Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.
Reviews of Classic Films
Dante’s Inferno (1935)
- Excerpt: The five minutes or so in the final half of Harry Lachman’s 1935 melodrama Dante’s Inferno where the film takes a quick turn into the underworld is one of the more impressive versions of Hell ever created on a Hollywood soundstage. The rest of the movie lacks that original vision, however.
- Excerpt: These musical bits provide a nice diversion and pad out an otherwise thin script. Most of the movie’s appeal for modern eyes will rest with Crawford, whose onscreen presence and versatility impresses more and more the deeper any viewer digs into her filmography and the further away they get from the misshapen Mommie Dearest clichés.
Mr. Soft Touch
- Excerpt: If you’re tired of the same old Christmas movies and looking for more alternative choices, then may I recommend you consider the 1949 Glenn Ford vehicle Mr. Soft Touch? It’s a heart-warming crime film set on Christmas Eve and spilling over onto Christmas Day, and it’s full of the kind of family-centric humor and redemptive themes that make for the best holiday entertainment.
- Excerpt: There is a fundamental immaturity about this movie that panders to boys’ least subtle sex and violence fantasies… But, there is also a genuine pulp poetry in the staging that lifts the finished product above its starting material.
Recent Home Video Releases
Female Gym Coach: Jump and Straddle
Home of the Brave (1949)
King Kong Escapes!
Office Love: Behind Closed Doors
- Excerpt: Sometimes the talent worth noticing, even in a soft core sex film, is not in front of the camera.
Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier
101 Dalmatians (1996)
- Excerpt: Whatever interest this film might hold today for most viewers would probably lie in its truly odd assortment of stars, many of whom are billed in TV fashion as making special appearances, like serious veteran thespian Opatashu, cunningly cast nonactor Chief Dan, a reputed Native American activist and tribal leader, future faces like Leno, and stars of the moment like Costello and Meat Loaf, Cybill Shepherd as the gold-painted girl who appeals to the audience in Monty’s opening production, and the ill-fated Dorothy Stratten in a blink-or-miss role as a Playboy bunny.
And So They Were Married
- Excerpt: David Michôd’s sensational directorial debut Animal Kingdom (2010) reinvigorated my faith that Australian cinema is capable of truly profound complexity.
A Clockwork Orange
Fate is the Hunter
I Live My Life
Lemale et ha’halal
Samuel Castro @ Ochoymedio.info [Spanish]
- Excerpt: Una película que sirve como pasaporte a conocer la cultura judía jasídica pero que tropieza a la hora de definir su conflicto central, por culpa de la indefinición de su protagonista.
Marie Antoinette (1938)
Midnight in Paris
- Excerpt: I continue to be utterly taken with Midnight in Paris.
- Excerpt: Red State resonates, and I’ll be going back to Cooper’s Dell for another sermon. I was blessed with the opportunity to ask the film-maker Kevin Smith a question prior to the film; “What’s it like having your ace up your sleeve?” His answer… “Fucking Phenomenal!” I concur.