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OKG Newsletter


Topic: Peter

Dragon

Starring the ever-valuable Yen.


Action

Rod Lott
Ignore the Weinsteins’ needless re-christening of the Hong Kong film Wu Xia as the ever-generic Dragon. The important thing is that director Peter Chan (The Love Letter) has made not only one of the better martial-arts pictures of the new millennium thus far, but one that holds appeal to audiences not attuned to the genre.
 
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Grand Duel

To catch a Cleef.


Western

Rod Lott
Lee Van Cleef enjoyed a secondary career in Italy cranking out spaghetti Westerns, with little regard to quality. However, 1972’s Grand Duel — aka The Big Showdown — is deserving of its Grand label. No wonder Quentin Tarantino borrowed its sweeping theme song by Luis Bacalov for Kill Bill; you'll recognize it in two notes.
 
Monday, May 20, 2013

Berberian Sound Studio

A sound engineer’s job proves more frightening than the horror film on which he’s working.


Horror

Rod Lott
Berberian Sound Studio
8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch
okcmoa.com
236-3100
$6-$8

 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Under the Bed

Warning: May cure insomnia.


Horror

Rod Lott
Because monsters hiding beneath beds is a near-universal fear among children, it seems ripe for a horror movie to explore. Under the Bed does, yet provokes only yawns. That’s because the concept is best-suited for a youthful audience, à la an episode of Goosebumps, rather than an R-rated treatment. 
 
Thursday, July 25, 2013

Detective in underpants

Andy Samberg is winningly weird in Brooklyn Nine-Nine

 
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Targets

A dead-on classic.


Thriller

Rod Lott

Inspired by the dirty doings of mass murderer Charles Whitman, 1968's once-controversial Targets is the first true film directed by Peter Bogdanovich and also — I think, despite Oscar love for his '70s work — his best. It's also one of Warner Archive's finest rescues from out-of-print oblivion yet.

 
Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Corruption

Grand Moff Tarkin does Grand Guignol.


Thriller

Rod Lott
During my summer vacation, I read the new book Offbeat: British Cinema's Curiosities, Obscurities and Forgotten Gems. It's the kind of volume I have to keep paper and pen next to me while reading, because I come across a lot of titles I must see, however difficult and rare. 
 
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Resolution

It will 'meth' with your head.


Horror

Rod Lott
After receiving a video of his best friend sky-high on meth, Michael (Peter Cilella) decides to do something about it. Arriving at a ramshackle, one-room home in the woods to find Chris (Vinny Curran) babbling about birds stealing his stuff and writing a book with a stray dog, Michael offers to take Chris to rehab.
 
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Eyes of Charles Sand

The 'Eyes' have it. Kind of.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
At the exact moment of his elderly uncle's fatal heart attack in the middle of the night, Charles Sand (Peter Haskell, The Phantom of Hollywood) has a dream of the family member in a coffin. This is Charles' first inclination he has been given the gift of "The Sight." Or is it a curse? 
 
Friday, November 15, 2013

Lone Survivor

Peter Berg's Navy SEALs epic reminds us that war is hell while glorifying it, too.


Action

Phil Bacharach
Maybe it really is possible to have your cake and eat it, too. Lone Survivor, a dramatization of a real-life U.S. mission in Afghanistan that went horribly awry, somehow manages to chronicle a massacre of Navy SEALs while simultaneously transforming the experience into a fist-pumping recruitment tool.
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
 
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