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Topic: review

The Case of the Black Parrot

Polly wanna murder mystery?


Thriller

Rod Lott
Warner Archive's packaging pegs 1941's The Case of the Black Parrot as a “classic crime thriller,” but for such a lofty status, I've never heard it uttered in the same breath as, say, The Bat or And Then There Were None. In fact, I'd never heard of it, period. No matter; the fix was easy.
 
Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Divide

Fails to conquer.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Xavier Gens' The Divide begins with a bang — a nuclear incident, to be precise — but goes out with a whimper. For a film with one of the strongest trailers in recent memory, it disappoints just as heavily. Divide, it will.
 
Thursday, April 19, 2012

Miss Bala

As a drama, this Mexican entree is mild.


Drama

Rod Lott

Conceptually, Miss Bala shares much in common with 2004's Maria Full of Grace. In that film, a young Colombian girl became a drug mule in order to save her family. Here, a young Mexican woman becomes a criminal accessory in order to save her friend.


 
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Terror Experiment

Fail.


Horror

Rod Lott
Not like TV's The Walking Dead is perfect, but its mainstream success on a weekly in-season basis has spoiled viewers, thus ruining many zombie movies. It has raised a bar that most only could hope to come close to clearing. But even without the show, efforts like The Terror Experiment likely would find no love.

 
Friday, April 20, 2012

The Innkeepers

Do check in.


Horror

Rod Lott
Insert the The Innkeepers Blu-ray into your machine, and a disclaimer pops up, reading in part, “Play it loud.”

 
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

JD McPherson — Signs & Signifiers

All 'Signs' point to excellence.


Rock

Matt Carney
If anybody in Oklahoma is most likely to capitalize on wide-audience distribution right now, it must be Broken Arrow’s R&B-flavored rocker JD McPherson, whose debut album, Signs & Signifiers, was re-released last week by Rounder Records.
 
Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Dark Tide

Just when you thought it was safe to watch a Halle Berry movie.


Thriller

Rod Lott
I'm glad that Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez found love on the set, because that makes Dark Tide not a total loss. Otherwise, this big-budget, theater-skipping adventure is perhaps the most toothless shark movie ever made, and remember, I've sat through Dinoshark and Sharktopus.
 
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

B real

A decade together, work with high-profile artists, a widespread fan base — for one local R&B group, it’s all Meant2B.


Music

Ryan Querbach
A local R&B group’s members all hail from different states, but they just so happened to come together as students of the University of Central Oklahoma; that’s why they call themselves Meant2B.
 
Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Red House

Come and knock on our door. We've been waiting for you.


Thriller

Rod Lott
When Meg (Allene Roberts, Union Station), the adopted daughter of wooden-legged farmer Morgan (the legendary Edward G. Robinson), convinces him to hire her platonic pal, Nath (Lon McAllister, The Story of Seabiscuit), at the staggering rate of 50 cents an hour, things look like a win-win for all parties.
 
Wednesday, April 25, 2012

12 Creature Features

Need a dozen ways to kill a weekend? Just add cheese!


Horror

Rod Lott
I don't know that Mill Creek Entertainment's three-disc set of 12 Creature Features is quite the "dream come true" for "B-movie lovers" as the box proclaims, but that's only because so much of the contents likely already exist in their collections of public-domain DVDs.
 
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
 
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