Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.
Reviews of Classic Films
The Amityville Horror
- Excerpt: Delapidated.
Black Devil Doll from Hell
- Excerpt: All this incompetence would be intolerable, if the core idea of a supernatural rapist who looks like Rick James turned into a ventriloquist’s dummy wasn’t so inherently bizarre and ludicrous… you keep on watching not because it’s entertaining, but out of awe that something like this even exists.
The Coward (1965)
The Elephant God
An Enemy of the People (1989)
The Home and The World (1984)
The Lady in Question
- Excerpt: Vidor and screenwriter Lewis Meltzer have fun with the story, including allowing for B-stories for some of the more colourful side characters. It’s not the best work of anyone involved, not by a mile, but it’s still funny and sappy and enjoyable in all the right ways.
Leave Her to Heaven
The Miracle Woman
- Excerpt: The 1931 drama The Miracle Woman is the kind of movie that few folks besides Frank Capra could pull off. It’s a film that manages to simultaneously be a sincere portrayal of faith while maintaining a healthy sceptical cynicism in regards to human nature.
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
- Excerpt: The repo men are a little bit like the gang that couldn’t shoot straight, and Cox’s film has its roots in the western as much as anything else, even if there is some rejection of the tradition…
Slumber Party Massacre
Something to Live For
Tales from the Quadead Zone
- Excerpt: [Chester Turner’s] works aren’t outsider art—they’re outsider schlock. But they are uniquely his, and, unpolished as they might be, there is always something endearing about singular, sincere incompetence.
Universidad Criterion – Persona
Universidad Criterion – The Freshman
Zombies of Mora Tau
- Excerpt: One of the bright spots in the generally sparse and dismal ranks of ‘50s American horror films, and a singular little by-product, a starkly atmospheric, expressionistic morality play set in an entirely psychological Africa.
Recent Home Video Releases
The Truth About Emanuel
Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier
The Mosquito Coast
- Excerpt: Paradise: Faith lacks an editorial point of view. Rather, the director holds her camera back, keeping her distance, letting the scenes run their natural length without unnecessary cuts.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
- Excerpt: Esto no es “Juno”: tiene unos actores muy buenos, está llena de buenas intenciones, pero narrativamente es mediocre.