Review: ‘The Polka King’

The darkly comedic biopic The Polka King is a well made example of a “straight to Netflix” film. This “stranger than fiction” look at a former oom-pah-pah baron and Grammy nominee who perpetrated massive amounts of fraud in the 1990s is lean, fast paced, almost completely devoid of filler, and likely works better at home than it would in the confines of a theatre. Netflix is the perfect place for a film like The Polka King, and that’s not in any way a knock against the talent and effort that went into making it.

DVD Tuesday: ‘Get Smart’ & ‘Kung Fu Panda’

This week on DVD, catch Steve Carell as Agent 86 as he fights the evil forces of KAOS in the spy-comedy Get Smart, while Jack Black gets animated in the high-flying Kung Fu Panda. Plus, the latest Futurama movie has Bender roleplaying, Mystery Science Theater 3000 celebrates its 20th anniversary, pick up volume one of The Jeff Healey Band Legacy, and the first season of television’s Spin City.

Film Friday: ‘Don’t Mess With The Zohan’, ‘Kung Fu Panda’

Take a walk abroad this week, with three films that roam around the world. In You Don’t Mess With The Zohan, an Israeli agent wants to stop all the fighting and escape to become a hairdresser. The animated Kung Fu Panda features Jack Black as a giant panda who has been chosen to become a kung fu master. And the foreign film Mongol gives a glimpse back to the epic rise of Mongolia’s legendary leader, Genghis Khan.