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Topic: blu-ray

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Iron Man vs. Lane Pryce in an average sequel.


Action

Rod Lott
Robert Downey Jr. reprises his other franchise role — the Golden Globe-winning one — as popular culture's arguably most popular detective of all time in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. To shortcut things, whatever you thought of Downey's first go-round in 2009, you're likely to have the same feelings about this 2011 sequel.
 
Monday, June 11, 2012

Crime Does Not Pay: The Complete Shorts Collection (1935-1947)

Look who broke out of obscurity jail.


Drama

Rod Lott
Coming presumably from the deepest, darkest, dankest corner of Warner Archives’ basement, right by the leaky pipe from which hangs an opossum about to give birth, comes a true obscurity: Crime Does Not Pay: The Complete Shorts Collection (1935-1947).
 
Monday, June 25, 2012

God Bless America

‘God Bless’ Bobcat Goldthwait for making this savage satire.


Comedy

Rod Lott
With God Bless America, writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait slices a wound on our country's collective stupidity, then wrings a lemon wedge into its opening. Too bad his targets aren't likely to watch it on purpose. And if they did, they're less likely to get the joke. Their loss.
 
Monday, June 25, 2012

Sound of Noise

Breaking the law never sounded so sweet.


Comedy

Rod Lott
One man's symphony is another's pollution, and to police inspector Amadeus Warnebring (Bengt Nilsson), head of the department's anti-terrorism unit, no music is good music. Although coming from a family of musicians, he's tone-deaf. Notes make his ears bleed, literally.
 
Monday, June 25, 2012

New York Stories

One outta three ain’t bad, when that one is Scorsese.


Drama

Rod Lott
I have fond memories of seeing John Ritter in Blake Edwards’ 1989 sex comedy, Skin Deep, in theaters ... because right after it was over, two friends and I snuck into the movie we really wanted to see: another newcomer, New York Stories.
 
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Freak Dance


Comedy

Rod Lott
It pains me to say that Freak Dance, a film from the Upright Citizens Brigade comedy troupe, isn't much better than the Wayans brothers' dreadful 2009 Dance Flick. Both parody dance-off movies (duh), but only one earned a nationwide theatrical release. Freak Dance's DVD debut comes two years after its completion; it's not that bad, but yeah, it's bad.
 
Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Hunter

Catch a tiger by his Dafoe.


Drama

Rod Lott
Forgive the bland title; The Hunter stands tall as a terrific thriller from Down Under, arguably three-fourths excellent.
 
Thursday, June 28, 2012

Bullhead

A drama with balls about a guy with none.


Drama

Rod Lott
One of this year's Academy Award nominees for Best Foreign Language Film, the Belgian drama Bullhead does nothing to change the public perception that the category's entrants wear perpetual frowns. After all, its protagonist so clearly, so early, states his life's motto: "You're always fucked."
 
Thursday, June 28, 2012

American Animal

If he were my roomie, I’d be on trial for murder now.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Here now, a list of things that the protagonist (antagonist?) of American Animal does over the course of the film:
 
Friday, June 29, 2012

21 Jump Street

For a good time, 'Jump' on it.


Comedy

Rod Lott
To enjoy 21 Jump Street, one need not have been a fan of the 1987-91 Fox TV series of the same name. You might even enjoy the film more if you hated the show, notable only for making Johnny Depp a star. While not an outright parody per se, the action comedy does poke fun at how ridiculous the series' premise was.
 
Saturday, June 30, 2012
 
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