Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD from 2011 and earlier.
Frankenstein Conquers the World
- Excerpt: Only the hypnotic oddness of what the film does to the Frankenstein mythos keeps it from dragging altogether.
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster
- Excerpt: The human half of the narrative is so captivatingly loopy and well-expressed, that the film would be just as good if there were no monsters in it at all.
- Excerpt: ‘finds its message amongst the rise of big, rich America, and the feeling that the poor have no place, voice or right’
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
Ladies of Leisure
- Excerpt: Though not amongst Frank Capra’s best, the 1930 romantic comedy Ladies of Leisure is a pleasantly enjoyable early vehicle for Barbara Stanwyck. She is a bright spot in a somewhat tepid script, already developing her persona as a tough gal ready to make tough choices, both in life and in matters of the heart.
Le Joli Mai
- Excerpt: At nearly three hours, “Le Joli Mai” meanders, but it remains potent when it gets personal, even if the political aspects can seem a little dated.
Martin Scorsese Presents: The World Cinema Project – Volume 1
- Excerpt: ‘these are films which it was worth Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project saving (aren’t they all) but that simultaneously aren’t that interesting or accomplished’
- Excerpt: The nosferatu is a negative force of nature, a toothy, bald, walking penis that brings rape and disease to the good, civilized people of the world.
The Serpent and Rainbow
Sister Long Legs
- Excerpt: …undeniably a goofy techno-paranoia parable…
The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights
A Woman Under the Influence
Zorns Lemma (1970)
- Excerpt: Only after a lifetime mired in the endless cycle of crafting, breaking down, and re-crafting our perspective can we can finally make peace with the world and find places worthy of our gaze, like snowy fields with signposts marking the immense white canvas and illustrating its immensity without intruding with unwanted logos and distracting colors.