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Topic: Blu-Ray

Mr. Nice

One wishes it were meaner and leaner.


Rod Lott
"Mr. Nice" is a little too true to its title. Had the film had more balls, it might have made a stronger impression. Based upon the real-life exploits of Howard Marks, writer/director Bernard Rose tracks the smart Welsh lad's sharp-angled trajectory from bullied sissy boy to major worldwide player in the drug-smuggling trade.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A Little Help

Jenna Fischer needs no 'Help,' giving a range-widening performance.


Rod Lott
Although "A Little Help" tries to make us believe it has presented "The Office"'s Jenna Fischer unattractive — as if! — the dramedy is worth seeing, assuming your expectations are kept reasonably in check.
Friday, October 21, 2011

Fringe: The Complete Third Season / Supernatural: The Complete Sixth Season / Nikita: The Complete First Season

For genre fans, entertainment is totally tubular.

Television series

Rod Lott
Thank God for networks like Fox and The CW, because on the Big Three, shows like "Fringe," "Supernatural" and "Nikita" would have been canceled by now, if ever given a chance to air at all. By appealing to a smaller audience — but that most highly coveted youth audience — edgier fare can flourish without having to pull monster ratings.
Friday, October 28, 2011

The Cannonball Run

It’s the Burt that hurts.


Rod Lott
In my tween days, 1981’s “The Cannonball Run” played HBO so often, one would think the cable channel had been taken over by Dom DeLuise. My brothers and I watched it with seemingly every airing.
Friday, October 28, 2011

The Stool Pigeon

Not your average bird in the Hong Kong coop.


Rod Lott
Asian film enthusiasts swear by "The Stool Pigeon," a critically acclaimed Hong Kong hit from last year. While I've now watched Well Go USA's Blu-ray release of it three times now, it strikes me as not spectacular, but certainly a more-than-serviceable exercise in action and suspense.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Maniac Cop

You have the right to see this cult classic of crime.


Rod Lott
Why won't anyone believe poor detective Frank McCrae (Tom Atkins, "Halloween III: Season of the Witch") that the recent nighttime slayings around New York City are the work of a cop?
Friday, November 4, 2011

Water for Elephants

Dung for you.


Rod Lott
What seemed exciting in Sara Gruen's best-selling novel plays flat in the painful "Water for Elephants," a wretchedly written and overwrought drama that leaps to the top of my list of the year's worst films.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Family Tree / Father of Invention

Don't we get enough of this crap at home?


Rod Lott
No more comedies about quirky, dysfunctional families, please — at least those in which the entire point is that said families are dysfunctional and quirky. That goes double if they go straight to video.
Monday, November 21, 2011

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Not to be confused with that one Green Day song.


Rod Lott
Oddball German director Werner Herzog (“Rescue Dawn”) has done everything but, oh, make a 3-D documentary about spelunking. Scratch that — here’s the alternately weird and wonderful “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” now on Blu-ray after a hit theatrical run.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Life Above All

In this drama, the impact of AIDS is rarely stated, but often heard.


Phil Bacharach
AIDS is rarely mentioned in “Life, Above All.” It’s referred to obliquely — a “bug,” “the other thing” — but its grim presence is always felt. When a character finally does call it by name, late in the movie, the effect is startling.
Monday, November 28, 2011