Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.
Pre-2018 Film Reviews
- Excerpt: Despite its deep lack of inspiration, its endemic witlessness, the trite and forced approximation of both old-school fun and liberated spunk in a paltry script, CutThroat Island nonetheless still managed to mildly surprise me upon revisiting.
The Lady from Shanghai
- Excerpt: The Lady From Shanghai emerges as a more politically analytical and revealing film than Citizen Kane, even before it invokes nuclear terror as the new existential state, the bitter taste in the post-war triumphalism.
The Machine Girl
- Excerpt: The plot is vengeance-standard boilerplate; the movie really only cares about its gore set pieces (to an extent, it also cares about its action set pieces, but mainly because they set up big gory finishes).
The Wizard of Oz
- Excerpt: I can’t help but feel deeply moved each time I hear Judy Garland croon Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Her performance of the song about the longing for a perfect life, untouched by heartache, is tinged with both sorrow and optimism.