Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.
Reviews of Classic Films
- Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] Terrence Malick’s self-penned feature debut is a haunting road movie pitched in ‘50s Americana. The film’s razor-sharp tone of poetic irony is unique. Its inquisitive mood and regard for natural imagery suggest a childish quest for a utopia that already exists but somehow goes unrecognized.
Bang The Drum Slowly
The Bold and Brave
- Excerpt: Even if The Bold and the Brave might not be good enough to be accorded classic status, it’s worth seeing as a high point in a very long career. In the best of his performances, Mickey Rooney conveyed his own experiences as someone who knew well both the pinnacle of success and the depth of failure.
- Excerpt: A worthy deep cut from the archives of British crime cinema.
The Death of Maria Malibran
Happy Mother’s Day, Love George
- Excerpt: The lone feature film directed by TV star Darren McGavin, Happy Mother’s Day, Love George is something of a lost, unpolished gem amidst the enormous panoply of ‘70s horror cinema.
The Immortal Story
- Excerpt: Clocking in at barely an hour, Orson Welles made the film for French television, and it was intended to be part of a longer anthology of Dinesen adaptations…What remains, then, is a short curiosity in the great director’s canon, far from his best work and possibly the most dispassionate movie he ever directed.
Man in the Dark
Run Lola Run
- Excerpt: Stylized within a heartbeat of its life, ‘Lola’ is as proudly and defiantly artificial as Franka Potente’s Strawberry-Shortcake-with-her-head-on-fire dye job.
Recent Home Video Releases
- Excerpt: By being more thoughtful and probing than the usual movie about butt-monsters, it passes up a lot of scatological opportunities, which may explain why it failed to wow the midnight movie crowds. This is a case where the movie might benefit from a less tasteful approach.
- Excerpt: [Denis]’s story shards are so refracted there is no emotional stake to grasp onto
Confession of Murder
The Hidden Fortress
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Monster High: Frights, Camera, Action!
Throne of Blood
Too Sane for This World
- Excerpt: An enlightening portrait of 12 adults from across the autistic spectrum that sheds some much needed light on a subculture that could do with some demystifying.
A Touch of Sin
Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier
Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]