Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.
Reviews of Classic Films
The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
- Excerpt: The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant is at once mysterious and bare, entangling the audience in its extensive drama, which itself is a manifestation of one interior life exposed on a single set. Rainer Werner Fassbender is melding 1950s melodrama with the dark explorations of his European predecessors, most notably Ingmar Bergman, all inspired by and in tribute to the great master of the “women’s picture,” Douglas Sirk.
The Deer Hunter
- Excerpt: The Deer Hunter is actually a form of myth-making. Cimino and Washburn offer a Sophoclean tragedy where earthly, communal lessons and the invocation of fate repeatedly enfold the young heroes. The pure trio of youth, Mike, Nick, and Steven could readily have stumbled out of any point in history for an anthem of doomed youth and gone off to fight in any war.
Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell
- Excerpt: Goke’ may be a B-movie in form, but with its convoluted plot, stabs at social relevance, and cosmic imagery that verges on the surreal, its content transcends its genre origins.
- Excerpt: …could be one of the most despairing films ever made.
- Excerpt: If you’ve seen Lost Horizon over the years on television, see it again. Chances are you saw it at a low ebb in its fortunes. This is a movie that has lived through adventures as exciting and harrowing as its plot.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1927)
Recent Home Video Releases
Black Sunday (AIP Version)
Cult of the Damned
Dolls: Collector’s Edition
- Excerpt: …while there are moments of unquestionable beauty, its vast empty spaces make it a real wristwatch checker.
No Tears for the Dead
Le Pont du Nord
- Excerpt: Even as Rivette’s Paris takes on a more mythic stature toward the film’s end, its elements remain as commonplace as they are grand. The same can be said for his protagonists.
Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings
The Purple Rose of Cairo
Rape Shot: Momoe’s Lips
Schoolgirl Report Volume #13
Ten Seconds to Hell
Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier
- Excerpt: Blue Ruin does indeed have an artistic way of telling an uncomplicated tale.
Body of Evidence
- Excerpt: There’s plenty of flesh, and the props are wielded semi-convincingly, and the goal of this odd period in her career is achieved: you get ample opportunity to see what Madonna looks like having sex, or at least what she wants you to think she looks like in those private moments. But none of the sex scenes are particularly sexy, not really, because they’re all so goddamn glum.
- Excerpt: La Ciénaga is mysterious and beguiling. Lucrecia Martel’s breakthrough has an intangible elegance, hinting at meaning, compelling the viewer to stay rooted and watch.
- Excerpt: Do you think Crash gets a bad rap–or does the mere mention of the title set your teeth on edge?
- Excerpt: Cinema Fearité Presents ‘eXistenZ’ – The Last Of David Cronenberg’s Cronenbergian Movies
He Walked by Night
- Excerpt: It’s fun and intriguing and just generally delightful to watch. My Winnipeg is an autobiography unburdened by reality or truth, and thus far more emotionally honest and revealing than most tracts that try to tell it like it “really is.”
- Excerpt: This documentary about one of the giants of German modern dance, Pina Bausch, was the first film Wim Wenders shot in 3D. Pina is an interesting, often beautiful film that shows the learning curve for 3D cinematography is a sometimes steep and bumpy one.
- Excerpt: Cinema Fearité Presents ‘Swamp Thing’ – A Fond Farewell To Louis Jourdan, The Quintessential Moustache-Twirling Villain