Classics and Other Films on DVD (Nov. 24, 2014)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

10:30 P.M. Summer

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

L’ Avventura

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: For me, I think what is most compelling about Michelangelo Antonioni’s challenging 1960 drama L’Avventura is how it so effectively upends the mystery genre to serve the director’s own thematic purpose. More than fifty years before Gone Girl, Antonioni crafted an oblique narrative about a young woman bored to death with her future husband and the state of love in general who in some manner orchestrates her own disappearance.

La Dolce Vita

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: One of the few movies that can takes its place not only in film history, but as a part of the great conversation of Western civilization.

The Edge of Heaven (2007)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Fiction

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Hiroshima Mon Amour

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: With its innovative, impressionistic structure, Hiroshima Mon Amour is often cited as one of the most influential films of the 20th century. It was unlike anything that had come before.

The Joke

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Ornette: Made in America

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Pandora’s Box

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: For “Pandora’s Box,” Pabst created a proto-feminist icon for the ages in the guise of a gifted young actress named Louise Brooks, whose bold acting style prefigured modern cinema’s naturalistic acting techniques by decades.

The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

Recent Home Video Releases

The Believers

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

Monkey Shines

Jeremy Kibler @ Diabolique Magazine

  • Excerpt: Sure, the film itself about a quadriplegic and his killer monkey helper is minor Romero, but that’s better than no Romero at all. Plus, any movie with a young Stanley Tucci, with his hair still intact, as an evil doctor is worth a look.

Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier

Errors of the Human Body

Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery

  • Excerpt: Is it possible to have mad science without a mad scientist? This film aims to find out.

I Am a Ghost

Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery

  • Excerpt: An intriguing but flawed work that explores a haunting from the ghost’s point of view.

The Killer Elite

Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: All in all, The Killer Elite is a satisfying mid-level genre picture constructed with an upper-level skill. Not Peckinpah’s best or even his most memorable, but a respectable statement of intent from a filmmaker who still had something to prove.

Marianne

Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery

  • Excerpt: Sleep paralysis and folklore provide a vehicle for exploring emotional fallout and family turmoil in this low-key Swedish horror.

Torment

Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery

  • Excerpt: Heavily derivative of other recent home-invasion thrillers, it isn’t good enough to be good or bad enough to be memorable.

Wicked, Wicked (1973)

Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night

You and the Night

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: It’s like a music video director’s conception of how a modern-day collaboration between the Marquis de Sade and Samuel Beckett would play out.

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