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Topic: Blu-ray

Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season

In fandom alone, this HBO series is king.


Television series

Rod Lott
At the risk of making me less popular than I already am, I don’t get the unconditional love for HBO’s Game of Thrones that suggests it is beyond criticism. A harmless crush, I understand; a vow of eternity, no. It’s too soon to be slipping a ring on its finger just yet, but as season two beckons, the potential certainly exists.
 
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 Killing: The Complete First Season

Not since Laura Palmer has a televised corpse been this captivating.


Television series

Rod Lott
Who killed Rosie Larsen? No, seriously, who killed Rosie Larsen?

 
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
avengers

‘Avengers’ assemble! For about 15 hours!

Get your recommended daily allowance of ‘Iron’ at May 3’s Marvel-ous marathon.

The movie I dreamt about in 1978 is now a month away from hitting theaters. I speak, of course, about The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel The Avengers, which opens May 4.

Presumably the comic-book movie to end all comic-book movies, The Avengers fronts an all-star lineup of superheroes: Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Sgt. Nick Fury. Even casual moviegoers know this blockbuster has been in the works for years, with Marvel Studios using post-credits stinger sequences to connect one stand-alone film to the next, starting with Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man alter ego, Tony Stark, meeting Samuel L. Jackson’s Fury in a bar at the tail end of 2008’s The Incredible Hulk.

Now, viewers with buns of steel and a vacation day to burn can watch all the dots be connected, in order, as Harkins Bricktown Cinemas offers the Ultimate Avengers Marathon of six movies on May 3, all leading to the midnight premiere of The Avengers.

The lineup begins at 11:30 a.m. with Hulk, followed by:
Iron Man at 2 p.m.
Iron Man 2 at 4:30 p.m.
• Thor at 7 p.m.
Captain America: The First Avenger at 9:15 p.m.
The Avengers at 12:01 a.m.

The final three will be show in 3-D.

Tickets are $25 and now on sale at harkinstheatres.com/avengers or at the Harkins Bricktown box office. The package includes extra goodies, including two free small popcorns, a commemorative lanyard and a bag o’ swag.

To be honest, I doubt the movie can live up to the 7-year-old me’s idea, but I look forward to it nonetheless. Even if I’m far more stoked for Prometheus, The Dark Knight Rises and, yep, The Expendables 2. —Rod Lott



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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

We Bought a Zoo

Keep this cagey family drama locked up.


Drama

Rod Lott
A father buys a zoo after his wife buys the farm, in Cameron Crowe's We Bought a Zoo, a well-meaning but emotionally hollow film, despite extreme evidence to the contrary.
 
Tuesday, April 10, 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 Darkest Hour

It’s not so bright.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Two American entrepreneurs (Speed Racer's Emile Hirsch and The Social Network's Max Minghella) travel to Moscow in the hopes of turning their Globe Trot social network into a $10 million company with one meeting. Instead, they're ripped off by a Russian colleague and, to make matters worse, are at ground zero of an alien invasion. At least they get to meet some babes first.
 
Tuesday, April 17, 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

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
 
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