Scott Tobias http://kttz.org en In 'Sightseers,' A Killing Spree Gone South http://kttz.org/post/sightseers-killing-spree-gone-south Scrub away the gore and the nastier bits of provocation, and Ben Wheatley's <em>Sightseers</em> belongs squarely in the tradition of British classics like <em>Kind Hearts and Coronets</em> and <em>The Ruling Class — </em>satires that transformed simmering class resentment into brittle, nasty dark comedy.<p>The key to these films is a disciplined tone: Whatever contempt the filmmakers have for their characters, or whatever types those characters represent, is harnessed by dry wit and an instinct not to overplay their outrageous premises. Thu, 09 May 2013 21:03:00 +0000 Scott Tobias 24204 at http://kttz.org In 'Sightseers,' A Killing Spree Gone South Effects-Heavy 'Oblivion' Pines For An Analog Past http://kttz.org/post/effects-heavy-oblivion-pines-analog-past The score for <em>Oblivion</em> was composed by M83, a superb French electronic outfit that derives its name from one of the spectral pinwheels known as spiral galaxies. Thu, 18 Apr 2013 21:03:00 +0000 Scott Tobias 22981 at http://kttz.org Effects-Heavy 'Oblivion' Pines For An Analog Past Zany 'It's A Disaster': Anything But http://kttz.org/post/zany-its-disaster-anything For all his success as a stand-up comic, as one half of the brilliant HBO sketch comedy <em>Mr. Show</em> W<em>ith Bob & David</em> and as the hapless Tobias on <em>Arrested Development</em>, David Cross has struggled to find his footing in the movies, remaining relegated mainly to forgettable character roles. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 21:03:00 +0000 Scott Tobias 22554 at http://kttz.org Zany 'It's A Disaster': Anything But 'Gimme The Loot': The Tagger's Life, Lightly http://kttz.org/post/gimme-loot-taggers-life-lightly For the Bronx graffiti artists of <em>Gimme the Loot,</em> Adam Leon's sweet, vibrant debut feature, "Bombing the Apple" is the holy grail of tagging achievements.<p>"The Apple" in question is the protuberance that emerges from behind the center-right wall in Shea Stadium — they refuse to acknowledge the corporate name Citi Field — every time a New York Mets player hits a home run.<p>The thought of seeing their supersized insignia rising to the sky, taunting their Queens rivals, is a delicious fantasy to consider; they're like thieves idly plotting to knock over Fort Knox. Thu, 21 Mar 2013 21:03:00 +0000 Scott Tobias 21384 at http://kttz.org 'Gimme The Loot': The Tagger's Life, Lightly '60s Japan, Aglow 'From Up On Poppy Hill' http://kttz.org/post/60s-japan-aglow-poppy-hill Of the many wonderful qualities associated with the films of Studio Ghibli — the Japanese animation house co-founded by Hiyao Miyazaki, the visionary director of <em>My Neighbor Totoro</em>, <em>Kiki's Delivery Service</em> and <em>Spirited Away</em> — serenity may be the most key. Ghibli productions offer the stirring adventures and magical creatures of their American counterparts, and often operate by a wondrously mysterious internal logic, but they do so without feeling compelled to grab a young audience by the lapels. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 21:03:00 +0000 Scott Tobias 20979 at http://kttz.org '60s Japan, Aglow 'From Up On Poppy Hill'