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Topic: dvd reviews

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

Less hip-hop, more history.


Documentary

Matt Carney
One of those bywords of documentary filmmaking, a film’s objectivity often gets debated more vigorously than its merit or artistry.
 
Monday, January 30, 2012

Period of Adjustment / Tall Story

Before she was a serious actress, Jane Fonda was seriously fun.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Now available from Warner Archive, 1962's "Period of Adjustment," is very much of its time: one where people would "drink a bicarb" for sour stomachs, where spouses slept in separate beds, where Jane Fonda was quite the cutie, despite near-beehive hair.
 
Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Take Shelter

The thinking man’s ‘Twister’ is one of last year’s underseen gems.


Drama

Rod Lott
Rain the color and viscosity of fluids found in barrels at Jiffy Lube falls from the sky in the opening moments of the indie drama “Take Shelter,” serving as a dark harbinger of things to come.
 
Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Point Blank

Yet another French thriller arrives perfectly on-target.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Not since 2006’s “Tell No One” has a foreign-born thriller overtaken my pulse as handily as Fred Cavayé’s “Point Blank.” Both hail from France. Neither is a hunk of fromage. In fact, they put American thrillers to shame.
 
Wednesday, February 1, 2012

30 Rock: Season 5

Still TV’s snappiest half-hour.


Television series

Rod Lott
Since moving homes roughly a year ago, my whole life got thrown for a loop. One notable, although not Earth-shattering bit of fallout was not being able to watch “30 Rock” every week. My schedule forced me to wait for the DVD set.
 
Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Whitechapel: The Ripper Returns

A ripping good British crime series.


Television series

Rod Lott
London authorities’ golden boy Joe Chandler inherits a whopper of an investigation in his new position as DI (that stands for “Detective Inspector,” you Yanks): a young woman’s murder whose details appear to mirror those of one of Jack the Ripper’s victims in his infamous 1880s spree.
 
Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas

They wish you a raunchy Christmas in this happy new year.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Although the holidays are officially a month in the rearview mirror, the 19th greatest Christmas story ever told — according to co-star Thomas Lennon, at least — is brand-new to Blu: "A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas," the third chapter in the unlikely comedy franchise of two best-bud stoners.
 
Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Devil's Rock

Thud.


Horror

Rod Lott
On the eve of D-Day, British soldiers Capt. Grogan (Craig Hall, "30 Days of Night") and Sgt. Tane (Karlos Drinkwater, TV's "Spartacus") successfully maneuver through mines to infiltrate a cavernous Forau Island fortress that could be on the cover of Architectural Digest, if only the magazine printed an issue devoted to the homes of satanic creatures.
 
Friday, February 3, 2012

The Dead

If you thought TV's 'The Walking Dead' was slow ...


Horror

Rod Lott
Recently, I bought an issue of a UK film magazine whose cover story counted down the 66 best zombie movies ever made. Perched at No. 31 was Howard and Jonathan Ford's "The Dead" — a damned strong showing for two Brit brothers whose previous pair of pictures didn’t even make a blip.
 
Tuesday, February 7, 2012

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation — Grave Danger

Whooooo are you? Quentin Tarantino.


Television series

Rod Lott
In inversion relation to his relationship with film, Quentin Tarantino's track record in television has been less than stellar.
 
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
 
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