Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.
Reviews of Classic Films
- Excerpt: Relentlessly subjective, Guy Maddin’s ‘My Winnipeg’ is about 90% ‘My’ and only 10% ‘Winnipeg.’
Recent Home Video Releases
- Excerpt: Absent all the gore and the more outré subject matter, Black Sunday still kicks along at a devilish pace and overflows with eerie beauty. Even with the shock value that typifies his work removed, Bava remains a masterful filmmaker.
The Bride Wore Black
- Excerpt: As the film rolls on, a quote from Kill Bill in Hattori Hanzo sums up Kohler’s increased dawdling – “Revenge is never a straight line. It’s a forest, And like a forest it’s easy to lose your way… To get lost… To forget where you came in.” Yet, that sense of conflicted reluctance does not come to fruition in the complex way one might hope.
Kiss Me, Stupid
- Excerpt: In 1964, with American cinema’s popularity in limbo as radical new forms lurked on the horizon, this sparse aesthetic patina might have looked bleakly televisual, and Kiss Me, Stupid’s meager box-office returns and damning critical notices only substantiate this suspicion. But Wilder, too clever a craftsman to employ a directorial strategy wantonly, uses the production’s artifice to his advantage, cultivating a hermetic atmosphere in sly correlation to the film’s commentary on the vacuity of domestic life and the folly of star worship.
Spinning Discs: An Animated Discussion
- Excerpt: Disc reviews from The Zero Theorem to 101 Dalmatians.
Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier
The Book of Life
- Excerpt: Major Dundee’s scope is encompassing, a commentary on both the history of the western genre Peckinpah so loved, as well as the proper commencement of his deconstruction of it. It is also a veritable stab at writing a creation myth for modern America, commenting on the state of the union circa 1965 as much as 1865, replete with overtones not just of Melville and Shakespeare, but also Greek sagas—not for nothing is one character named Priam.
Man of Tai Chi
A Measure of the Sin
- Excerpt: Cinema Fearité Presents ‘Ragewar’ – A Not-Really-An-Anthology Anthology Movie From Charles Band