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Topic: Michael

Parker

Stark raving average.


Action

Rod Lott
While it's admirable that Parker is dedicated to the memory of Donald E. Westlake, the legendary crime author who wrote two dozen novels about the character under the Richard Stark pen name, this Parker is not his Parker. It's Taylor Hackford's, and the director continues to apply his nondescript, workmanlike touch to average material (see Love Ranch, Ray, Proof of Life, etc.). He neither improves it nor harms it; he simply keeps it afloat.
 
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Childrens Hospital: The Complete Fourth Season

Rx: lotsa laughter.


Television series

Rod Lott
Fresh off its Emmy win in the short-format live-action category, Adult Swim’s 11-minute marvel known as Childrens Hospital returns for a fourth go-round.
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Nightfall

It’s no mystery: ‘Nightfall’ is a superlative thriller.


Thriller

Rod Lott
As Simon Lam gets older, he gets better. The veteran actor has appeared in such in seminal HK action films of the 1990s as Once Upon a Time in China (opposite Jet Li) and Bullet in the Head (directed by John Woo); in the aughts, he graced audience and critical favorites Election and Ip Man.
 
Monday, May 20, 2013

Dexter: The Seventh Season

A cut below the previous.


Television series

Rod Lott
There's no way to discuss the seventh and penultimate season of Showtime's hit Dexter without acknowledging how the previous year ended. Therefore, if you haven't finished the sixth season, stop reading now. You've got work to do.
 
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Philadelphia Experiment

‘Experiment’ failed.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
There's a theory about remakes that perhaps Hollywood should stop remaking good movies and instead remake the bad ones, so that they may be improved. The problem with that theory is one runs the risk of the remake being bad, too. Case in point: The Philadelphia Experiment.
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Vulgar incident

That experimental duo Vulgar Fashion saw its recent Dallas show get shut down should prick up your ears.


Music

Zach Hale
Vulgar Fashion with Depth & Current and Quilted Cherry Podium
8 p.m. Friday
Opolis
113 N. Crawford, Norman
opolis.org
820-0951
free
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Motor skills

The woes of the American auto industry during the Great Recession fuel a Stillwater artist’s sculpture exhibition opening in Norman.


Visual Arts

Molly Evans
Interruptions
6-10 p.m. Friday
through July 13
Mainsite Contemporary Art
122 E. Main, Norman
mainsite-art.com
360-1162
free
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Dead Souls

You don’t want ‘Soul’ custody.


Horror

Rod Lott
With Dead Souls, we can prove something about the Chiller cable network's original features that Remains could not: Source material is not to blame for their pervasive generic nature — it's the economy, stupid.
 
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

This Is the End

If only that were true ...


Comedy

Louis Fowler
To me, few things are as annoying as being stuck in a conversation with a group of stoners who’ve spent most of the day tokin’ it up.
 
Friday, June 14, 2013

The Call

Because ‘Rescue 911’ was taken.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Watching The Call was fun, and I suspect it would be even if my 13-year-old daughter weren’t screaming from fright the entire time. It’s exactly the kind of preposterous nerve-jangler Hollywood pulls off pretty well, moving so fast that it hopes you don’t notice all the holes in the plot.
 
Thursday, June 27, 2013
 
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