Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD from 2011 and earlier.
The Devil is a Woman
Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
High and Low
Marcio Sallem @ Em Cartaz [Portuguese]
Jason And The Argonauts
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
- Excerpt: The best movie, with the best script, in writer Shane Black’s career.
The Last Command (1928)
The Last Waltz
Les Misérables (1958)
- Excerpt: The stand-out, and easily the best reason to see this “Les misérables”… is obviously Jean Gabin.
Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing
Night of the Hunted
- Excerpt: …the movie works on an emotional level, despite its essential illogic and sleazy interludes.
A Screaming Man
Secret of the Incas
- Excerpt: Its unexpected depth and the evident sobriety of its creative team makes clear why it stuck so vividly in the memory of many young viewers, and not just those who would later transmute its raw elements into blockbuster material.
Shanghai Noon & Shanghai Knights
- Excerpt: While Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson have nice chemistry and these adventures play to each of their strengths, the comedy is often flat and the many action sequences not terribly exciting. The diversion offered seems best suited for passing time on a Saturday afternoon awaiting something better.
- Excerpt: Perhaps I am reading more than intended, but it could well be that in its idiosyncratic way, the film might be understood as criticism of the worst excesses of self-entitled male heterosexual privilege.
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
- Excerpt: I have always insisted that Hamlet is not a play the Klingons would care for, let alone quote. The Klingons I think would be more into something like Macbeth; with all the killings and coups, the Scottish play would be more up (their) street.
Star Trek: First Contact
Star Trek: Generations
Star Trek: Insurrection
Star Trek: Nemesis
- Excerpt: Superman is the standard to which all other comic-book based films are measured against. It is an extraordinary film, one filled with great performances, a sweeping epic feel, both serious and humorous, and one that set the standard for all comic book films that came after.
The Vampire Lovers
Wake of the Red Witch
- Excerpt: See John Wayne fight a giant octopus! I mean, what more do you need to know before you’re sold on Wake of the Red Witch, a 1949 man’s adventure that throws the Duke into several scenarios unique to his filmography.