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discs hansel gretel get baked

Welcome back to This Week In Discs! As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. Hansel & Gretel Get Baked Gretel (Molly Quinn) and her boyfriend have a case of the munchies and decide to bake some treats, but knowing they’ll have to wait for the goodies to be done they decide he should head out for more weed. He decides to seek out the city’s newest strain, “Black Forest,” and goes straight to the source… a little old lady (Lara Flynn Boyle) with a green thumb and witchy tendencies. When he disappears it’s up to Gretel and her brother Hansel to get to the bottom of this nasty little fairy tale. Low expectations can never really hurt a movie (unless they cause you not to see it in the first place), but they still can’t be solely credited with my enjoyment of this horror comedy. Some of the jokes are predictably bad (cops at a donut shop!) but several more land successfully and earn real laughs. Even better, there’s actually some truly fun gore effects to be found here too. Bottom line, this isn’t destined to become your new favorite, but you’d be hard pressed to find a more entertaining Hansel & Gretel movie this year. Take that, Hawkeye. [Blu-ray extras: None]

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For fans of Girls, Alex Karpovsky‘s confusion over text messages, emoticons, and just what the hell they mean when sent in the context of a romantic relationship was a source of great hilarity during the show’s second season premiere, as Karpovsky’s Ray demanded to know what a wrapped gift, a panda, and a gun meant when sent to him by a lady he has bedded. Yet, it turns out that was not quite the first time that The Karp (go with it) was confused by text messaging. In Daniel Schechter‘s Supporting Characters, Karpovsky plays one half of an editing team tasked with cleaning up a terrible film by a moronic director – but that’s the least of their worries, as both guys (Karpovsky’s co-star is played by co-writer Tarik Lowe, who is just smashing in the film) are also struggling with romantic issues. Karpovsky’s Nick is engaged, but drawn to said terrible film’s star, played by Arielle Kebbel, even though she’s just getting out of a stupid relationship, one marked by all sorts of “winky face emoticons.” I saw the film at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival, and enjoyed it quite a bit, writing that “the film is at its best when it’s not trying to expand on things too far, and its finest moments are little ones – a look that crosses over Nick’s face when he meets Jamie’s boyfriend, an offhand comment about lighting by an angry director of photography, a wordless shot that conveys the state of Nick and Amy’s relationship after a particularly […]

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The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival will attack eyeballs from April 18-29, and they’ve launched their first offensive by declaring some of the movies they’ll have in their arsenal. That group includes James Franco and Ian Olds‘s Francophrenia (or Don’t Kill Me, I Know Where the Baby Is) which was filmed during tapings of Franco’s appearances on General Hospital. It also boasts new work from Harmony Korine and several of the most interesting-sounding flicks from the European Film Market. Check out the full list below:

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