42nd Street Forever Volume 4 (NR)
Some people look forward to Christmas, and other people look more toward their birthday. Me? I look forward to the time Synapse releases another volume of its exhaustive and excruciatingly entertaining 42nd Street Forever series. In this fourth volume, we're treated to another collection of the best B-movie trailers from forgotten films like It Came Without Warning, Yor: the Hunter from the Future, New Year's Evil and, most impressively, Americathon, featuring the late John Ritter as the president of the United States, with Meat Loaf and Elvis Costello. This DVD is perfect for fans of cult films who want the laughs that classic bad flicks deliver, but don't want to sit through hours of dreck like plot to get them. It's like a full, 40-film festival in a little over two hours! Louis Fowler
Repo! The Genetic Opera (R)
"A new cult classic," touts the press release. (Isn't that an oxymoron?) Out of morbid curiosity, I had high hopes for Repo! The Genetic Opera, starring Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Anthony Stewart Head and Paris Hilton (really), and billing itself as Moulin Rouge! meets The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Hey, I'd never seen a pop opera based on a futuristic, leather-clad repo man (Head) who harvests organs for an evil biotech company while trying to shelter his sickly daughter from the cruel world around her. Story lines just as silly have carried horror and comic-book films before, and the film is visually gorgeous, with cool comic-book-panel interludes. Plus, the goth/punk/synth music indeed rocks. But because the dialogue and lyrics could use further surgery, the whole bloodfest fails to gel, or clot. Matthew Schniper
MGM Home Entertainment
Probably the first film inspired by a T-shirt the one worn by John Belushi in Animal House College is that type of under-the-radar teen film that you will never see in the theater. You either catch it at the video store or on pay-per-view and pick it up in hopes of catching some cheap, Superbad-lite laughs. In this respect, College delivers. A trio of nerds (Drake Bell, Kevin Covais and Andrew Caldwell), hellbent on changing their reps in college, pledge a fraternity and, as expected, encounter plenty of teenage drinking, boner jokes and nerd-on-jock revenge. What sets this flick apart from so many others of its ilk, is that it really is one of the most accurate portrayals of the homoerotic rites that so many frats lovingly partake in. Bottoms up, indeed. Louis Fowler
The striking colors and textures are reminiscent of Southern Colorado and New Mexico. Lovely work.