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Philo Vance Murder Case Collection

Man, that’s a lot of vintage homicide.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Following a half-dozen Perry Mason movies into the Warner Archive store are the half-dozen Philo Vance films that make up his Murder Case Collection. While S.S. Van Dine’s “dilettante detective” is nowhere near as well-known today as Erle Stanley Gardner’s attorney-at-law, this is the better set by bounds.
 
Thursday, March 7, 2013

Best in Show

Award-worthy comedy struts onto Blu-ray.


Comedy

Rod Lott
My favorite of Christopher Guest's mockumentaries is easily 2000’s Best in Show. While I think it helps to be a theater nerd to appreciate 1996’s Waiting for Guffman in full or a folk nut to opt for 2003’s A Mighty Wind, “must love dogs” is no requirement here. Love man’s best friend or hate him, the humor in Best in Show is less inside-baseball than its brothers.
 
Friday, March 8, 2013

The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia

Boo! Hiss.


Horror

Rod Lott
Let’s forgive the ridiculousness of the state-confused title that is The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia, in order to focus on the film itself.

Said film means well, yet is terrible.
 
Friday, April 5, 2013
jurassicpark3d

Still dino-mite?

For its 20th birthday, ‘Jurassic Park’ gets a 3-D coat.

To celebrate 20 years, Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park returns to theaters starting today, this time with a conversion to 3-D.

Does the 3-D add anything? No. Does the movie still work? Yes.

So ubiquitous in our current pop culture is the 1993 blockbuster that there’s no need for me to rehash its plot beyond “man clones dinosaurs.” (For kids, all one has to say is “dinosaurs,” and they’re onboard.) It’s been ages — 19 years, I’m guessing — since I last saw it before this week, and it was a pleasure to revisit its big set pieces, which have stood the test of time.

What hasn’t aged well is the film’s opening — basically, everything before chaos reigns on the theme-park island. It takes too long to get to the goods, and this chunk of time stands as Park’s weakest portion. The 3-D is not only an unnecessary addition, but actually proves problematic by spatially disorienting viewers during scenes of action. Spielberg’s frames wow enough because of how realistic the dinosaurs look (and still do); they’re not in need of the View-Master treatment.

It didn’t bother my 8-year-old, however, and I suspect he’s the real reason Universal Pictures has reopened Jurassic Park’s gates: Now, a whole generation exists that wasn’t around to see the movie when it first broke ground ... or to see 2001’s Jurassic Park III, for that matter. Certainly the studio wishes to prime this batch of youngsters so they’ll be in line for Jurassic Park IV (reportedly with Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow at the helm), and just judging from my son’s case, it’s safe to say they’ve wildly succeeded. —Rod Lott

Hey! Read This:
Safety Not Guaranteed Blu-ray review     



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Over the Rainbow

Remember Rainbow Records, once a local vinyl mecca? Take a spin through music history.


Music

Ryan LaCroix
Today’s world is a virtual playground for music lovers. There’s no shortage of avenues to learn about breaking bands, download new songs or unearth a rare track. And there is little to no effort needed to find what you want or stumble upon the unexpected.
 
Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Save the Date

I thee watch?


Drama

Rod Lott
Not yet a household name, Jeffrey Brown long has been one of America's greatest young cartoonists, garnering attention and a following by writing and drawing what he knows best: himself. The indie favorite strays from the autobiographical to the fictional in his screenplay debut, Save the Date. It's a solid first try.
 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Wicked

Will leave you not spellbound, but spellbored.


Horror

Rod Lott
When you put a little kid in danger in your first scene, as The Wicked does, I'm in. That’s a fairly bold move, and it signals that the film is going to — pardon my French — have some balls and do something different.
 
Saturday, April 27, 2013

How the West was 10

Paseo mainstay Adelante! Gallery celebrates a decade in existence with an eight-artist exhibit of Western art.


Visual Arts

Rachael Cervenka
Art of the West
6-10 p.m. Friday, noon-4 p.m. Saturday
through June 12
Adelante! Gallery
3003 Paseo
adelantegallery.com
214-587-7686
free
 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Arrested Development Documentary Project

As appetizing as a frozen banana in December.


Documentary

Rod Lott
Thanks to Netflix, we are mere days away from being able to bite into Arrested Development’s long-awaited, never-thought-it-would-happen fourth season. In the meantime, you might be inclined to consume The Arrested Development Documentary Project as an appetizer, seeing as how the documentary is now available on demand from FilmBuff.
 
Friday, May 10, 2013

The Town That Dreaded Sundown

‘Son, you got a panty on your head.’


Horror

Rod Lott
While it's not entirely successful, The Town That Dreaded Sundown represents a big step up for Charles B. Pierce, the Arkansas filmmaker who made a cinematic cryptozoological splash in 1972's unlikely hit The Legend of Boggy Creek
 
Monday, May 13, 2013
 
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