Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.
Reviews of Classic Films
- Excerpt: I find it a pity that both Marie Dressler and Emma are not as well-remembered as they should be, given how moving both were in the film. Sometimes it stumbles slightly, but I think it’s pretty impossible not to react emotionally to its gentle tale of a good woman surrounded with bad people.
- Excerpt: The Entertainer is a tragedy about a man wrecked by his own devices. Archie Rice, this flawed, foolish, failure, is a highpoint of (Laurence) Olivier’s extraordinary career.
- Excerpt: Weird and “really weird” are pretty accurate definitions to Johnny Guitar, with some really strange inferences one can draw from the story. This isn’t to say Johnny Guitar is bad. It’s just really, really weird.
Lady on a Train
Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?
- Excerpt: It’s hard to tell when watching Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? whether it is either a parody or a very long in-joke that everyone (contemporary audiences included) is in on. It’s a nice film that does what it set out to do: laugh and laugh at itself.
Recent Home Video Releases
Burroughs: The Movie
Burroughs: The Movie
The Garbage Pail Kids Movie
- Excerpt: Hitler’s Madman mixes director Douglas Sirk’s complex subtextual concerns with straight-ahead (for its time) horror, in a B shocker that still packs a considerable punch.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: 25th Anniversary Edition
The Quay Brothers: Collected Short Films
- Excerpt: Harold Lloyd’s final silent feature, in which he meets the ultimate Babe.
- Excerpt: George Kuchar was responsible for the most notorious coupling here, no doubt inspired by a screening in his youth of Curt Siodmak’s Bride of the Gorilla from 1951. In this case, Kuchar plays the part of the bride.
Zoolander (Wal-mart Exclusive Steelbook)
Other Reviews from 2014 and earlier
Anatomy of a Psycho
- Excerpt: Cinema Fearité Presents ‘Anatomy of a Psycho’ – A Different Kind Of Psycho
Despite the Gods
- Excerpt: Nearly alone amongst epic films of its time, Khartoum feels bizarrely immediate in its political relevance, although it was made nearly fifty years ago and depicts events from the 1880s.
Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
- Excerpt: It isn’t so-bad-it’s-good; it’s just nostalgic bro-love to the nth degree. Kudos to Kathryn Bigelow and company for keeping us entertained, though, since many 90s action flicks can’t even say that.