Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.
Reviews of Classic Films
The House of Hate
- Excerpt: Live Flesh represents one of the flamboyant Pedro Almodovar’s clearest manifestations of his signature melodramatic style in a personalized homage to Spanish culture during and after Francesco Franco’s dictatorship.
Recent Home Video Releases
- Excerpt: While the performances are great and the story is interesting, the film isn’t as complex as it might have been—and maybe this is the Edward Scissorhands influence. There’s a fairly simple trajectory to the plot and an eventual resolution that feels very much like a fantasy fable with a moral to be learned.
Blind Woman’s Curse
Silent Ozu: Three Crime Dramas
- Excerpt: (Ozu) was certainly refining the techniques that would make him one of cinema’s greatest masters, but he was clearly also just having himself one hell of a good time.
Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier
- Excerpt: The brisk 30 minute runtime is the perfect length for this nearly plot-free pageant of morbid feline surrealism, which hits your surreal receptors hard, but doesn’t last so long you build up a tolerance to the insanity.
House of Bamboo
House of Last Things
- Excerpt: …a budget mindbender that at times gets a little ambitious for its britches, but still rates as 90 minutes of relatively pleasant confusion and resolution.
- Excerpt: Cinema Fearité Presents ‘Seconds’ – John Frankenheimer’s Subliminally Scary Masterpiece