Mercury Video Picks 

Action! Death! Fishing!

The June 6 video releases offer a lot of murderous kooks and a smidgen of homoeroticism. Hey, it's kind of like the Mercury office!

MR. DEATH--Erroll Morris' documentary of Fred Leuchter Jr., an execution device engineer-turned-revisionist historian, is so good you'll wanna puke. Leuchter Jr. commits a series of gut-wrenching travesties, from making electric chairs more "efficient" to defacing Auschwitz and claiming the Holocaust never happened. Only he's such a simpleton, you almost feel sorry for him--almost. JS

THE EEL--You won't believe how this demure, Japanese fisherman can be such a fucking oddball. After he snaps and slaughters his wife, he slowly pays his penance and redeems his soul. Hypnotic and slyly funny. PB

PLAY IT TO THE BONE--For a boxing movie, this one has too much yak-yak and not enough smack-smack. But the scenes where Antonio Banderas has homosexual fantasies in the ring make it almost worthwhile! WSH

THE GREEN MILE--Don't bother. Unless, of course, you feel like 1) Watching Tom Hanks play the same shmuck he always does, or 2) Enforcing the racist ideas of overrated, lobster-trapping hack Stephen King. KD

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