Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD from 2011 and earlier.
Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd
- Excerpt: …a bowl of slapsticky mush with barely any flavorful lumps…
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
- Excerpt: …it’s endearing, has chuckles to spare, and – fortunately, for monster buffs – is mindful of its supernatural menagerie.
The Big Circus
The Boston Strangler
Crazy in Alabama
- Excerpt: With its sluggish pace and awkward continuity, Crazy in Alabama ended up as one of the most disappointing films of 1999.
The Curtis Harrington Short Film Collection:
- Excerpt: Deliberately paced, dramatically scored by Ernest Gold (whose music comes to abrupt stops at times), and strikingly composed, Harrington’s older shorts are trippy and seemingly substantial. At the same time, they are a series of strange, unsettling, logic-defying visions whose meaning is not apparent.
- Excerpt: …a treasure trove of cosmic visuals…
Fear and Desire
- Excerpt: Imperfect as it is, “Fear and Desire” is a solid film with signs of the legend Kubrick would become proudly on display.
Forbidden Hollywood: Vol. 7
- Excerpt: Vintage movie junkies and completists will want to swipe this to fill up shelf space in a heartbeat…
The Great Love
- Excerpt: Pierre Étaix’s The Great Love feels truly special, like a hardy hybrid species that blends together the best qualities of its forebears with novel new features.
The Greatest Show on Earth
- Excerpt: Frankly, I don’t understand the hatred thrown at The Greatest Show on Earth. It should not have won Best Picture, but I found it to be a big, lavish, epic spectacle in the way only Cecil B. DeMille could make big, lavish, epic spectacles.
- Excerpt: As good a horror film in the most pure, rarefied sense of “horror” that the ’80s produced in English.
- Excerpt: … 165 minutes of primal black and white imagery, poetic filmmaking, and ephemeral storytelling that looks hewn out of the stone and wood and the very earth of the ground beneath.
- Excerpt: [A] fixedly sweet bedtime story and exercise in imaginative possibility.
Nick Carter Mysteries Triple Feature
- Excerpt: None of the flicks it boasts are by any means terrible, but with intricate plotting as scarce as reasons to be invested in our hero, “competent” is the best this trio can hope for.
L’Oevre Au Noir
Of Human Bondage
Paris Is Burning
- Excerpt: Philadelphia is a much more humanistic film than Silence, an optimistic film that takes a pretty standard courtroom drama structure and makes it into something gripping and ultimately moving.
- Excerpt: The 97-minute running time seem every bit of 20 minutes longer than the filmmakers were ready for.
Rio Rita (1942)
- Excerpt: The flick is thin, quick, and easy to watch, but it’s not relentlessly goofy, leaving your face smiling more so than your eyes rolling.
- Excerpt: Forgotten in the cascade of sight gags set against the danger of the climb is the workplace comedy of the first half.
Superman: The Movie
- Excerpt: In the wake of Man of Steel, here’s a look at the condescending film that started it all!
Toys in the Attic
- Excerpt: It seems lazy and obvious to describe ‘Toys in the Attic’ as 50% ‘Toy Story,’ 50% Jan Svankmajer, but that’s exactly the way it plays out.
- Excerpt: … an often painful drama but one of Bergman’s warmest and most touching films.