Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.
Reviews of Classic Films
Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]
- Excerpt: he problem with taking a purely skeptical view of Easy Rider — which is easy to do, once you start picking at the picture’s scabs — is that so much of the movie that still has a pulse, still vibrates with such manic energy that you can shut out the rest and understand why it got everyone’s hair up back in ’69.
The Exorcist (Director’s Cut)
The Gold Diggers
Lawrence of Arabia
- Excerpt: It is safe to say that there has never been a more electrifying career launch in movie history than Peter O’Toole’s in Lawrence of Arabia.
Murder, My Sweet
- Excerpt: It doesn’t boast the star power of The Big Sleep, but it doesn’t need that with a story and acting as good as it gives.
Somebody Up There Likes Me
- Excerpt: http://journeysinclassicfilm.com/2014/08/19/somebody-up-there-likes-me-1956/
Y Tu Mamá También
- Excerpt: The further we get from ‘Y Tu Mamá,’ the more it feels like a standalone work, a nakedly personal film from a director whose films lean more toward universal experience and spectacle.
Recent Home Video Releases
All That Jazz
- Excerpt: ALL THAT JAZZ’s Oscar-winning editing, by Alan Heim, brilliantly uses repetition and rhythm to elicit emotions in the same way a dancer like Fosse would.
Go For Sisters
- Excerpt: While the story itself doesn’t entirely justify the tedium that occasionally arises from Knight’s exercise, it does present Hardy an opportunity to impress us once again.
Manakamana | Blu-ray Review
- Excerpt: In theory, the film sounds like a heady slog of documentary slow cinema, but the resulting two hour feature is a charming bit of ethnographic observation that challenges us to consider the implications of technology on traditional cultures and religious rituals.
On the Beach
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
- Excerpt: Imagine a telenovela, the ubiquitous melodramas of Spanish-language TV, bathed in lurid splashes of color (thanks to cinematographer José Luis Alcaine) and a Herrmann-esque suspense score (by Ennio Morricone). You’ll still only get a hint of why Almodóvar is often held up as the Spanish Hitchcock.
Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier
Conquest of Space
- Excerpt: SEE! the amazing trek of the heroes to collect rock samples! THRILL! as these pioneers of the stars collect…more rock samples!
The Full Monty
Howard the Duck
- Excerpt: If you try to summarize the events of Howard the Duck — and after a couple of stabs at this futile enterprise, I’m electing not to — you just sound like a crazy person, because if Howard the Duck has one outstanding characteristic, it is not the neon ‘80s aesthetic or the corresponding crimped and teased hairdos or the utter creepiness of the titular duck himself. It is the film’s total lack of any logic.
I’ve Always Loved You
- Excerpt: It’s a story of high drama, one that should be as fevered and intense as the music it revolves around, but like its uptight conductor, I’ve Always Loved You has a little too much starch in its collar. Borzage’s realization of the story is too consistent in tempo.
Outpost in Malaya
The Wizard of Gore
- Excerpt: Cinema Fearité Presents ‘The Wizard of Gore’ – A Splattery Flick From The Godfather Of Gore, Herschell Gordon Lewis