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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1

And stumbles.


Action

Rod Lott
In 1986, writer and artist Frank Miller changed the comic-book industry forever with the four-issue series that became the graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns. Its sour disposition and gritty attitude was arguably the darkest depiction of Batman the world had seen, paving the way for the caped crusader’s move to big-screen blockbuster three years later.
 
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Hostel / Hostel: Part II

Hurt so good.


Horror

Rod Lott
Few critics are unable to see through the violence and admit there's a real artfulness at work in Eli Roth's pair of Hostel films, both now available in their unrated director's cuts on a single, budget-priced Blu-ray from Mill Creek Entertainment.
 
Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Barrens

Something in Jersey is more demonic than Snooki.


Horror

Rod Lott
In a post-Saw world, Darren Lynn Bousman quietly has been making a series of horror films more in line with scary movies of the 1970s than the torture-porn genre he helped usher in. Already this year, DVD has brought us his superlative Mother's Day remake and the low-key demonic pic 11-11-11, and now The Barrens. It's just too bad they've all been denied wide theatrical releases.
 
Monday, October 1, 2012

Peace, Love & Misunderstanding

You'll want to punch a hippie.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
Nothing can bring out one’s inner Richard Nixon like a flight of baby-boomer whimsy that rubs your nose in 1960s nostalgia. Peace, Love & Misunderstanding, a gentle-minded paean to the Woodstock generation, might just make you want to punch a hippie.
 
Monday, October 1, 2012

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?: Anniversary Edition

She's on Blu-ray, for starters.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Considered the granddaddy — er, make that grandmama — of psycho-biddy flicks, 1962's What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? pits two old-Hollywood legends against one another, with Bette Davis and Joan Crawford as the snarling Hudson sisters.
 
Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Iron Sky

The empire Reichs back.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
It's 2018, and a U.S. president who looks uncannily like Sarah Palin sends a black man to the moon in a bid for re-election. The American lunar module lands on the dark side of the moon — you know, where the Transformers live — and finds an enormous Nazi outpost that's been there since Hitler's plan for world domination failed.
 
Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Searching for Sugar Man

One sweet rockumentary.


Documentary

Phil Bacharach
This is a golden age of documentaries, and I don’t mean the propagandistic variety via Michael Moore or 2016: Obama’s America. Given the pervasive timidity and lack of imagination in Hollywood today, film buffs are well advised to take stock of documentaries, where the most gripping stories are being told.
 
Monday, October 8, 2012

Chained

Won’t quite your attention hostage.


Thriller

Rod Lott
I'll be a lifelong Boxing Helena cheerleader, so it was with tempered enthusiasm that I greeted Jennifer Lynch's Chained.
 
Monday, October 8, 2012

Back from Hell

'Hell' is hell.


Horror

Rod Lott
This being the Halloween season, odds are many a found-footage film will be watched over the next several weeks. How to choose between so many? Allow me to help ever so slightly: Steer clear of Back from Hell.
 
Monday, October 8, 2012

Hypothermia

Left me cold.


Horror

Rod Lott
There's a lot to be said for horror films that use their low budgets as a positive thing. Hypothermia, however, isn't one of them — a shame, because its producers have excelled elsewhere, with Stake Land, The House of the Devil and especially The Innkeepers.
 
Monday, October 8, 2012
 
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