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Topic: drugs

Supernatural Activity

The laughs have been exorcised.


Comedy

Rod Lott
It's been several years since we've gotten a good parody movie. With the release of Supernatural Activity, it's obvious we may have to wait several more. Found-footage horror is ripe for a ripping, but this one isn't it.
 
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Sorcerers

Boris Karloff gets hooked on a feeling.


Horror

Rod Lott
Boris Karloff plays one of The Sorcerers in an obscure 1967 thriller from Warner Archive. To be more precise, he’s Dr. Marcus Monserrat, “practitioner of medical hypnosis.” Yet what he and his wife (Catherine Lacey, The Lady Vanishes) really itch to try out is something more sinister.
 
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Smashed

In an intoxicating performance worthy of awards attention, Mary Elizabeth Winstead gets 'Smashed.'


Drama

Rod Lott
In a short career largely dominated with genre films — from Final Destination 3 to this past summer’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter — Mary Elizabeth Winstead always has exuded a certain something. But nothing that ever suggested the level of performance she delivers in Smashed.
 
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

V/H/S

Be kind, rewind ... or die.


Horror

Rod Lott
My problem with most found-footage films is that there's not much to them. Most can be described legitimately as an hour of buildup for one scene of payoff. When you shorten the stories, however, as is done in the horror anthology V/H/S, you have a handful of payoffs without all that pesky incidental padding.
 
Friday, December 7, 2012

The Good Doctor

It’s bad medicine.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Just six days into his residency, Dr. Martin Blake (Orlando Bloom, The Three Musketeers) already has his share of minor screw-ups: His handwriting is illegible, and he prescribed penicillin for a patient who was allergic to it.
 
Friday, December 21, 2012

Why Stop Now

Don’t even start.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Why Stop Now is a comedy that tries too hard to be a comedy. C’mon, you know the kind: Although grounded in reality, the film presents characters so quirky, they may as well come with signs around their neck to signal their stock roles, i.e. “Precocious Sibling” and “Black Sidekick.” Incidentally, this one fronts both of those examples.
 
Thursday, January 24, 2013

Game change

After several unsuccessful attempts, a state senator plans to reintroduce medical marijuana legislation this session.


News

Brendan Hoover
The fight to legalize medical marijuana in Oklahoma will continue this year, despite recent setbacks. State Sen. Constance Johnson, D-Oklahoma City, the issue’s champion since 2006, has authored two marijuana-related bills this legislative session.
 
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Black's Game

Love crime films? Play it!


Thriller

Rod Lott
Here's how I knew the Icelandic crime thriller Black’s Game was going to be great:
 
Friday, February 1, 2013

Paul Williams: Still Alive

The lover, the dreamer and me.


Documentary

Rod Lott
All the love audiences have for the Oscar-nominated Searching for Sugar Man (which I wasn't crazy about) is what I feel for Paul Williams: Still Alive.
 
Friday, February 1, 2013

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

High school was tough.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
John Hughes, for all the love people heap on his ’80s teen movies, was far too easy on high school. Maybe your high school experience was different than mine — and, if so, congrats. For many of us, however, those years were a marathon of self-pity, heartache, passion and anything else you’d find on an album by The Smiths.
 
Thursday, February 7, 2013
 
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