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DVD Talk reviews for Friday, July 12th, 2019

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Winter Passing (Blu-ray)
by Adam Tyner

The cover art for Winter Passing suggests a certain indie-dramedy whimsy that's nowhere to be found for a good, long while. In the early moments of the film, Reese (Zooey Deschanel) deliberately slams her hand in a drawer just so she can feel something, leaving her badly bruised. She snorts a line of coke and fucks a guy in a dive bar bathroom...and, well, repeatedly uses sex as a distraction, devoid of any emotion or attachment whatsoever. After learning that her kitty has feline leukemia, Reese plops wee Spike in a backpack and tosses him into the river. It's fucking bleak – a world removed from what you'd expect given "...and starring Saturday Night Live's Will Ferrell and Rachel Dratch!"

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The Chill Factor (Blu-ray)
by Adam Tyner

The Cliffs Notes version of The Chill Factor – and no, not that one – sounds completely irresistible. A bout of borderline-incest that never factors in again! Death by possessed soccer goal! Disembowelment by ceiling fan! A climactic low-speed chase against a demon on a snowmobile! Raspy, awkwardly stapled-on narration that sounds like the voice actress was paid in cartons of Pall Malls! Sterling dialogue like "football players don't get lost, honey; they know where the end zone is"! A sex scene that cuts between a hellspawned O-face and the dude's presumably nude sister rotating on a Lazy Susan! And c'mon, it's written and directed by the producer behind Hellraiser ...Read the entire review »

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