Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.
Reviews of Classic Films
10:30 P.M. Summer
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
- 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
- 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)
Hiroshima Mon Amour
- 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.
Ornette: Made in America
- 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
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
Recent Home Video Releases
- 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
- Excerpt: Is it possible to have mad science without a mad scientist? This film aims to find out.
I Am a Ghost
- Excerpt: An intriguing but flawed work that explores a haunting from the ghost’s point of view.
The Killer Elite
- 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.
- Excerpt: Sleep paralysis and folklore provide a vehicle for exploring emotional fallout and family turmoil in this low-key Swedish horror.
- 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)
You and the Night
- 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.