Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.
Reviews of Classic Films
The Inglorious Bastards
- Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] “Bastards” is popcorn entertainment from the days when people used to yell stuff back at the big screen while smoking pot in a dingy cinema on 42nd Street.
Lawrence of Arabia
- Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] Celebrated British director David Lean’s “Lawrence of Arabia” is a textbook example of “epic” cinema. Like the previous year’s “West Side Story,” Lean filmed it in Super Panavision 70 [mm], to capture stark desert locations with an awe-inspiring sense of depth and beauty.
A Man Escaped
- Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] French filmmaker Robert Bresson invented the prison escape genre in 1956 with a beautifully sparse piece of cinematic storytelling told from the personalized viewpoint of an escaped prisoner.
Throne of Blood
Recent Home Video Releases
Hackers: 20th Anniversary Edition
The Last American Virgin
The Last American Virgin
The People Under the Stairs: Collector’s Edition
The Summer House
Toolbox Murders 2
Yellowbeard Blu-ray Review
Other Reviews from 2014 and earlier
Corridor of Mirrors
- Excerpt: All in all, Corridor of Mirrors casts a rather intoxicating spell that fans of classic and horror films should find worthwhile.
- Excerpt: For an idea as bizarre as ‘Der Samurai’ to have any chance of succeeding, it needed an actor of feral vitality in the title role… Pit Bukowski ’s performance may not be the greatest of 2014, but in terms of providing the movie with exactly the presence necessary for its success, few matched it.
Dracula (aka Horror of Dracula, 1958) / Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)
- Excerpt: Christopher Lee’s Dracula was a big hit upon release, one that set a horror renaissance that would power on until the 1980s officially on course. Lee returned for Dracula: Prince of Darkness. Dracula: Prince of Darkness strips down director Terence Fisher’s concept of Stoker’s mythology to an even more purified essence and, with it, the underpinning anxieties and fantasies of much horror storytelling; in doing so, it looks forward to what would happen in the genre in the ’70s.
- Excerpt: It is an interesting and rather fun film, but is there something darker and less constructive about the film?
Goodbye to Language
- Excerpt: After a 55-year filmmaking career, Godard has earned the right to amuse himself with indulgent experiments. That doesn’t mean WE have to like it.
How to Get Ahead in Advertising
- Excerpt: Most of the original criticisms revolve around the film being too broad, obvious and expository. Such objections only matter if we judge ‘Advertising’ by the standards of traditional satire; if we switch paradigms and think of it instead as a midnight movie, new possibilities for appreciating its excesses appear.
Psycho Gothic Lolita
- Excerpt: Blood, watery though it may be, is much, much thicker than plot.
Scream Bloody Murder
- Excerpt: Cinema Fearité Presents ‘Scream Bloody Murder’ – Early Seventies ‘Gore-Nography’ At Its Bloody, Splattery Finest
Tales of the Grim Sleeper
Tokyo Gore Police
- Excerpt: If you are expecting an exciting, tongue-in-cheek thrill ride with gallons of ridiculous gore, you are one-fourth right.
Two Days, One Night
Enrique Buchichio @ Cartelera.com.uy [Spanish]
- Excerpt: Una película incómoda, dolorosa y por momentos frustrante, como lo es ni más ni menos la situación que atraviesa su protagonista (una estupenda Marion Cotillard). Pero es también esperanzadora y luminosa.