Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.
Reviews of Classic Films
Cleo From 5 to 7
- Excerpt: Considered the “mother of the nouvelle vague,” dating back to her first film “La Pointe Courte” (1954), Agnes Varda broke new ground for the movement in 1961 with “Cleo from 5 to 7,” an unprecedented model of cinematic poetry.
A Hard Day’s Night
- Excerpt: At a time when Hollywood is finding it more and more difficult to deliver anything fresh, you’re best filmgoing bet is an old classic like “A Hard Day’s Night.” It won’t disappoint you and it might even make fans out of a new generation of filmgoers.
- Excerpt: The Beatles come across as likable and witty. It simplifies their personalities and then amplifies them in short easy to digest sound bites.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
- Excerpt: Philip Kaufman’s venerable revamping of Don Siegel’s 1956 black-and-white sci-fi horror classic delved deeper into nitty-gritty details of a pod-induced mass transformation of humans into emotionless doppelgangers.
Play It Again – Blue Velvet
- Excerpt: … packed with classic style and star power, and has the perfect ratio of arthouse cool to gritty action.
True Grit (1969)
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
- Excerpt: Demy’s style is pronounced, yet never insistent, blossoming here in a kind of controlled explosion. He pulls a deep sorrow out of this fundamentally romantic tale, toying with our emotions, invigorating us with the rush of love and then letting it slowly leaking out, nearly giving in to despair.
The Young Girls of Rochefort
- Excerpt: Jacques Demy’s take on the big American musical, 1967’s The Young Girls of Rochefort, is pure joy. From the first frame to the last, it’s packed with smiles and passion and a giddy sense of its own fun.
Recent Home Video Releases
Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier
All is Bright
The Black Torment
The Comic (1969)
Down in the Valley
Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
Eyes Wide Shut
- Excerpt: This 1942 romantic comedy makes a nice vehicle for stars Joan Bennett and Don Ameche, even if Girl Trouble doesn’t take full advantage of its own screwball concept.
Hercules in New York
The Hitcher (1986)
Love in the City
- Excerpt: Love in the City was a neat idea: the beginning of a regular anthology series where Italian Neorealist filmmakers applied their cinematic skills to filming documentary-style journalistic pieces, mostly true, some imagined, working with untrained actors, all focusing on a theme. Though it never made it to a second installment, this 1953 collection of six shorts focusing on how women get along in Rome when in search of romance and stability can be heartbreaking and illuminating, preserving a time and a place we might otherwise not have seen.