Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.
Reviews of Classic Films
The Dark Crystal
- Excerpt: Salvador Dalí’s only moving canvas… This dream of a Disney princess trapped in Dalí’s delirious desert is something we will not see the likes of again in our lifetimes.
- Excerpt: The Goddess is an extremely beautiful, emotional film, and Ruan’s performance is one of the most moving I’ve seen in a film, silent or sound.
The Human Condition
- Excerpt: There’s a definite need for a particular strain of horror that’s aimed at kids, and Poltergeist proves that it can be done effectively, without pulling punches or watering things down.
- Excerpt: Rosemary’s Baby, for me, is a bit like the original Dracula. It isn’t ‘scary’ in that I was frightened. However, it was highly atmospheric, creepy, and more suspense than pure gore.
- Excerpt: There was just an extraordinary beauty to Pickford, and a fine example of that is Sparrows, a story that mixes both horror and hope, that has really exciting moments and which stands the test of time.
Recent Home Video Releases
The House with 100 Eyes
- Excerpt: The makers of The House with 100 Eyes may intend it as a meta-satire, but if that’s the case, they’ve not done a good enough job of making it clear.
Invitation to a Gunfighter
Our Mother’s House
- Excerpt: Review of a superior British melodrama.
Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier
Empire of the Ants / Jaws of Satan
Greetings From Tim Buckley
- Excerpt: Id’ won’t commit to being a black comedy, a serious psycho-spiritual rumination, or a surreal nightmare, but keeps changing its strategy every few minutes, hoping something will stick.
Man, Pride and Vengeance
- Excerpt: Cinema Fearité Presents ‘Monkey Shines’ – George Romero Minus Zombies Equals Evil Monkeys
The New Spirit
- Excerpt: It’s not certain what parts of The New Spirit were most effective, but a Gallup poll that year found of the estimated 60 million people who saw the cartoon, more than 37 percent said it directly affected their willingness to do their taxes.