Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.
Reviews of Classic Films
The Bride Wore Black
- Excerpt: The Bride Wore Black, Francois Truffaut’s homage to Alfred Hitchcock, is a nicely rendered crime thriller, providing a perfect vehicle for star Jeanne Moreau to subvert her cinematic image while also just being good fun. The story of revenge is coy with the violence, but its underlying emotions make for a wickedly dark film with a plenty more to offer than just a trail of bodies.
By the Bluest of Seas
- Excerpt: Many of the director’s fans seem to think of this slice of Gallic zaniness as an embarrassment that Renoir would probably wish he could take back. I, on the other hand, wish more of the Renoir’s movies were this unhinged.
Lost in Yonkers
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Waterloo Bridge (1931)
Recent Home Video Releases
Duane Michals: The Man who Invented Himself
Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier
- Excerpt: Most people who have heard of Edgar Ulmer know him as the director of the no-budget noir classic Detour (1945), but Ulmer, a Jewish emigré from Austria-Hungary, was well known to Jewish audiences for his Yiddish-language films. Green Fields channels that peculiar Ulmer magic to elevate this gentle comedy into something more rueful and revealing.
Maid of Salem
- Excerpt: A good, clean piece of melodramatic storytelling from the days when Hollywood tossed that sort of thing off with casual savvy.
- Excerpt: Cinema Fearité Bids Farewell To Edgar Froese With ‘Strange Behavior’ – David Cronenberg Meets John Hughes With A Soundtrack By Tangerine Dream
A Summer’s Tale
- Excerpt: The Cahiers veteran, a spry 76 when A Summer’s Tale was released, only moves his camera when his characters move, eliminating all expressivity to stare calmly and directly at his romantically entangled youngsters. But that’s not to say that his visual decisions lack variety.