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Retro Rental: If You Liked 'Veep' Try 'In The Loop'

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by James Rocchi April 26, 2012 09:35 AM
HBO/IFC Films
[Each week, inspired by what's in theaters or in the news or even just by random firings of neurons, 'Retro Rental,' by film critic James Rocchi, looks at an older film on disc or download that links up to the here-and-now.]
Briefly digressing from movies to the world of premium cable (not, of course, TV, as HBO oft reminds us) 'Veep' is coming, with Julia Louis-Dreyfuss. Dreyfuss plays Selina Meyer, a new Vice President who is learning the 21st Century version of the insight of the late John Nance Garner, who noted that the Vice-Presidency was "not worth a bucket of warm spit." However, Nance didn't actually say "spit," he said something far ruder and that is easier to believe.
Curses ring out in the halls of power, as well as fights over who didn't make a fresh pot of coffee when they emptied the last one. That, it seems is going to be about the tone of 'Veep.' And if you want a preview of 'Veep' -- the cadence, the comedy, the language of it, whether Orwellian double-speak or soaring flights of four-letter words -- you need to see 'In the Loop.'

Retro Rental: If You Liked 'The Cabin in the Woods' Try 'Capricorn One'

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by James Rocchi April 19, 2012 09:14 AM
Lionsgate/Warner Bros.
[Each week, inspired by what's in theaters or in the news or even just by random firings of neurons, film critic James Rocchi presents "Retro Rental," a look at an older film on disc or download that links up to the here-and-now.]
Now that many of you -- or a lucky few, anyhow -- have seen 'The Cabin in the Woods,' the goofy/gruesome horror-comedy, let's assume that anyone who's going to read this has seen the film so we can talk honestly and openly.

If You Liked 'Lockout', Then You Should Rent This...

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by James Rocchi April 12, 2012 10:41 AM
Open Road Films/MGM





[Each week, inspired by what's in theaters or in the news or even just by random firings of neurons, 'Rocchi's Retro Rental' looks at an older film on disc or download that links up to the here-and-now ...]

In the upcoming 'Lockout,' hardened convict Guy Pearce has to rescue the President's daughter (Maggie Grace) from an outer-space prison. Putting aside the question of how, exactly, you get the President's daughter from Washington D.C. to space (it's not like she could take a left turn at Albuquerque...) I have to be blunt: I'm excited to see this, if only that it'll remind me, no matter how distantly, of John Carpenter's 1981 science-fiction exploitation tough-guy fest 'Escape From New York.'