Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.
Reviews of Classic Films
All That Jazz
- Excerpt: …doesn’t really start high-kicking until the heart attack strikes and Gideon’s anesthesia-induced musical fantasies kick in.
The Brides of Dracula
- Excerpt: A fiercely concentrated and lushly executed work of Hammer’s peculiar brand of Technicolor Gothic.
Grace Kelly Collection
- Excerpt: The few times her directors were able to tap into that certain…something true movie stars possess, her visceral effect was palpable. However, as an actress….
Hiroshima Mon Amour
- Excerpt: Like the anonymous entwined bodies glimpsed in its opening moments, things tend to commingle in Alain Resnais’s revolutionary first feature, Hiroshima Mon Amour.Being essentially a film for two voices, Hiroshima Mon Amour lends itself to the monologue or solo recitative.
- Excerpt: “The Kid” is significant in cinema history because it is one of the first films to combine comedy and drama as a succinct filmic form.
Rubin and Ed
- Excerpt: Crispin Glover playing something very near the Crispin Glover-iest character ever written.
Recent Home Video Releases
The Devil’s Business
- Excerpt: It’s kind of amazing to think that this and Platoon were released within months of each other, both garnering critical acclaim and Academy attention, yet Salvador, lacking the distance and cultural attention of Vietnam, seems to have been somewhat forgotten about. It’s high time this film found an appreciative audience.
Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier
The Adventures of Marco Polo
- Excerpt: Frequently amusing comedy/romance masquerading as a big-budget swashbuckler.
- Excerpt: Crisp and clean-looking…but rather dull in the end police actioner from executive producer Robert Lippert’s Associated Producers, Inc..
- Excerpt: Cinema Fearité Presents ‘Cannibal Holocaust’ – A Legendary Faux-Documentary That Did Its Job A Little Too Well
Elmer, the Great
- Excerpt: Joe. E. Brown is brilliant in creating a uniquely American comedic character: the annoying, infuriating showboat who doesn’t seem to know what’s what…but who can back up his mouth in the end and make us like him.
The Evil Dead
Fighting Back (1948)
- Excerpt: An intriguing noir dealing with a little-covered subject–convicts who exchanged their prison sentences for a WWII uniform–turns into Blondie Meets an Ex-Con.
Local Boy Makes Good
- Excerpt: Some pre-Code enforcement sex talk enlivens this genial college comedy.
- Excerpt: Strange, hypnotic doom and gloom Southern cult classic, with a one-of-a-kind cast.
The Lusty Men
The Moonshine War
- Excerpt: A flat-out disaster–and an especially disappointing one–considering the promising set-up.
- Excerpt: Drab, dull cavalry oater.
The Portuguese Nun
Raffles Double Feature
- Excerpt: A charming early talkie caper featuring the prototypical “gentleman thief”…and its lesser remake.
A Very Honorable Guy
- Excerpt: Fast-paced, funny Damon Runyon/Joe E. Brown caper.