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Topic: Ray

The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh

Do not watch it while home alone.


Horror

Rod Lott
Many deadCENTER Film Festivals ago, one of the entries I was assigned to review in advance was the suspense short The Eyes of Edward James, the debut of writer/director Rodrigo Gudiño. It chilled me to the bone.
 
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Way, Way Back

Although pleasant, this dramedy works too hard to offer so little.


Drama

Zach Hale
If there’s any type of movie unlikely to offend, it’s usually the coming-of-age story. Films with a relatable central character are more likely to instill a heavy rooting interest in its audience, as we empathize with the protagonist as the story unfolds.
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Evil Dead

Major-studio horror doesn’t get much better — or bloodier!


Horror

Rod Lott
From the prologue of Evil Dead, it’s evident this is not your everyday, note-for-note, beat-for-beat horror remake. In fact, it joins that select group of remakes that stand on their own while remaining respectful of their source, i.e. The Fly, The Blob, The Thing (John Carpenter's, mind you) and Dawn of the Dead.
 
Wednesday, July 17, 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

Detention of the Dead / The Demented

They put the “Zzzzz” in “zombies.”


Horror

Rod Lott
Ten years ago, we didn’t have enough zombie movies. Now, we have too many of them, which might not be a problem if most weren’t so bland and unimaginative. Detention of the Dead tries — not too hard, mind you — to distinguish itself by being a comedy. Technically, I suppose it is; in execution, it fails.
 
Friday, July 19, 2013

RED 2

Better dead than ‘RED.’


Action

Zach Hale
Nobody in their right mind would mistake 2010's RED for high art. The film was a harmless, mildly entertaining caricature of a summer blockbuster that provided a fair amount of laughs and a hefty amount of explosions. Any notion of plot played second fiddle to graphic absurdity, but it at least bumbled about with a little bit of charm and charisma.
 
Monday, July 22, 2013

Black Rock

This ‘Rock’ is semisolid.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Strangely, Katie Aselton of TV's extraordinarily funny The League is better at crafting thrillers than comedies. Her directorial debut, 2010's The Freebie, was insufferable mumblecore. Black Rock finds her taking a headlong leap into suspense, and while it's so-so, growth is growth.
 
Monday, July 22, 2013

The Incredible Melting Man

A trash classic lands on Blu-ray.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
In the trash classic The Incredible Melting Man, the titular creature — aka astronaut Steve West (Alex Rebar), returned home from a botched mission to Saturn as a walking pile of goo — claims his first victim less than 10 minutes after the MGM lion roars, but only after he's given a nurse such a shock that she jumps through a glass door. What’s not to love?
 
Monday, July 22, 2013

The Kentucky Fried Movie

“I'm not wearing any pants. Film at 11.”


Comedy

Rod Lott
John Landis and the team of David Zucker/Jim Abrahams/Jerry Zucker may have made better movies directly afterward (National Lampoon's Animal House and Airplane!, respectively), but that's not to deny 1977's The Kentucky Fried Movie its rightful place in the all-time comedy canon. A career-launcher for all four, the scrappy Sketch Movie That Could holds up splendidly — in laughs, not fashions — in its Blu-ray debut.
 
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Welcome to the Punch

Lands a weak ‘Punch.’


Thriller

Rod Lott
Overlook the confounding title of Welcome to the Punch; it's the least of the British film's troubles. And that's too bad, because its rip-roaring opening chase had its hooks in me tight.
 
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
 
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