Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.
Reviews of Classic Films
Blind Woman’s Curse
- Excerpt: …an odd stir-fry of yakuza, samurai and ghost story genres with psychedelic seasoning.
The Complete Lady Snowblood
Japanese Summer: Double Suicide
- Excerpt: Ôshima’s surrealistic Sixties satire carves out a unique space somewhere between a Buñuelian joke and an extended zen koan.
The Jazz Singer
Recent Home Video Releases
The Captive City
- Excerpt: The narrative elements are of some historical interest, but what really makes makes The Captive City ripe for reconsideration is that visually, this is Robert Wise at his most Wellesian. There are a couple of shots where a character breaks into the frame in close-up, with the other characters positioned in the back.
Memories of the Sword
Scream and Scream Again
Other Reviews from 2014 and earlier
Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
- Excerpt: It’s a dark film, with a sicko sense of humor, that’s not for all tastes. But the talented director knows how to keep things tense, taut and exciting.
- Excerpt: Brewster’s Millions is just a light-hearted escape. While hilarious, this attitude squanders its immense potential.
The Dark Crystal
- Excerpt: While an alien world of violent, vulture-like Skeksis and peaceful, monk-like Mystics was far from the public’s consciousness, it surely cemented Henson’s genius and his puppetry company’s boundless imagination as elite. The plot may mirror so many other fantastical hero journeys, but none had ever quite looked like this.
The Last Horror Film
- Excerpt: …or: The Quentin Tarantino Story
- Excerpt: There’s enough at play for me to understand why so many people absolutely love what Dumont has brought to life—at times I loved it too. Luckily the characters are unique if not entirely complex and thankfully those who seem like dullards that no one should respect actually don’t receive any from their superiors or those being “helped”.
Listen Up Philip
Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
- Excerpt: Il film di Perry non è certo uno di quei tipici film da Sundance ed è molto lontano anche dall’universo chiuso e nostalgico di Baumbach, a cui pure si avvicina almeno per il milieu intellettuale e newyorkese di partenza.
Man in the Wilderness
- Excerpt: Wordless, sensual film overcomes a few awkward pauses
- Excerpt: Red Army is a valuable document on a bygone era when sports matches could stand for the ideological conflict on which the world might pivot.
- Excerpt: Cinema Fearité Presents ‘The Sadist’ – The First Feature From The Late Great Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond
- Excerpt: An arab boy grows up fast in the deadly desert