Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.
Recent Home Video Releases
JFK: A New World Order
The Lone Ranger
Other Reviews from 2011 and earlier
35 Shots of Rum
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
- Excerpt: Much like Sex Panther, Fantana’s odiferous cologne of choice, sixty percent of the time, “Anchorman” works every time.
The Big Gundown
- Excerpt: One of the reasons why anyone would want to see Sergio Sollima’s original version is to see how the characterizations are better fleshed out, especially in establishing the sense of fair play on the part of the bounty hunter, played by Lee Van Cleef.
The Blue Angel
- Excerpt: With such a strong tale (adapted from Heinrich Mann’s novel Professor Unrat) behind Sternberg’s layered visual style, it becomes his most dramatically driven and intense sound film, and his most tragic.
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
- Excerpt: Director Gordon Hessler (a horror veteran of garish Hammer Films knockoffs) seems barely present through most of the film, letting performances slip every which way and staging dramatic scenes so sloppily that you can’t always tell what’s even going on. Until one of Harryhausen’s creations appears, that is …
- Excerpt: … a wildly melodramatic story of middle class ambition set almost entirely in a two-story home that becomes something of a prison as the web of desire and anxiety and loathing and social standing closes in on them.
- Excerpt: As someone who has seen most of Disney’s live action films, it’s tough to dispute that “Mary Poppins” is the best of its kind.
- Excerpt: Ms. 45 is not a feminist revenge film. It is, however, an intelligent and confident piece of exploitation filmmaking marinated in helplessness and anger and heated up to furious vengeance turned psychotic retribution, and one that resists exploiting the woman at the center of it.
- Excerpt: A celebration of ’70s styles, values, sensibilities, and music, “Nashville” is a fascinating snapshot of America that is much better than subject matter or synopsis would indicate. Altman and his screenwriter Joan Tewkesbury, one of his collaborators on “Thieves Like Us”, give us all kinds of interesting material to sink our teeth into.
The Nature of Genius
Prince of Darkness
- Excerpt: …weaves back and forth across the thin line that separates intriguing from goofy.
- Excerpt: …tour de force filmmaking, it’s worth seeing for the curious and cultured, and a must-see for film school types. The film’s only drawback is that its high art, highly Russophilic preoccupations make it unavoidably stuffy at times…
Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger
- Excerpt: The film is a bit sluggish and director Sam Wanamaker, a better actor than director, manages to let Seymour, who was quite assured in Live and Let Die, come off awkward and amateurish.
The Snake God
Son of Godzilla
A Walk on the Moon
The Whip and Body
- Excerpt: Shot in delirious color and accomplished with lush style, this is a ghost story wracked with guilt, sadism, and mad passions.