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Lars and the Real Girl (PG-13)
MGM Home Entertainment
At first glance, this looks like a "wacky" comedy about a mentally ill guy who falls for a rubber sex doll. But, happily, Lars and the Real Girl directed by Craig Gillespie is so far beyond that, so far removed from the crass humor expected to surround such a doll, that it almost becomes a totally courageous film. Lars is an extremely heartbreaking and heartwarming story of allowing love to overcome all of our obstacles, be it romantic or familial. Ryan Gosling delivers a powerful performance as a disturbed man trying to work out some past hurt, giving a sublime performance that should have been better rewarded. Never treating its subject like a walking joke, this is a powerfully moving film that is funny and extremely intelligent without being maudlin something you don't see too often. Louis Fowler
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Rock of Love: The Complete First Season (NR)
Anchor Bay Entertainment
We all have that burning need to be loved. It is one of God's cruelest jokes, and no one bears the brunt of this unnecessary pain the way former Poison frontman Bret Michaels does. In search of that one true love who will give his otherwise wasted existence meaning, he puts about 20 various rock-skanks through the paces to win his heart. Yes, it is a humiliating exercise exploring the degrading lengths people will go to be on television, but maybe that's why it's all so damn enjoyable. Nothing makes you feel better about your station in life than the dregs of society trying to earn the affection of a has-been hair metal god. Rock of Love is the perfect antidote to that bad day you just had. Just pop it in, swig some brew and enjoy the parade of humiliation. Louis Fowler
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Karaoke Terror: The Complete Japanese Showa Songbook (NR)
Synapse Films
Whenever America gets its collective panties in a bunch over the latest indie film to supposedly "cross the limits," all I have to say is: "Sorry! The Japanese did it first!" Yep, when it comes to mind-blowing cinema that not only pushes the edge but totally demolishes it, the Japanese have it over us by a mile. Take, for example, Karaoke Terror, directed by Tetsuo Shinohara. A group of shiftless, lay-about teens go to war with a cadre of middle-age ladies, literally. After starting small with knives and spears, our "hero" soon is building an atom bomb to take out his enemies, once and for all. You couldn't get away with this level of devastation in America. Karaoke Terror is a darkly comic, brutally black, lack-of-morality tale that I can guarantee you'll never see on American screens. Louis Fowler
To Download: Karaoke Terror: The Complete Japanese Showa Songbook
  • Lars and the Real Girl, Rock of Love, Karaoke Terror


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