October 2011

It’s a good week for Blu-ray. Richard Linklater’s Criterion version ‘Dazed and Confused’ is out and ‘Attack the Block’ beams in from outer space to the inner city.

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The first film in this month’s Horror Remix is 1987′s The Video Dead. It’s poorly acted, and is about a cursed television set that brings forth zombies upon the world. It’s pretty much as fantastic as it sounds.

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‘The Rum Diary’ feels about as focused as an all-night bender, which I suppose is kind of the point, but is its natural, rugged charm enough?

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J.C. Chandor’s Margin Call pulls off the easily attached labels of investment bankers and attempts to humanize the first shots fired in the global financial crisis of 2008.

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Ian Nathan has captured ‘Alien”s vibe and created a virtual treasure trove of cool collectibles and images in the new book ‘Alien Vault: The Definitive Story of the Making of the Film.’

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Two really cheesy horror flicks that may brighten your Halloween movie-watching this season: The atrociously hilarious ‘Bloody Pit of Horror’ and a ‘Creeping Terror’ that looks like a bunch of gents under a large shag rug.

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If you’re the kind of asshole who takes delight in telling your aunt she’s an idiot for liking Tyler Perry films, you probably needn’t bother reading this column.

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We have advance passes to ‘A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas’ in Kansas City and we want you to have them!

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Cameron Crowe’s new movie ‘Pearl Jam Twenty’ is precisely the kind of by-the-books rock doc that you might get if you were watching a two-part episode of VH1′s Behind the Music.

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Criterion releases both high-brow art cinema releases and sleazy, schlocky gems. Ready for Halloween? Not until you’ve tried the Top 10 Coolest Criterion Horror Flicks.

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PC Treasures makes a series of double-feature DVDs of public-domain films. In honor of the Halloween Horror Marathon, this Seeing Double column features ‘Atom Age Vampire’ and ‘Revolt of the Zombies.’

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Mortensen is out of this world. Watching him pluck the petals off a yellow rose and devour its crunchy interior is something you won’t soon forget.

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‘Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom’ is a shocking, graphic film that uses extreme sadism as an allegory for the destruction of traditional values. And it’s out on Blu-ray from Criterion now.

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Cameron Diaz in ‘Bad Teacher’ and ‘Page One: Inside the New York Times’ are out on Blu-ray. One asks hard questions and the other will leave you with questions.

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A different take on the classic horror anthology — ‘Tales From the Hood’ is like a feature-length collection of films inspired by the video for Snoop Dogg’s “Murder Was the Case.”

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