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Have you seen Alex Cox's 1984 cult punk-rock sci-fi masterpiece, Repo Man? No? Then drop what you're doing right now and rent it, buy it, whatever you have to do to watch it. Done? OK. Now immediately check out Cox's latest epic, the low-budget companion piece titled Repo Chick. In a skewed, corporate-dominated version of our world, thanks to the economic crash, repossession has become the biggest business in America. Dim-bulb celebutante Pixxi De La Chasse (Jaclyn Jonet) is cut off from her trust fund and forced to get a real job, stumbling into the down ’n dirty repo trade, at which, comically enough, she turns out to be a pro. Anti-golf terrorists, weapons of mass destruction and a runaway train all collide in this sharp, wicked satire filmed completely on green-screens in only 10 days, creating a disorienting, visually explosive experience that's more an underground comic book come to life than an actual movie.
Now that televisions are big enough to fill a wall and at-home 3D is becoming more available to the public, IMAX documentaries can finally get the DVD credit the so richly deserve, starting with the educationally stimulating Dinosaurs 3D: Giants of Patagonia. It follows the work of paleontologist Rodolfo Coria as he discusses the dinosaurs of Argentina's Patagonia, where the largest dinosaurs of ever excavated — Giganotosaurus and Argentinosaurus, respectively — come to life via CGI, leaping off the screen in seamless 3D. Never boring, always informative, Dinosaurs 3D is an entertaining learning tool, no matter how old you are. And it's more than enough incentive to invest in a new 72-inch, 3D-capable TV. In addition, for all you extreme sports nuts, Image Entertainment is also releasing The Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D, an very cool surfing doc that takes you under and inside the waves, featuring champion surfers Kelly Slater and Raimana Van Bastolar.
I am truly conflicted about 127 Hours. On one hand, I love Danny (Trainspotting) Boyle's work, which here is, as always, undeniably inventive and cool — he manages to wring out an enthralling, nail-biting story out of a dude trapped at the bottom of a cave for five days. But, then, on the other hand, the character of Aron (a probably stoned James Franco) is so utterly, abrasively stupid that you're left just shaking your head at his unapologetic idiocy, almost daring you to wish he'd just stay down there. Is Franco acting, or is this how the real-life Aron Ralston really is? It's hard to tell, and it's quite distracting throughout the thing. The guy did everything wrong in his thrill-seeking adventure, and yet he's being held up as a hero in the extreme community. Why? He didn't do anything spectacular or world-changing — he fell down a hole. Big deal!