Commentary Brian Maughan
Oklahoma lawmakers have made real strides in getting smarter about
crime, and about which offenders get locked up. Recent legislation has
expanded the use of sentencing alternatives like drug courts and
community service programs.
Comedy Rod Lott
Through nearly every frame of the indie crime comedy Searching for Sonny, it is obvious that writer/director Andrew Disney's debut would not exist if not for Wes Anderson's Bottle Rocket.
That 1996 cult classic bears a quirky, amiable stamp in the way it
deals with three lovable losers, which Disney has done his best to
duplicate, right down to its distinctive beats and rhythms.
Horror Rod Lott
Until now, I had never seen the 1980 horror film Mother's Day,
but its poster art has stayed top-of-mind when I first stumbled upon
the VHS box in the early '80s, when the Sound Warehouse at Northwest
Expressway and Rockwell Avenue — may it rest in peace — started renting
movies in addition to keepin' the metro rockin' with a wide selection of
LPs and cassettes.
Oslo can you go? To the depths of man’s darkest and deadliest desires, per this fun foreign crime thriller.
Thriller Rod Lott
Compared to the continent of Europe, the rate of death by guns in
America is six times higher. You wouldn’t know it based on the current
wave of crime films from that half of the globe. Arguably kicked off by
the worldwide success of Sweden’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattootrilogy, the movies generally are ballsier and bloodier and, therefore, better.
Television series Rod Lott
Marrying Hollywood's current fairy-tale craze to the ever popular crime procedural is Grimm.
While it works on both levels, that it blends the two into a unified whole gives the concept so much fizz, as the 22 episodes
of its five-disc first season indicate. This one's perfect for marathoning.
Action Rod Lott
In the case of 1972's Sitting Target, the title refers to Pat Lomart (Jill St. John, Diamonds Are Forever), the wife of rough and rugged Harry (Oliver Reed, Gladiator).
The opening scene finds her visiting him behind bars, where he's being
held for murder. Since he's liable to get 15 years, she can't wait for
him, so she's filing for divorce.