Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.
Reviews of Classic Films
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
- Excerpt: There are moments of pure craziness in Sam Peckinpah’s 1974 bloodbath Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia. It’s a revenge picture where the revenge only emerges by circumstance and changes course regularly, making friends of a severed head in a bag and the man who went looking for it, hoping to get paid by taking down the lout who just happened to sleep with his woman.
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (1973)
Bob Cashill @ Cineaste
- Excerpt: James Mason in an Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s underrated spy thriller.
Glen or Glenda
- Excerpt: ‘Glen or Glenda’ is as much legend as movie. Watching it is like being initiated into a secret cult of coolness.
Recent Home Video Releases
The Biggest Bundle of Them All
Like Someone in Love
- Excerpt: This makes Like Someone in Love one of those movies that defies traditional narrative and instead mimics the rhythms of real life. And yet, this too is a construct, a fiction that the filmmaker establishes and then tricks us into buying into–at least in the sense that he uses the simulacrum of realism to inspire us to invest in the happenings in a completely different way.
The Max Linder Collection
The Rose and the Jackal
Two by Alain Robbe-Grillet
Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier
The Ballad of Ramblin’ Jack
- Excerpt: Lord, he was born a rambling man, but a man who rambles too much is a man that you can’t pin down. He was a folk singer, a man whose soul could whip up the most heartfelt music you ever heard, yet he never seems to have had a commitment to anything.
Cool As Ice
- Excerpt: Never has one man done so much with so little. Vanilla Ice – whose assumed stage name was apparently an improvement over Robbie Van Winkle – built his public persona on a square-jawed, white-as-an-eggshell rapper who could dance like Hammer and lay down some made rhymes, whatever that means.
The Doll Squad
Hell to Eternity
Home in Indiana
- Excerpt: Henry Hathaway’s 1944 family drama Home in Indiana is fine on the surface, but there are no hidden revelations lurking underneath. The story offers nothing surprising, original, or inspiring, it only serves to teach its own moral lesson–one its inherent racism renders somewhat moot.
Lynch’s Affinity for Laura Palmer
- Excerpt: Each time we’re made privy to Laura’s circumstances, Lynch and Lee remind us Laura is not the shallow Madonna/Whore cipher she was on TV.
Revenge of the Nerds
- Excerpt: This shambolic mass of quivering quirk is for fans of the cast only—specifically, for fans of Crispin Glover, who, bullwhip in hand, is acting somewhere near the acme of his Crispin Glover-ishness here as a fey would-be artist.