Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD. Pre-2016 Film Reviews Bottle Rocket Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour [Indonesian] Looker Michael Reuben @ Blu-ray.com Excerpt: The film’s depiction of technology is hopelessly dated, but as usual with writer/director Michael Crichton, his instincts about where we were heading were uncannily accurate. A Matter of Life and Death Chris Barsanti @ PopMatters Excerpt: Powell and Pressburger’s witty wartime classic about a British airman who goes to court in heaven to appeal his death is a celebration of the human spirit that separates romanticism from sentimentality. Scarlet Diva Michael Reuben @ Blu-ray.com Excerpt: […]
Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD. Pre-2016 Film Reviews Appropriate Behavior Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com Excerpt: You shouldn’t be surprised by how much heartache is present considering the subject matter lets it exist behind every scene, but it will surprise simply because we so rarely receive it in this genre. Birdboy: The Forgotten Children Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies Excerpt: Birdboy’ is the story of cute, drug-addicted baby animals stranded on a dystopian, post-apocalyptic island… But for all of its sarcastic nihilism, it’s not a black comedy, but an empathetic fable and an immersive spectacle, […]
Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD. Pre-2016 Film Reviews Assault on Precinct 13 Roderick Heath @ Film Freedonia Excerpt: Much like his hero Bishop, John Carpenter was a man trying to get somewhere when he made Assault on Precinct 13, one feeling the pinch of frustration. The Bad Sleep Well Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [Portuguese] Excerpt: An analysis of the human character. The Beaches of Agnès Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [Portuguese] Excerpt: Varda reconstructs his memories in a film that is pure visual and thematic delight. The Birds Steve Biodrowski @ Hollywood Gothique Excerpt: Over […]
Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD. Pre-2016 Film Reviews Dodeskaden Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [Portuguese] Excerpt: A great achievement about putting our concerns into perspective and understanding what this life can be, if we want or leave. Entranced Earth Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [Portuguese] Excerpt: A cycle that is barely at the end and merges with another, even more cruel than the previous one, dressed in fashionable clothes and with words or systems of political-economic salvation, some supposedly innovative faces and much demagogy, making politics the art of putting a whole nation in dizzying trance. […]
Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD. Pre-2016 Film Reviews 2001: A Space Odyssey Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com Excerpt: 2001: A Space Odyssey takes us on a journey from past to future that cements our role as pawn to our creators and creations. It shows violence, deception, and hubris as built inside our DNA with permanence fated to fuel our demise. Fight Club Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies Excerpt: …works on every level. The script is as tight as a balled fist and delivers its plot points like gut punches, with not a moment that doesn’t […]
Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD. Pre-2016 Film Reviews A Minute to Pray, A Second to Die Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee Excerpt: Faring better in supporting roles are veterans Arthur Kennedy as the marshal, and Robert Ryan as the two-fisted governor. Ryan appears to be having fun with his role, a glint in his eye and the hint of a smile as he takes on all challengers.
Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD. Pre-2016 Film Reviews The Avengers Moises Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com Excerpt: In order to keep Loki, the god of mischief, from subjugating Earth, Nick Fury assembles a team of superheroes in The Avengers, but first, they must overcome their clashing egos before deciding a plan of attack. Six years later, the first in the franchise remains as entertaining as ever, thanks in part to Marvel’s slow build up to the event but Joss Whedon’s input and direction also takes considerable credit in the movie’s massive success. Hihintayin kita sa langit Bavner […]
Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD. Pre-2016 Film Reviews The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez Jon Partridge @ Cinapse Excerpt: Edward James Olmos stars in this gritty, cross-cultural folk tale, new to the Criterion collection Cinderella Liberty Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row Lady Street Fighter Jon Partridge @ Cinapse Excerpt: Lady Street Fighter is certainly an acquired taste. When the action is flowing, it’s a sleazy action romp. When the narrative kicks in, the film becomes a disjointed, befuddling affair, but there’s certainly enough weirdness help you along the way. A Matter of Life and Death […]
Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD. Pre-2016 Film Reviews Interstellar Anne Hoyt @ AARP.org/Español Excerpt: El tiempo es el gran tema en el cine de los hermanos Nolan y esa inquietud filosófica alcanza su máxima expresión visual en Interstellar. Esta ópera espacial, que es a la vez historia de amor, drama sicológico y de suspenso, nos plantea una visión del futuro revolucionaria y radical: nos devuelve al pasado.
Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD. Pre-2016 Film Reviews The Big Country Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row Excerpt: The Big Country is perhaps one of the finest Hollywood westerns of the period. Wyler explores themes of violence, pacifism, and the ripple effects of both, asking whether or not violence has any purpose in a modern, civilized world. Dragon Inn Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row Excerpt: If the film is unfamiliar to western audiences, surely that is because it has been widely unavailable on home video until the release of the new Criterion Blu-Ray […]