Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.
Recent Home Video Releases
Night Across the Street
- Excerpt: Different permutations of the story coexist, overlapped onscreen: it’s a surreally garbled tale of murder, a young boy’s ominous premonitions of the future, an old man’s dying dream, a self-conscious metafiction, and the memoirs of a ghost, all at the same time. It ends as a haunted house tale set in a cursed boarding house, a place where the ghosts are haunted by their own meta-ghosts.
Saving General Yang
- Excerpt: Most of the time though, Saving General Yang plays like Yu’s Lawrence of Arabia, only with a shorter running time and better action sequences.
Spinning Discs: Rebel Yell
- Excerpt: Blu-ray and DVD reviews of new releases
Other Reviews from 2011 and earlier
- Excerpt: In an interview with Joan Mellen, Kon Ichikawa discussed his own change to the source novel, by making a connection between economic poverty and what he describes as spiritual poverty.
- Excerpt: Ghost es una película muy sencilla, muy poco sutil, muy entretenida, y muy efectiva, de ahí su enorme éxito.
- Excerpt: …a classicist like George Stevens probably had his hands full tamping down the Method-y exuberance of rising star James Dean…
Ikarie XB 1
Invasion of Astro-Monster
Investigation of a Person Above Suspicion
- Excerpt: …feels at once both of its time and still extremely relevant.
The Scarlet Letter (1934)
- Excerpt: Silent star Colleen Moore’s last film is a respectable telling of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s famous tale of guilt and revenge in Puritan New England, a fine career capper for Miss Moore.
- Excerpt: Not so important socially as it thinks it is, perhaps, but even more important aesthetically and thematically.
A Subversive John Carpenter Sci-Fi Masterpiece Lives
- Excerpt: Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer spoke way back in 1944 of the standardized mass culture and its ability to numb an unsuspecting populace into passive victimhood, but for John Carpenter to wear this message so loud and proud from within the Hollywood industry all the way in 1988 makes it no less confrontational, the time amassed between the two objects not dulling the impact of their ideas one bit.
Tequila Sunrise 25 year anniversary
Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]