Category Archives: Classics & Other Film Reviews

Classics & More on DVD (Dec. 25, 2018)

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Pre-2016 Film Reviews

The Grissom Gang

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: The Grissom Gang may be one of Robert Aldrich’s lesser films, but there is one scene that he gets absolutely right.

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour

Mala Noche

Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour

Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: … the equivalent of an R-rated “Flying Circus” episode with nudity, blasphemy, grossout humor, absurdity, and, of course, fish.

La Prisonniere

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: Setting aside the narrative, Clouzot continues what was begun with Inferno with a continued interest in abstract and “experimental” filmmaking as it was expressed in the mid to late 1960s.

Suburra

Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog Film Reviews

Superman: The Movie

M. Enois Duarte @ HighDefDigest.com

  • Excerpt: In 1978, the Man of Steel made audiences around the world believe a man could fly in Richard Donner’s Superman, thanks to Christopher Reeve’s iconic-making performance and Gene Hackman’s memorable role as Lex Luther.

Classics & More on DVD (Dec. 18, 2018)

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Pre-2016 Film Reviews

The Devils

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: The Devils’ is a historically accurate account of a real-life medieval witch hunt—but Ken Russell emphasizes only the oddest and most perverse details, so that the movie itself becomes as hysterical and overwrought as the frenzy it condemns.

Classics & More on DVD (Dec. 11, 2018)

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Pre-2016 Film Reviews

Schindler’s List

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: The devastating cultural experience Spielberg’s masterpiece presented to us 25 years ago felt then like a piece of history. Today, from the bowels of 2018, it feels like a warning, a premonition, a harbinger.

Classics & More on DVD (Dec. 4, 2018)

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Pre-2016 Film Reviews

Clouzot: The Early Works

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: Film historian Peter Tonguette’s accompanying booklet is titled “The Apprenticeship of Henri-Georges Clouzot” – perhaps too unwieldy for a blu-ray title, but more accurate. The six features are all linked by having Clouzot’s hand in the screenplays.

Come and See

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

Évolution

Federico Furzan @ Cinelipsis [Spanish]

Fists in the Pocket

Ronald Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies

Robin and Marian

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews

Robin Hood

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews

Scarlet Diva

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

That Obscure Object of Desire

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

Classics & More on DVD (Nov. 27, 2018)

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Pre-2016 Film Reviews

Fists in the Pocket

Ronald Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies

  • Excerpt: Comedy at its darkest in this transfixing black and white beauty from the golden days of Italian cinema.

Robin and Marian

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews

  • Excerpt: Robin and Marian is at times a raucous film but it is also a heartfelt love story. The ending might surprise people but on the whole, this is a film of a lion in winter, who has one last roar left to him.

Robin Hood

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews

  • Excerpt: Robin Hood may be flawed, but its a nice delightful little romp that one forgives much of it.

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews

  • Excerpt: I’m surprised that I ended up liking Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves the second time round. Maybe I’ve grown softer and more forgiving.

Scarlet Diva

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: … a rambling confessional that plays like a trashy tell-all bestseller brought to life by an ambitious film student who hadn’t quite decided whether she wants to direct for the art-house or for the late night cable market.

That Obscure Object of Desire

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Buñuel’s final film is one of his most tightly controlled and plotted movies, the work of a 77-year old master intent on putting the final punctuation on a distinguished career.

Classics & More on DVD (Oct. 30, 2018)

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Pre-2016 Film Reviews

How Joe Sarno Made

Michael Barrett @

Lunacy

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: It’s got the Marquis de Sade, an asylum run by chicken-farming lunatics, and animated steaks dancing in between scenes. Despite that lineup, it may be Jan Svankmajer’s most conventional movie.

Rudolph Valentino Collection

Michael Barrett @ PopMatters

Classics & More on DVD (Oct. 23, 2018)

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The Bridge

Federico Furzan @ Cinelipsis [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Una trágica y distinta visión a un monumento que esconde muchos secretos de quienes van ahí a tomar una decisión terrible.

The Egyptian

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: Taking on a rich and intellectually ambitious book like Waltari’s with a setting so rarely tackled on screen, Zanuck and Curtiz were aiming higher than the general run of Technicolor epics until that date.

Lake Mungo

Federico Furzan @ Cinelipsis [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Un “mockumentary” que a través de imágenes turbias y una historia colmada de enigmas, impacta a los puristas del horror

Mad Max: Fury Road

Federico Furzan @ Cinelipsis [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Nunca es tarde para regresar a ver la película más importante de acción de la última década.

Tale of Vampire

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: An atoll of genuine creative spark amongst the largely torpid range of 1990s horror cinema, Tale of a Vampire is one of those movies that doesn’t entirely work, and yet lingers in the memory with rare and mysterious fervour.

You Never Know Women

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: The blu-ray is taken from the 4K restoration of the film, including tinted scenes. (William) Wellman, Jr. quotes from several reviews from 1926 with several writers noting the influence of German films on the visual style.

Classics & More on DVD (Oct. 9, 2018)

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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: Scarlet Diva has the raw emotional intensity of a creator and main character who is not embarrassed to reveal the depth of her feelings and the extent of her follies. The film deserves to be seen and appreciated “as is”, and Film Movement’s Blu-ray delivers that experience as effectively and accurately as possible.

Seven Servants

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: The canon of surreal cinema is filled with weirder films, and filled with better films, but there are few films whose very existence is as improbable as ‘Seven Servants.’

Si Mamad

Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour [Indonesian]

The Spiral Staircase

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: The story of a mute servant girl and an unknown serial killer in a small New England town, trapped in a mansion with the possibility of the killer somewhere near, still holds up after seventy years.

The Swarm

Michael Reuben @ Blu-ray.com

  • Excerpt: The next time someone tells you that a recent film is the worst movie ever made, ask them if they’ve seen The Swarm.

The Virgin Spring

Chris Barsanti @ PopMatters

Waking Life

Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com

  • Excerpt: Trees palpate, houses disarticulate into a vibrating dance, words and ideas, as befits a film about them, are made manifest and hang in the air as a sometime sardonic antiphony to the text.

Classics & More on DVD (Oct. 2, 2018)

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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, told through beautiful and often psychedelic animation.

Capturing the Friedmans

Federico Furzan @ Cinelipsis [Spanish]

Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

Federico Furzan @ Cinelipsis [Spanish]

Green Room

Federico Furzan @ Cinelipsis [Spanish]

Joaquim Pedro de Andrade: The Complete Films

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: Unlike the French New Wave, where we had some idea of what the rebellion was all about, Cinema Novo was both a rebellion in terms of filmmaking and of taking a political stance.

Macbeth

Federico Furzan @ Cinelipsis [Spanish]

Miller’s Crossing

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: We love these characters because they’re flawed and thus allow the Coens to let the story dictate their ends. It’s not a matter of who should die in any given situation because letting the person who would die is far better.

Stoker

Federico Furzan @ Cinelipsis [Spanish]

Classics & More on DVD (Sep. 25, 2018)

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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 five decades later, Hitchock’s approach still works, but it requires a certain amount of audience engagement: viewers have to pay attention, not just sit back and wait for the feathers to fly.

Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji was Uchida’s first film after fifteen years. Yasujiro Ozu, Daisuke Ito, and Hiroshi Shimizu are credited here as advisors to the production.

Bridge of Spies

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: This is not a spy movie.

The Choice

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: The premiere of Idrissa Ouedraogo in feature films.

Cold Water

Ken Bakely @ Film Pulse

  • Excerpt: With strong performances from a cast of mostly non-actors, top-notch cinematography from Denis Lenoir and a dynamic soundtrack – all of which come together in a party scene for the ages – the film is a thoughtful study in depicting adolescence, a time that’s filled with both fiery passion and a distinct lack of direction.

The Dark Knight

Steve Biodrowski @ Hollywood Gothique

  • Excerpt: Returning to the IMAX screen a decade after its initial release, The Dark Knight’s looks as good as – in fact better than – ever.

Ebirah, Horror of the Deep

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Is it a lobster? It’s a crab? Noooooooooo! It’s Ebirah!

The Farmer’s Daughter

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: Loretta Young won an Oscar for the title role. I can only assume that this was more for career recognition, and that her character was more likable than the competition made up of flawed characters portrayed by Rosalind Russell, Joan Crawford, Susan Hayward and Dorothy McGuire.

Frankenstein’s Bloody Terror in 3D

Steve Biodrowski @ Hollywood Gothique

  • Excerpt: At the end of the day, Frankenstein’s Bloody Terror may be one of those films best enjoyed as a childhood memory, but finally seeing it in 3D was roughly equivalent to finding the Holy Grail.

Heleno

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: The story of a Brazilian football legend.

Invasion of Astro-Monster

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Godzilla, the atomic dancer.

Madadayo

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: The swan song of Akira Kurosawa.

Museo

Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International

  • Excerpt: A half-assed revolutionary’s big museum score goes south in this quirky, artfully composed comedic heist.

Scenes from a Marriage

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Bergman and the marriage.

The Serpent’s Egg

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Possibly the best film ever made about the Weimar Republic.

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Red horses leap through the sky, a parade of Christmas characters includes the Grim Reaper, and it all plays out under a star of eternal love twinkling in an icy sky far above. Soviet authorities saw these nostalgic fantasies as dangerous counter-revolutionary nods to the pre-Communist past and an antiquated culture, but it is as much a manifesto for a superior counter-reality.