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Topic: Thriller

Kill

Or be killed. Or don’t bother.


Horror

Rod Lott
Five strangers awake in a room, not knowing how they got there. Cube, anyone?
 
Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Outrage: Way of the Yakuza

Renaissance man Takeshi Kitano peruses Japan’s mean streets.


Thriller

Rod Lott
A pact is worthless when it exists between two criminal families. Piss one off, and war breaks out. In his 15th directorial outing, Outrage: Way of the Yakuza, Takeshi Kitano examines one such flare-up and its ever-brutal consequences. The gangster world marks material he's delved into before, but so has Martin Scorsese, and Kitano is arguably Japan's equivalent.
 
Monday, April 2, 2012

The Hidden Face

Too bad the marketing doesn’t also hide the surprise.


Thriller

Rod Lott
When Adrián (Quim Gutiérrez) left Spain for a one-year conducting gig with the Bogotá Philharmonic, he took his adoring girlfriend, Belen, with him. But one day, he comes home to a video message of her announcing she's leaving him, and not to come looking for her. It's as enigmatic as it is out of left field.
 
Monday, April 9, 2012

The Killer Nun

Mercy me!


Horror

Rod Lott
Forgive and forget — the one ability that Sister Gertrude (La Dolce Vita star Anita Ekberg) sorely lacks, in 1979's The Killer Nun, one of the more popular entries in the whacked-out subgenre known as “nunsploitation.” However, the Italian project may be the only one based on a true story.
 
Monday, April 9, 2012

Grand Central Murder

Choo on this old-fashioned murder mystery.


Thriller

Rod Lott
As a showgirl, Mida King (Patricia Dane, Rio Rita) is likely used to lecherous comments and unwanted advances, but death threats are another story — this story, in fact.
 
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Crime time

Private eyes, policemen and public citizens navigate the shadow of film noir in a festival of the hardest boiled in Hollywood history.


Features

Phil Bacharach
Film Preservation Festival
Thursday-Sunday
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch
okcmoa.com
236-3100
$5-$8
 
Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Wicker Tree

You can find better 'Wicker' at Pier 1.


Horror

Rod Lott
After helming the 1973 British horror classic The Wicker Man, Robin Hardy didn't follow it up until 1986, and didn't make a third until now. For whatever reason — distract the public from the disaster of Nic Cage's bear-punching remake, perhaps? — he's gone back to the well with an overdue, arguably unnecessary sequel, The Wicker Tree.
 
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

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

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
 
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