Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.
Reviews of Classic Films
All That Jazz
- Excerpt: It was, in many ways, a vibrant and visceral assertion of what it meant to be Bob Fosse. More than that, it’s a full throated exclamation of what it means to be an artist.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies
Cotton Comes to Harlem
- Excerpt: A highpoint of blaxploitation and of 1970s action movies in general, Cotton Comes to Harlem is smart, rollicking crime picture that never takes itself too seriously even while it has very serious things to say.
- Excerpt: As a lightly magical realist comedy, ‘Cry-Baby’ is fairly successful, although of course many Waters fans will miss the nasty grit of the trashpile 1970s movies.
- Excerpt: The social mores and customs are amusingly dated, but that’s really the point now isn’t it? Let’s just say, they don’t make ‘em like this anymore.
- Excerpt: Built around a short outline by director Blake Edwards, The Party sets Peter Sellers loose to do what he does best: create elaborate situational slapstick. The results are often hilarious, occasionally surprising, and even a little sweet.
Portrait of Jennie
- Excerpt: The majority of the film is rather bland, mired in romantic conventions, but a sharp and death-defying third act saves it.
Vengeance is Mine
Recent Home Video Releases
All That Jazz
- Excerpt: All That Jazz is filmmaking at its most creative and imaginative
The Buddy Holly Story
- Excerpt: A factual disaster and still wholly entertaining as a sort of performative docudrama that blurs the lines between Holly and Busey, The Buddy Holly Story is no classic, yet its certainly worth a watch for Busey’s Oscar nominated performance alone.
Juggernaut / Forum
Life For Life: Maximilian Kolbe
- Excerpt: Nearly two decades before his Oscar-winning role as a Jew-hunting Nazi in Quentin Tarantino’s lurid WWII fantasy “Inglourious Basterds,” Christoph Waltz played an Auschwitz survivor whose escape is linked to the death of one of Auschwitz’s most celebrated victims, St. Maximilian Kolbe.
Out of the Past
The Secret of Santa Vittoria
- Excerpt: Twilight Time’s latest release is a diamond in the rough.
Bob Cashill @ Cineaste
Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier
Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack / Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla
The Half Naked Truth
Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil
Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]
Night Train to Terror
- Excerpt: Cinema Fearité Presents ‘Night Train to Terror’ – A Schizophrenically Weird Ride With God and Satan
A Place for Lovers
Rebirth of Mothra Trilogy
Romancing the Stone
- Excerpt: Romancing the Stone hearkens back to the action/adventure rom-coms of an earlier era but includes the requisite 1980s tropes to stay current.
She Played With Fire
Successive Slidings of Pleasure
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
- Excerpt: Of all the properties from the 1980s to make it big in pop culture, few would have placed bets in favour of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a black and white, somewhat gritty if also comically inclined graphic novel by the writer-artist duo of Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.
That’s My Man
Two Mules for Sister Sara
- Excerpt: Don Siegel annexed aspects of Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch (1969) and set about stitching together disparate influences with his own viewpoint in satirising the disparity between the individualist, macho hero and the woman who is in some ways tougher and more determined than him.