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Topic: dvd

Racing Dreams

Vroom to grow.


Documentary

Rod Lott
How many pre-teens not only have a idea of what they want to do with their life, but actually already are doing something about it? The answer: At least three, based upon those you'll meet in Racing Dreams, a fun, fast-paced, feature-length documentary about kids competing for the national karting championship as they chase hopeful NASCAR futures.
 
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Mutant Girls Squad

Yes, another story about teen girls with octopus arms.


Action

Rod Lott
If you thought the X-Men series could use schoolgirl uniforms and tools protruding from naughty bits, have the Sushi Typhoon guys got a movie for you! It's called Mutant Girls Squad and, being from Japan, is three times crazier than America would think to make, or have the guts.
 
Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A Necessary Death

Suicide isn’t painless.


Drama

Rod Lott
Gilbert Toma had an original, envelope-pushing idea for his film school thesis project: Document the final days of someone who has decided to end his or her life, including the actual act of suicide. One Craigslist ad seeking such a subject later, 142 tapes were shot, and the end result is A Necessary Death.
 
Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Awakening

Mummy dearest.


Horror

Rod Lott
As someone who loves mummy movies, I’ve long had The Awakening on my radar, but only now has the 1980 horror thriller come within reach, thanks to Warner Archive. While the film's rep isn't sterling by any stretch, I found it to be a nice surprise.
 
Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Goon

Not quite as puckish as it would like, but close enough.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Coming from a family of doctors, yet being nothing more than a bar bouncer, Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott, American Reunion) feels down in the dumps, because he lacks "a thing." That changes when, defending his gay brother's honor from a homophobic slur at a hockey game, he punches the offending player with such power, the guy's helmet cracks open.
 
Wednesday, May 30, 2012

This Means War

Make love — heck, make anything — not ‘War.’


Comedy

Rod Lott
Among many other credibility-stretchers, This Means War asks the viewer to believe:
 
Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Simply Red: Live at Montreux 2003

No longer holding back the years.


Documentary

Rod Lott
Don't tell anyone, but in my first year of high school, I owned a couple of Simply Red cassettes, purchased from Sound Warehouse. If you clicked on the link to read this review, it's likely you did, too.
 
Thursday, May 31, 2012

Lucky Devils

'Devils' made me do it.


Drama

Rod Lott
It's fun to compare Lucky Devils — a 1933 RKO Picture about stuntmen — to something more contemporary, like 1980's The Stunt Man or even last year's Drive. According to this fun flick, safety was like an afterthought, with the guys who were risking their lives getting the scene explained to them once, quickly and just before the director called, “Action!”
 
Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Wizard of Gore / The Gore Gore Girls

Let it bleed some more, in high-def.


Horror

Rod Lott
On the bloody heels of Something Weird Video's The Blood Trilogy comes another Blu-ray of pioneering indie filmmaker Herschell Gordon Lewis' well-known works. The disc may hold one feature fewer, but high-def beggars can't be choosers, so chew happily on what you got: 1970's The Wizard of Gore and '72's The Gore Gore Girls, which would be his last directorial effort for more than 35 years.
 
Thursday, May 17, 2012

42nd Street Forever: Blu-ray Edition

A treasure trove of trailers that titillate.


Action

Rod Lott
Since 2005, Synapse Films has helped keep the sticky-floored spirit of grindhouse cinema alive by issuing collections of coming attractions under the 42nd Street Forever banner. Interested parties can catch up on the half-dozen titles thus far on DVD (I have, minus the lone XXX-Treme one) or opt for the new Blu-ray Edition. It's essentially a "greatest hits" piece, culling 80 trailers from all previous volumes.
 
Friday, June 1, 2012
 
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