Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD from 2010 and earlier.
- Excerpt: While I obviously don’t know what D.W. Griffith’s intentions were, it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that he made Abraham Lincoln as a second form of assassination, this time going after Lincoln’s character. The decision to make him so unremarkable and so lacking in charisma had to be a conscious one.
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
- Excerpt: It’s an inspired bit of silliness, and one of the best of its kind.
The Camp on Blood Island
- Excerpt: Jean Rollin’s fascination for the potent commingling of the savage and the romantic defined films which, at their best, turn into protean dreamscapes of Sadean imagery and symbolism.
- Excerpt: Split into two parts, it begins as a grand fantasy and ends as a dire tragedy. There are swordfights and dragons and feats of magic and treasures and death and betrayal and just about everything in between.
Grave of the Fireflies
- Excerpt: Those who know Studio Ghibli purely from the films of Hayao Miyazaki may be surprised at the drama and emotion of Isao Takahata’s powerful Grave of the Fireflies.
Heat and Sunlight
House of Dark Shadows
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Return to Neverland
Sands of the Kalahari
Schoolgirl Report #9
She’s the One
- Excerpt: Having broken from the musical drama template that delighted the masses in the 1990s but was starting to grow tired, Disney Animation seemed determined to prove itself hip and exciting in the early 2000s.
Trilogy of Life
We Won’t Grow Old Together
- Excerpt: Maurice Pialat’s second full-length feature We Won’t Grow Old Together is a devastating exploration of a slowly disintegrating romantic affair that is about as brutally honest about the self-destructive interdependency of relationships as any film ever made.
- Excerpt: A towering and exhilarating piece of work that seems to embody the social upheaval of the 1960s in one bracing, often shocking, cinematic experience.