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Topic: porn

Day of the Dead

Eat it up.


Horror

Patrick Crain
With the exception of George Lucas’s Star Wars movies, few franchises that laid their foundation on the big screen were as culturally significant as George A. Romero’s Dead films. Everything about our conception of zombies derive from Romero’s creations. Before Night of the Living Dead — Romero’s stark, groundbreaking drive-in shocker from 1968 — zombies were barely in the public’s collective wheelhouse. Usually featured as trance-like beings who were used as slave labor, zombies were more tools of an insidious puppet master than a force unto themselves. Heck, before Night of the Living Dead, the term “undead” was mostly used to describe vampires.
 
Friday, October 25, 2013

Abducted

Reductive.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Lovebirds Dave (Trevor Morgan, Beneath the Dark) and Jessica (Tessa Ferrer, TV's Grey's Anatomy) have quite a vacation planned for their visit to California. Not on the agenda: being Abducted.
 
Friday, October 25, 2013

The Spirit

Who was that masked man?


Television series

Rod Lott

ABC's attempt at turning Will Eisner's iconic comic The Spirit into a TV series in 1987 may not have passed the pilot stage, but it sure beats Frank Miller's misbegotten $60 million feature-film treatment of 2008. If you missed the one-hour episode the first time around — and most of us did, which is why the series ended as it soon as it started — Warner Archive comes to the rescue.

 
Friday, October 25, 2013

A Hijacking

Again with the pirates?


Thriller

Rod Lott
As Tom Hanks sails toward the award season aboard Captain Phillips, do not overlook Denmark's A Hijacking, another (but different) true-life tale of Somali pirates and an unfortunate ship held hostage. The 2012 Danish film has been imported by Magnolia Pictures to Blu-ray.  
 
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Byzantium

Vampirism: like mother, like daughter.


Horror

Rod Lott

Neil Jordan has dabbled in the world of vampires before, in 1994's blockbuster Interview with the Vampire. Personally, I didn't think much of it, but Byzantium, virtually unseen on these shores, is lovely. Oh, it's gory, too, but lovely in that visually sumptuous style for which Jordan is known, making IFC Films' Blu-ray a feast for the eyes.

 
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Big Bus

Get on the 'Bus,' Gus


Comedy

Rod Lott
Beating Airplane! to the punch — but not to pop-culture relevance — by four years was the 1976 disaster spoof, The Big Bus. Only two of the four Airport adventures had taken off at the time and were quite popular, so it's possible audiences at the time didn't have the sense of humor about it as they would today. 
 
Friday, November 1, 2013

Killer Holiday / Murder University

Slash equals trash.


Horror

Rod Lott
Think of all the critical evisceration that the Friday the 13th movies endured in their time. Yet they're high art compared to two recent slasher "homages," the low-budget Killer Holiday and the no-budget Murder University.
 
Friday, November 1, 2013

Bounty Killer

The future looks foxy.


Action

Rod Lott
Ever since I saw Bitch Slap in 2009, I've been on the lookout for another comedic actioner featuring an inordinately sexy woman doing inordinately masculine things. So far, the closest I've found is the new Bounty Killer.
 
Friday, November 8, 2013

Lovelace

Only skin 'Deep.'


Drama

Rod Lott
In telling the story of X-rated superstar Linda Lovelace, the biopic Lovelace poses an interesting structure. Its first half makes her brief pornographic life seem like it's all bells and fireworks; only after 45 minutes pass do co-directors Rob Epstein and Jeffery Friedman go back to fill in details conveniently glossed over, casting a rather ominous veil over what we've already seen.
 
Friday, November 8, 2013

Passion

Dressed to swill.


Thriller

Rod Lott

I eagerly await Brian De Palma's comeback. A finely composed disappointment, Passion is not it.


 
Friday, November 8, 2013
 
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