Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD from 2011 and earlier.
Driving Miss Daisy
John J. Puccio @ Movie Metropolis
- Excerpt: …a sweet, touching, sometimes funny, clearly sentimental motion picture that attempts only what it can reach, but does so with simple ease.
- Excerpt: Arthur and the sword Excalibur are symbolically interchangeable, bridging man’s pagan past with its Christian future.
- Excerpt: Ishiro Honda’s Godzilla is essentially a combination of the monster and disaster movie genres.
A Guy Named Joe
- Excerpt: It’s here that director Victor Fleming and screenwriter Dalton Trumbo reveal the underlying idea of the film, the idea that it is imperative that people be willing to sacrifice their personal wants and desires in pursuit of a greater cause, and that the greatest cause of them all is the future.
- Excerpt: A pretty stark and unvarnished look at a deeply dysfunctional relationship between two people who have very different ideas about what they want from it. Coming from someone known for being swooningly romantic, Happy Together is actually a great film about when love goes sour.
The Kartemquin Films Collection: The Early Years Volume 1
The Kartemquin Films Collection: The Early Years Volume 2
King: A Filmed Record…From Montgomery To Memphis
- Excerpt: At times, it’s the biography of Franz Liszt if it were directed by Benny Hill working from a script by Federico Fellini. With Nazi golems, Richard Wagner as a vampire, a climax aboard a heavenly spaceship, and a giant phallic musical number, this phantasmagorical biopic is Ken Russell at his ebullient silliest.
The Man Who Knew Too Much
- Excerpt: Those lighter elements and the hints of the darker ones may give to a clue as to why Hitchcock remade The Man Who Knew Too Much. Maybe he was trying to connect the dots between his early and later work, displaying that the same themes and motifs were present in the work of clever young man and the enigmatic, obsessive older one.
- Excerpt: It’s an impressive set for one of Hitchcock’s most unfairly overlooked accomplishments – a hidden gem in one of the cinema’s most legendary careers.
The Marriage Circle
Nayak: The Hero
The Quiet Man
- Excerpt: John Ford’s 1952 love letter to Ireland is one of those movies that just gets better every time I see it. Or maybe I am just more capable of understanding it, of feeling it, the older I get.
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
- Excerpt: If there is such a thing as a definitive release of Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, this is it.
The Tin Drum
- Excerpt: The film is as much about art as politics. More specifically, it’s about the places where the two overlap.