Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.
Reviews of Classic Films
- Excerpt: John Ford’s 7 Women stands up with a crucially similar film released the same year, Robert Wise’s The Sand Pebbles, as the first work put out by Hollywood that feels assuredly like a metaphor for America’s deepening involvement in Vietnam.
- Excerpt: The tug-of-war for the lady’s affections touches on some very dark topics, and the bad things that Ryan does to his bride are very bad indeed, making for a disarming, potent tale about the extreme vagaries of the heart.
The Lost Moment
- Excerpt: Martin Gabel’s Henry James-adaptation The Lost Moment may be the actor’s only directorial effort, but it’s a fairly strong one all the same. Robert Cummings stars as a conniving publisher looking to secure the love letters of a long-departed romantic poet, sidling up to Agnes Moorehead, the aging recipient of those missives.
The Rise and Fall of “Legs” Diamond
Tora! Tora! Tora!
- Excerpt: The filmmakers make it clear that what’s coming, from Midway to the Atom Bomb, will be a calamity, and any time this Pandora’s box is opened is a grim one for humanity in general.
Recent Home Video Releases
The Monkey’s Paw
Monster High: Clawesome Double Feature
The Unknown Known
- Excerpt: Less politically enlightening than its cinematic predecessor [The Fog of War], The Unknown Known succeeds instead in highlighting with a blacked out layer of comedy just how tenaciously arrogant Rumsfeld and his administrative cohorts truly were while they sent American troops to fight forces on the other side of the world who in the end did not actually possess weapons of mass destruction.
Vic + Flo Saw A Bear
- Excerpt: Vic + Flo Saw A Bear is a stark meditation on what it means to be middle aged and a grizzly genre film trapsing through the wilderness in the misbegotten skins of sexualized hi-drama queer cinema.
Wolf Creek 2
Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier
Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
Belle of the Nineties
Bend of the River
- Excerpt: Captain January is a great introduction to the world of Shirley Temple.
- Excerpt: There’s potential in the narrative, but the inept script isn’t interested in taking it beyond convention.
Dial M for Murder
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1921)
Full Metal Jacket
Gang War in Milan
Kissing Jessica Stein
- Excerpt: A sweet and sometimes funny romantic comedy from the turn of the 21st century, Kissing Jessica Stein is a likable movie that, for its time, had a rather admirable goal: to look at two women trying to have a same-sex relationship as a healthy, viable option. Ultimately, though, Kissing Jessica Stein shows its age. It hedges its bets and even seems slightly naïve in hindsight. Not bad, by any means, but frozen in time.
Song of the Thin Man
- Excerpt: This series really comes off like a twenty-year marriage where the couple tries to break from their tired routine by meeting new people but eventually sticking to what’s comfortable.
The Thin Man Goes Home
- Excerpt: It’s another breezy foray into the world of Nick and Nora, but the premise is tired…