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Sep. 24, 2013by:

This week: The biggest movie of the year ain't the usual Iron Man, the V/H/S sequel is even 'beta' than the first, and Room 237 dissects the craziness that is Kubrick.

► Maybe I'm still in the 'mind blown' phase. Maybe I'm still just too ecstatic that the movies I envisioned as a kid are now up there on the big screen. Because let me remind you, there was a time it felt like we'd never get a great Marvel movie. So I guess I'm not as jaded about IRON MAN 3 at this point as a whole lotta folks - even after four movies (3, plus 'The Avengers') I'm jazzed that they exist at all. Much less, one as fun and surprising as the third. Previews led us to believe this would be dark and tragic, but there was little chance of that with Shane Black directing. This isn't just the funniest of the trilogy, it's the most inspired and unconventional of recent superhero flicks. As Tony Stark, Robert Downey, Jr. is barely in the suit at all, and the swerve with The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) brings us even further away from the comics. But it all works - the action is fierce, Downey, Jr. worth every penny, and the climactic battle a fitting way to end his run. Extras include Black on commentary and a short film on Agent Carter (Hayley Atwell) leading into the next Captain America flick.

► Just like last time, you take the bad with the good with V/H/S/2. This time, the good is very good. Gareth Evans (‘The Raid: Redemption’) serves up the prime segment with ‘Safe Haven,’ in which a news crew infiltrates an Indonesian cult just in time for the birth of a demon. ‘Blair Witch Project’ director Eduardo Sanchez also checks in with ‘A Ride in the Park,’ in which a Go Pro on a bike helmet captures a zombie outbreak. This horror anthology series has delivered so far – more, please.

► The only thing missing from the documentary ROOM 237 is zombie Stanley Kubrick at the end telling us what a load of crap it is. For the rest of us, Rodney Asher’s tribute to ‘The Shining’ and all the crazy shit hidden within it is endlessly fascinating. Kubrick was such an enigma, none of it is out of the question, such as the theory it’s his veiled confession to helping fake the Apollo moon landing footage. It helps to love (and know) everything about ‘The Shining.’

► We can only hope Season 16 of SOUTH PARK isn’t the last hurrah. Following this season, creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone decided to cut back their workload, making the upcoming 17th season just 10 episodes and bringing in Bill Hader (among others) to help with the writing. Which means these 14 episodes may be the end of an incredibly great run, even if the strain is starting to show. But ‘I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining’ with Cartman’s epic diarrhea and ‘Obama Wins!,’ which aired the night after the election, are two of the series’ all-time greats.

► Shout! Factory continues its John Carpenter bonanza with PRINCE OF DARKNESS, which many view as the start of his long slump. Not so – while it’s not as polished as his early classics, it’s still a unique, very creepy horror film, especially those nightmarish sequences of a bleak, apocalyptic future being beamed into the dreams of an academic trying to solve the mystery of a supernatural canister of goo residing in a church basement. I miss ‘80s Carpenter so much. Among the extras here is a Carpenter commentary and the alternate opening.

► You know, people who judge a horror movie by the quality of its rape scenes should just contact the authorities themselves and spare us the trouble. 'I Spit On Your Grave', both the original and its slimy sequel, are both an unpleasant ordeal to sit through. There's no joy in watching them. Seeing women get beaten and raped on film is about the sleaziest form of 'horror' imaginable. So take a guess what I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE 2 is about. Another hapless woman wanders into the wrong circle of sadists, gets defiled every which way, then plots her revenge. Remake director Steven Monroe returns to make essentially the same movie, with more feces and testicle-crushing. Enjoy.

► From its 13-episode-per-season limit to its surprisingly graphic content, HANNIBAL is the most direct response yet a major network has made to today’s great cable shows. And it doesn’t quite get there – the kill-of-the-week format and Hugh Dancy’s grating performance as Will Graham are hard to get past. Mads Mikkelson makes for an intriguing Lector, however, considering the giant shadow hanging over him. The cat-and-mouse game between these two will be tough to sustain over a long series, and without the rights to ‘The Silence of the Lambs,’ don’t expect Clarice Starling any time soon.

► You may never watch 2 BROKE GIRLS, but it’s nice having the option of Kat Dennings on TV every week, isn’t it? Season 2 of the routine CBS sitcom finished just where Season 1 did in the ratings - #32 – which these days probably ensures a limitless run. Dennings and co-star Beth Behrs play dirt-poor waitresses trying to open their own cupcake business, and the dream finally happens midway through Season 2. Rat crap, ex-boyfriends and an eviction notice spoil the fun.

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2:40PM on 09/24/2013
You're not wrong about 'Iron Man 3'. The haters are just butt hurt fanboys that can't fathom anything being different from their beloved comic source, despite those being revamped/ reworked/ reimagined/ redone/ and remade every few years. Fuck fanboy complaints!

Already picked my copy up of 'IM3'
You're not wrong about 'Iron Man 3'. The haters are just butt hurt fanboys that can't fathom anything being different from their beloved comic source, despite those being revamped/ reworked/ reimagined/ redone/ and remade every few years. Fuck fanboy complaints!

Already picked my copy up of 'IM3'
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10:04AM on 09/24/2013
Did you at least see I Spit On Your Grave 2 before you shat all over it? Or was it just based on your opinion of the first one? (Don't get me wrong, I didn't see it & I'm not defending it, I was just curious).
Also, the rape scene in these movies isn't meant to be enjoyed. If you think that, you got it all wrong. It's meant to shock and set the scene for what really is enjoyable: the revenge part.

As for the selection of movies in this column, I agree with bealzf. Some smaller, better
Did you at least see I Spit On Your Grave 2 before you shat all over it? Or was it just based on your opinion of the first one? (Don't get me wrong, I didn't see it & I'm not defending it, I was just curious).
Also, the rape scene in these movies isn't meant to be enjoyed. If you think that, you got it all wrong. It's meant to shock and set the scene for what really is enjoyable: the revenge part.

As for the selection of movies in this column, I agree with bealzf. Some smaller, better movies would be great. I'm also checking out The Kings of Summer this week.
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6:57AM on 09/24/2013

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I know I can find it other places, but I wish that joblo would talk about more of the smaller movies released like kings of summer and the east last week. There were actually 3 movies last week they didn't write about that I was interested in, the east, disconnect, and another I can't remember. Just wish they'd put more time into this so readers know a little more about the smaller films
I know I can find it other places, but I wish that joblo would talk about more of the smaller movies released like kings of summer and the east last week. There were actually 3 movies last week they didn't write about that I was interested in, the east, disconnect, and another I can't remember. Just wish they'd put more time into this so readers know a little more about the smaller films
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5:00AM on 09/24/2013
Iron Man 3, Kings of Summer, and Modern Family: Season 4 for me this week.

Can't wait to watch Iron Man 3 again. Saw it three times in the theater and it got better each time. It's just incredibly entertaining and easily my favorite from the trilogy.
Iron Man 3, Kings of Summer, and Modern Family: Season 4 for me this week.

Can't wait to watch Iron Man 3 again. Saw it three times in the theater and it got better each time. It's just incredibly entertaining and easily my favorite from the trilogy.
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3:38AM on 09/24/2013
Iron Man 3 and Room 237 for me. Room 237 offers a fascinating theory on The Shining. It may not be a good documentary but it's a good companion piece to The Shining.
Iron Man 3 and Room 237 for me. Room 237 offers a fascinating theory on The Shining. It may not be a good documentary but it's a good companion piece to The Shining.
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2:58AM on 09/24/2013

I have 1482 DVD's/Blu-Ray......

not including TV Shows, but for some reason I feel guilty adding Iron Man 3 to my collection. Just like when I bought The Passion of the Christ. :-( On the plus side I will be adding South Park's 16th season!
not including TV Shows, but for some reason I feel guilty adding Iron Man 3 to my collection. Just like when I bought The Passion of the Christ. :-( On the plus side I will be adding South Park's 16th season!
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