Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.
Reviews of Classic Films
- Excerpt: “Atlantic City” is full of compact social editorializing that elevates its seemingly run-of-the-mill trappings into something sublime by way of its emotionally dependent characters.
The Big Chill
- Excerpt: nd yet, again, I must stress, The Big Chill is an enjoyable movie. I don’t think it’s a very good one, but it’s pretty easy to watch.
It Happened One Night
Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
- Excerpt: Mr. Deeds Goes to a Town is a heartwarming slice of Americana with picture-perfect performances from Jean Arthur and Gary Cooper.
- Excerpt: Martin Ritt’s 1961 jazz-infused drama Paris Blues is one of those films that, once you’ve seen it, you’re kind of shocked that people don’t talk about it more. A joint vehicle for Sidney Poitier and Paul Newman, Paris Blues is a Kazan-like social narrative that juxtaposes new Hollywood method with old Hollywood romanticism and somehow let’s both win without compromising either.
- Excerpt: John Waters’s second movie not only set the low bar for just how gross a midnight movie could be in 1972, “Pink Flamingos” remains to this day the most cogently transgressive and anarchic film ever made.
- Excerpt: Delbert Mann’s cinematic adaptation of Terence Rattigan’s Separate Tables is a terrific drama that grapples with some heavy issues with a delicate touch and sensitive insight. An all-star cast, including Oscar-winners David Niven and Deborah Kerr, as well as a forceful performance by Burt Lancaster, brings the varying population of a British hotel to life.
Sex, Lies, and Videotape
To Catch a Thief
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
- Excerpt: Over the years, however, the film achieved the status as a cult film and is now widely accepted as an outright classic. It’s easy to see why.
You Can’t Take It With You
Recent Home Video Releases
Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit
- Excerpt: Holliday and Holden act as the student and teacher of a brave new world where people shouldn’t be afraid to gain a bit of intelligence.
- Excerpt: To watch it as simply another Bible story is to miss the fact that Aronofsky reminds audiences of the flood myth’s lasting effect as a parable, or better yet as an ancient allegory in which we see our contemporary world conveyed.
Nymph()maniac Vol. I + II | DVD Review
- Excerpt: Nymph()maniac props its sexual indulgences upon the dense thematic support of gender politics, dry humor, and the philosophical challenges inherent in the freedom of flesh from emotion.