Sci-Fi Rod Lott
Cinema’s current master of disaster, Roland Emmerich (2012), produced but did not write or direct Hell, a post- apocalyptic film smaller in scope than what the man is used to, yet better crafted.
Sex, symphonies and slapstick — all key to Ken Russell’s cult classic.
Comedy Rod Lott
Ken Russell was either a genius or a madman, but more likely both. The
iconoclastic filmmaker made movies that were loved by many — Tommy, Altered States, The Devils, Crimes of Passion — but despised by many, many more. Regardless of your opinion of them, one cannot deny they are different.
Rock Joshua Boydston
Yukon’s Fablecar seems to have emerged from whatever year the Pixies and U2 would have crossed paths with David Bowie. It’s a big, ambitious, self-titled debut, one that stands tall more often than falling flat. Even the missteps are forgivable, as it’s refreshing to hear a young band take a swing at something wholly original.
Comedy Rod Lott
Don't call them "zombies" — call them "dissidents." That's one of a few
well-aimed bits of political satire that populate the Spanish-language
romp Juan of the Dead, but worry not: They're used sparingly and none come heavy-handed — a Castro polemic, this isn't.
The women of 'The Chapman Report' are as uncomfortable talking about sex as they are having it.
Drama Rod Lott
Judging by the 1962 portrayed by The Chapman Report,
everybody smoked cigarettes, LPs of poetry readings were a hot
commodity, and the female orgasm had yet to be invented. While this film
from legendary old-Hollywood director George Cukor (My Fair Lady) was determined to be earnest and serious in its time, it's quite a hoot today.
Action Rod Lott
Directed by Dante Lam (The Stool Pigeon), the action-thriller The Viral Factor
revolves around the world’s last two surviving samples of the smallpox
virus, one of which is an arm’s length away from being used to develop a
biological weapon to unleash of five of the world’s seven continents.
Television series Rod Lott
Sins and sons — those are the driving themes for the sixth season of Dexter,
arguably the anchor of the Showtime cable network. Dexter Morgan
(Michael C. Hall in his Golden Globe-winning role) is a Miami Metro PD
forensics analyst who moonlights as a serial killer of serial killers.
Thriller Rod Lott
Beer brewing can be a risky business. Consider Alfred Heineken: In 1983,
the CEO of the Dutch corporation that bears his name was kidnapped and
held for a sizable ransom, all of which is dramatized in the near-epic
film The Heineken Kidnapping. It's more engrossing than its generic title lets on.