Category Archives: Classics & Other Film Reviews

Classics & More on DVD (Feb. 9, 2021)

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Pre-2018 Film Reviews

Fellini’s Casanova

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies (1976)

  • Excerpt: Overall, ‘Casanova’ is overlong, unsympathetic, miscast, and a failure of tone. That’s not to say it’s entirely without interest, however; this is Fellini, so there’s always the possibility that some carnival with a 7-foot woman attended by two dwarfs in powdered wigs is waiting around the next bend.

Classics & More on DVD (Feb. 2, 2021)

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Pre-2018 Film Reviews

Joint Security Area (Arrow Video blu-ray)

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Newly issued on a blu-ray packed with extras by Arrow Video, it is fascinating to regard the work of director Chan-wook Park (“Oldboy,” “The Handmaiden”) before his vengeance trilogy catapulted him to global recognition.

Classics & More on DVD (Jan. 26, 2021)

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Pre-2018 Film Reviews

Happiness

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies (1998)

  • Excerpt: Masterfully manipulative, totally assured in its execution, and totally ruthless in its worldview.

Classics & More on DVD (Jan. 19, 2021)

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Pre-2018 Film Reviews

Acute Misfortune

James Wegg @ JWR (2018)

  • Excerpt: A Portrait of the Artist as a Deranged Man

Memories of Murder

James Wegg @ JWR (2003)

  • Excerpt: The failure to serve and protect

Tammy and the T-Rex

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies (1994)

  • Excerpt: The movie fills its “dumb fun” niche admirably.

Classics & More on DVD (Jan. 5, 2021)

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Pre-2018 Film Reviews

Back to Burgundy

Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com (2017)

  • Excerpt: The vineyard setting may be specific, and it may incidentally instill a new or grater admiration and respect for the winemaking process, but this is a more universal tale of families in a world where new opportunities vie with the comfort of the familiar.

Crash

Matt Brown @ Screen Anarchy (1996)

  • Excerpt: Advice to Torontonians: Don’t watch ‘Crash’ during a pandemic in December

Goodbye, Dragon Inn

Lee Jutton @ Film Inquiry (2003)

  • Excerpt: While watching Goodbye, Dragon Inn’s new 4K restoration on your laptop, instead of gazing up at it on a massive screen in the dark, surrounded by fellow film lovers, feels wrong, the act of doing so also reminds us exactly what we’re missing.

Puzzle of a Downfall Child

Sarah Boslaugh @ The Arts STL (1970)

  • Excerpt: Today, we can appreciate this film for what it is, rather than expecting it to be something else. But you don’t have to take my word for it—it’s also a favorite of Bruce LaBruce.

Classics & More on DVD (Dec. 22, 2020)

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Pre-2018 Film Reviews

Boat People

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz (1982)

  • Excerpt: A politicized film revealing the human tragedy of war.

Dr. Mabuse

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1922) [Portuguese]

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

Chris Barsanti @ PopMatters (1999)

  • Excerpt: Jarmusch’s 1999 classic Ghost Dog, now in a Criterion edition, freely mixes and matches Bushido philosophy, Mafia and samurai flicks, Ryunosuke Akutagawa, and lo-fi hip-hop into a sly and dreamy comedy about role-playing.

Karmen Geï

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (2001) [Portuguese]

Puzzle of a Downfall Child

Sarah Boslaugh @ The Arts STL (1970)

  • Excerpt: …an unusual film that was not a big hit during its initial release, but which deserves reconsideration today as an early example of the American New Wave.

Classics & More on DVD (Dec. 15, 2020)

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Pre-2018 Film Reviews

Fools in the Mountains

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Reviews (1957)

  • Excerpt: Why this comedy is so popular in Norway is beyond me.

Madame Brouette

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (2002) [Portuguese]

Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone

Ed Travis @ Cinapse (1990)

The Price of Forgiveness

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (2001) [Portuguese]

The Spiders – Episode 1: The Golden Sea

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1919) [Portuguese]

The Spiders – Episode 2: The Diamond Ship

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1920) [Portuguese]

Student

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1975) [Portuguese]

Tableau Ferraille

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1997) [Portuguese]

World Without End

Mark Leeper @ Mark leeper’s Reviews (1956)

  • Excerpt: WORLD WITHOUT END could tell us a good deal about the early science fiction transitioning to more recognizable modern science fiction films. But that still does not make it a particularly notable film.

Classics & More on DVD (Dec. 8, 2020)

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Pre-2018 Film Reviews

Dragnet

Sarah Boslaugh @ TheArtsSTL (1954)

  • Excerpt: The storytelling in Dragnet is as straightforward as Joe Friday himself—this leads to that which leads to that other thing which eventually leads to the conclusion you knew was coming all along.

Ex Machina

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight (2014)

Faat Kiné

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (2001) [Portuguese]

Hyènes

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1993) [Portuguese]

The Lost Weekend

Sarah Boslaugh @ TheArtsSTL (1945)

  • Excerpt: While all the cast members are good, it’s Ray Milland’s performance as the self-loathing Don that really makes the film work. It’s a pity that, due to the Motion Picture code, any references to Don’s closeted homosexuality are omitted, but once again, that’s the 1940s for you.

Loveless

Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour (2017) [Indonesian]

Malina

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Reviews (1991)

  • Excerpt: It’s a grim film, but I did find it provocative, intellectually stimulating and unique.

Moolaadé

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (2004) [Portuguese]

Mother’s Day

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight (2010)

Sembene!

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (2015) [Portuguese]

Sembène: The Making of African Cinema

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1994) [Portuguese]

Star in the Dust

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1956) [Portuguese]

Tennessee Johnson

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews (1942)

  • Excerpt: Historically inaccurate but well-crafted and acted, Tennessee Johnson may give the viewer a wrong impression of the 17th President but on the whole works as entertainment.

Them!

Mark Leeper @ Mark Leeper’s Reviews (1954)

  • Excerpt: THEM! was one of the better Fifties science fiction films and one of only a handful that are still fairly effective forty years after it was made due in large part to some very intelligent script choices.

Touki-Bouki

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1973) [Portuguese]

The Wonders of Aladdin

Sarah Boslaugh @ TheArtsSTL (1961)

  • Excerpt: Like the sword-and-sandals films, Aladdin is long on spectacle and short on sense, with the particular stars in this case being the costumes by Rosine Delamare and Giorgio Desideri and the art direction by Flavio Mogherini, which look marvelous in this restored version.

Classics & More on DVD (Nov. 24, 2020)

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Pre-2018 Film Reviews

The Anderson Tapes

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1971) [Portuguese]

Attack of the 50 Foot Woman

Mark Leeper @ Mark Leeper’s Reviews (1958)

  • Excerpt: One of those films that has become a low-grade camp classic, though not as incompetent as some of the films of this period.

Family Business

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1989) [Portuguese]

The Offence

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1973) [Portuguese]

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews (1960)

Shalako

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1968) [Portuguese]

Xala

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1975) [Portuguese]

Classics & More on DVD (Nov. 17, 2020)

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Pre-2018 Film Reviews

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight (2014)

Raintree County

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews (1957)

Shalako

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1968) [Portuguese]