Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.
Reviews of Classic Films
Natural Born Killers
- Excerpt: Natural Born Killers” aestheticization, and even poeticization, of violence glamorizes murder so effectively that the film becomes disturbing in ways the director never intended.
Our Vines Have Tender Grapes
The Thing from Another World
- Excerpt: There’s a fascinating incongruity in that this movie is very much of the 1980s and yet also well enough ahead of its time that you’d easily be forgiven for thinking that it came from some other era. While the technique can be groanworthy–that drippy montage out at the farm, for instance, or Dave Grusin’s score, which is so bad I found myself wishing it was somehow a sly subtextual joke–the portrayal of Dorothy avoids the “Ick! It’s a dude!” clichés one might expect while also making it so she is never the object of ridicule.
- Excerpt: It’s a movie with a lot on its mind — while never toppling over under the weight of its good intentions. In retrospect, it’s sort of genius, how they smuggled all that stuff in under the cover of a drag comedy, and promoted it not as a message movie, but as “Hey, look, Dustin Hoffman in a dress, funny!”
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