Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.
Reviews of Classic Films
The Learning Tree
- Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] Gordon Parks’s adaptation of his semi-autobiographical novel is a rich melodrama about the plight of blacks living in 1920s Kansas, where racism reigns supreme.
Man Bites Dog
- Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] Self-reflexive social satire rarely comes with such a hilarious fury of black humor as it does in this ingenious mockumentary about filming a serial killer’s pursuits.
My Own Private Idaho
- Excerpt: …feels like an interesting story that keeps getting interrupted by a high school class’ Shakespeare rehearsal.
- Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] “Rocky” struck a nerve with American audiences at the time because it spoke directly to a ‘70s era lower middle-class dream of success that has since been exploded into a billion pieces.
Vivre sa vie
- Excerpt: Vivre sa vie is one of Godard’s most moving and soberest films.
Recent Home Video Releases
Other Reviews from 2014 and earlier
12 Years a Slave
20.000 Days on Earth
22 Jump Street
3 Days to Kill
300: Rise of an Empire
Alice in the Cities
- Excerpt: This is where Wenders strikes gold because Alice in the Cities isn’t some cute odd couple pairing for antics or heartwarmingly revelatory meaning of life epiphanies. They are kindred spirits, lonely and longing to be seen and heard when everyone else has pushed them aside.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Army of Darkness: Collector’s Edition
Back to the Future Trilogy: 30th Anniversary Edition
Dear White People
- Excerpt: Funny, angry, fair and complex, Dear White People is a very promising debut for Simien and an important intervention about race in America.
Hammer Horror Classics: Volume 1
The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies (Extended Edition)
Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers
- Excerpt: Cinema Fearité Bids Farewell To Gunnar Hansen With ‘Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers’ – His ‘Other’ Chainsaw Movie
- Excerpt: Founds itself on a coarse irony, then fails to do much with the premise you couldn’t find in a one-sentence logline.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge
- Excerpt: The sequel is clunky, sluggish, poorly cast (hey, opening credits: no appearance by Clu Gulagher is a “special appearance”), not funny, and worst of all, not scary. But the picture is a fascinating curio nonetheless, for one simple reason: it is packed to the gills with gay subtext, so much so that it’s been embraced by the LGBT community and made over into something resembling a cult classic.
- Excerpt: Out 1 subtly pivots into a more reflective mode for its final hours, one that officially dissolves the concrete details into ciphers and red herrings and redirects attention to the sources of the anxieties driving them. It’s here that the film most deeply fascinates, where it digs into the hitherto unclear connections between its various wandering souls and insinuates the faiths and fears that either brought them together or drove them apart.
- Excerpt: There really are no other movies like this one.
- Excerpt: There’s little to “get”—just lots of unrestrained madness to relish.
She’s Funny That Way
Samuel Castro @ Ochoymedio.info [Spanish]
- Excerpt: Una comedia de enredos que nos hace recordar títulos más afortunados de no hace mucho tiempo.
Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight
Twice Upon a Time
- Excerpt: Those caveats certainly don’t diminish Watership Down’s impact. The storytelling is still quite strong, and some of the choices are daring even without placing Watership Down in its historical context.