Tom DotyTimes Columnist
September 13, 2012
Lots of TV shows and an odd film made for a decent week’s rentals at your neighborhood Red Box.
“Snow White and the Huntsman” — Despite the fact that this is packed with stars like Kristen Stewart (“Twilight”), Chris Hemsworth (“Thor”) and Charlize Theron (“Monster”), you could do better. This is a dark take on the “Snow White” story, but nowhere near dark enough to equal the intentions of the Brothers Grimm. There is more action than acting, and that’s a shame, considering the gift of this cast.
“Bud and Lou” — TV movies are a mixed bag, but this dramatic recreation of the Abbott and Costello partnership is spot on. Harvey Korman is very good as Bud, but the film belongs to Buddy Hackett, as Lou. His performance is amazing, as he reveals how tragic a life this funny man lived. He is equally adept at showing Costello’s selfishness, insecurity, innocence and pure talent. Great stuff that was long overdue on DVD.
“The Loved Ones” — Move over “Heathers,” because this film totally rocks. This is the story of what happens to a high school senior on prom night. Brent may appear to be a lucky guy with his athletic ability and physique, but he is a hollowed-out husk who is stumbling through life after he accidentally kills his father in an auto accident. The accident appeared to have been caused when a ghostlike figure darted out in front of their car, but he learns more on Prom Night, when he is kidnapped by a demented father and daughter who want to have their own end-of-school dance. Lurid and well acted by an unknown cast .
TV — Many of last year’s hits hit the shelves today. Your best bets are probably “Supernatural: Season 7” and “Blue Bloods: Season 2.” “Castle” fans will enjoy season 4, but my money is on two older shows. Shout Factory delivers the final season of “Kojak” with number 5, while old school horror fans will get a kick out of a show from Hammer studios. The “Hammer House of Horrors” is an excellent series that delivers 13 creepy tales from the other side of the pond, by the studio that Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee made famous.
Next week brings more Chris Hemsworth with the release of “The Cabin in the Woods.”