Oklahoma charities. Remember when he brought Matt Damon to town for the premiere of the last Bourne movie?

Hey, that’s just my guess. I possess no insider knowledge. If I’m wrong, then my alternate pick is ParaNorman, because I can’t picture a charity going gung-ho for The Expendables 2. As cool as that would be. —Rod Lott

by Rod Lott 08.01.2012 2 years ago
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Wolf trap

Burlesque performers seek to seduce, entice and tease attendees to Adéle Wolf’s unique variety show.

 
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
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Greetin’ Keaton

Four-time Academy Award nominee Diane Keaton is headed to the Civic Center.

Well, la-di-dah, la-di-dah: Oscar-winning actress Diane Keaton — star of such classics as Annie Hall, The Godfather trilogy and Reds — is coming to Oklahoma City. Next month, she’ll serve as the keynote speaker at Integris Health’s 26th annual Women’s Health Forum.

According to a press release, Keaton “will reveal how to be fearless.” (My educated-guess answer: Have millions of dollars to fall back on.)

The event is free, but reservations are required, at 951-2277, and you know this will fill up fast. Her speech is slated for 5 p.m. Sept. 9 at Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker. —Rod Lott

Hey! Read This:
Annie Hall Blu-ray review    

by Rod Lott 08.03.2012 2 years ago
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It’s a TV-on-DVD summer spectacular!

Featuring five shows worth the purchase ... and two that aren't.


Television series

Rod Lott
I don’t watch a ton of TV shows while they’re airing. With a few exceptions, I wait for the DVD and/or Blu-ray sets so I can go on marathons — the only kind of marathons in which I’ll ever participate. Here are capsule reviews of seven such recent tubular trips.
 
Friday, August 3, 2012

Kill List

Killing, chilling.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Kill List is not your ordinary, average hit-man thriller — it’s an excellent one. The UK film skirts into areas of horror before plunging in at the end, but maintaining an uncompromising level of excellence throughout. It's a strong candidate for that year-end best list. That said, its subject matter will prove to be too much for most to take.
 
Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Hunger Games

Not bad — just bland.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
My opinion means absolutely squat on The Hunger Games, a massive hit on a global scale. Even those who didn't see it in theaters will want to out of curiosity's sake, like I did, just to see what all the fuss is about. I completely understand.
 
Monday, August 13, 2012

Forté’s forte

Music has existed within Tulsa singer-songwriter Fiawna Forté almost as long as she has.


Music

Joshua Boydston
Fiawna Forté with Honeylark
10 p.m. Friday
Blue Note Lounge
2408 N. Robinson
thebluenotelounge.com
600-1166
$5
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
 
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