Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD from 2011 and earlier.
Boa vs Python
Burden of Dreams
- Excerpt: It’s fortuitous that Blank and Herzog chose this particular production for the documentarian to follow. Honestly, the real-life story of Burden of Dreams is far more compelling that Herzog’s finished film.
- Excerpt: A legitimately solid candidate for an alcohol-assisted Bad Movie Night party.
- Excerpt: One of the few finished (and surviving) masterworks of a genius of silent cinema, Foolish Wives is a must-see for cinephiles who appreciate artful direction being applied to passionate melodrama.
Hands of the Ripper
Horny Working Girl: From 5 to 9
The Last Boy Scout
- Excerpt: It’s a very problematic movie, no doubt, but it’s frequently the biggest problems that are the most interesting things to study.
The Little Shop of Horrors
Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
Love Me Tender
The Magic Flute (1975)
- Excerpt: The stage and backstage are both visible through much of Bergman’s The Magic Flute, with the director erasing any division between artifice and accepted reality. The play is the thing, and its presentation is as real and actual as any other human endeavor.
The Magic Flute (2006)
- Excerpt: Though originally released overseas in 2006, Kenneth Branagh’s cinematic adaptation of The Magic Flute is only just coming to North America now. A hold-up of this kind is often a cause for concern, but Branagh fans looking forward to seeing The Magic Flute at long last should not worry: it’s a thoroughly enjoyable production.
- Excerpt: The movie argues for a lattice of coincidence, and it’s only coincidence that could bring together so many disparate elements and meld them into such a bizarrely, almost accidentally successful movie.
- Excerpt: It’s quintessentially So Bad It’s Good.