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Topic: blu-ray

Yakuza Weapon

In terms of value for your time, this ‘Weapon’ may prove lethal.


Action

Rod Lott
Opening the disc for "Yakuza Weapon" is the trailer for Donnie Yen's "Flash Point," which looks incredible. In. Cred. Ible. Sadly, it’s nearly the high point of the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, after the feature’s Colorforms-esque closing credits.
 
Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Doors: Mr. Mojo Risin': The Story of L.A. Woman

Love this music documentary madly.


Documentary

Phil Bacharach
If you like rock ’n’ roll or drugs — or, perish the thought, even both — chances are you've gone through a Doors phase. Most likely that presumed phase was back in high school, when your parents didn't understand you and disheveled self-destruction was the height of romanticism.
 
Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

Know thy ‘Enemy.’


Drama

Rod Lott
Let’s talk Oscar’s harshest snubs this year: Michael Fassbender in “Shame.” Pretty much everything related to “Drive.” And now, "Elite Squad: The Enemy Within," Brazil’s entry in the category for Best Foreign Language Film. It didn’t make the cut to the five nominees.
 
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Mad Detective

Lend your eyes to this unconventional Asian police thriller, but keep your ears.


Thriller

Rod Lott
A slaughtered pig hangs in the middle of a room, at which Inspector Bun (Lau Ching Wan, “Black Mask”) stabs. Then he zips himself up in a suitcase and asks a colleague to push him down a stairwell. Then he cuts off his own ear as a going-away present for his boss.
 
Friday, February 17, 2012

Queen: Days of Our Lives

Mercury rising.


Documentary

Rod Lott
As with all musical acts lucky enough to achieve worldwide success, Queen's grab of the golden ring was hardly a forgone conclusion, as this two-part, two-hour documentary shows.
 
Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Martha Marcy May Marlene

A chilling film by any name.


Drama

Kathryn Jenson White
Community ranks as key on the list of basic human needs. After water, food and shelter, our need to connect with others drives and defines us.
 
Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Justice League: Doom

How many superheroes does it take to ...


Action

Rod Lott
After busting a playing card-costumed criminal ring of safecrackers, members of the Justice League of America face their greatest foe yet: “Doom.”
 
Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Immortals

The Clash with panache.


Action

Rod Lott
While nowhere near infallible as the title may suggest, Immortals is superior to the other recent big-budget epic to take a comic-book look at mythology, the Clash of the Titans remake. Immortals also is more coherent — not completely coherent, but enough to keep me from dozing off.
 
Monday, March 5, 2012

Zaat

Zaat's entertainment, folks.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
In an abandoned lab in Jackson, Fla., one Dr. Leopold (Marshall Grauer) completes a seven-year project to mutate and transform himself from a mild-mannered, dumpy-looking mad scientist to an upright, green-scaled creature (Wade Popwell) who retains all of the doc's mental functions and artistic abilities.
 
Monday, March 5, 2012

Annie Hall

Love is too weak a word.


Comedy

Phil Bacharach
What’s there to say about Annie Hall? It’s an American classic, arguably Woody Allen’s finest film and perhaps one of the best romantic comedies of all time. The fact that it served as a turning point for Allen from full-bore comedies to more ambitious (if just as funny) stuff can make it easy to take for granted.
 
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
 
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