Classics & More on DVD (Jul. 8, 2019)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2017 Film Reviews

Bad Moms

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight [2016]

  • Excerpt: R-rated comedies have come fast and furious the last several years, tapping into a market that clamors for humor of the not-quite-kosher kind. Myriad films have tried, few have succeeded and although “Bad Moms” has a lot of problems, it works a great deal of the time.

The Ballad of Cable Hogue [Portuguese]

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [1970]

  • Excerpt: If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.

The Cisco Kid [Portuguese]

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [1931]

  • Excerpt: A “new” Cisco Kid story.

Cry Danger

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews [1951]

  • Excerpt: Cry Danger has all the elements of great noir: revenge, snappy, cynical dialogue and a group of low-class characters scraping out life in the shadows.

The End of the Cancageiros [Portuguese]

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [1960]

  • Excerpt: 1929. The Brazilian Northeast lives one of its most dramatic moments …

The Flower of My Secret [Portuguese]

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [1995]

  • Excerpt: Every woman has a secret…

Gladiator

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews [2000]

  • Excerpt: Yes, I was entertained, but not overwhelmed.

Godzilla vs. Hedorah [Portuguese]

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [1971]

  • Excerpt: A completely different Godzilla.

Hearts in Atlantis [Portuguese]

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [2001]

  • Excerpt: What if one of the great mysteries of life moved upstairs?

The Hunger [Portuguese]

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [1983]

  • Excerpt: Who wants to live forever?

King of Jazz

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews [1930]

Lawrence of Arabia

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews [1962]

  • Excerpt: This epic film of one man’s conflicted, complex and contradictory soul will stand the test of time long after all the sands of the desert are carried off by the whirlwinds.

Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road)

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews [1955]

  • Excerpt: A beautiful portrait of humanity, albeit perhaps a bit slow for some, Pather Panchali is a portrait of how we all travel down on our own Little Road.

La Pointe-Courte [Portuguese]

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [1955]

  • Excerpt: Agnès Varda’s first film.

The Silence of the Lambs

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews [1991]

  • Excerpt: As much as The Silence of the Lambs is seen as a horror film or psychological thriller, after revisiting it I think the film is really a much deeper and richer commentary on women as both victims and heroines.

A Talking Picture [Portuguese]

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [2003]

  • Excerpt: Manoel de Oliveira reviews Western History.

Tokyo Twilight [Portuguese]

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [1957]

  • Excerpt: A moralistic tragedy by Yasujiro Ozu.

Twister

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod [1996]

  • Excerpt: If 1990s blockbuster cinema stirs any nostalgia today, it could be because most of the decade’s money-spinners were firmly rooted in a presumption of their own inconsequence, happy to be islands of ripe showmanship. Big-budget neo-drive-in movies proliferated in the decade, blithely unconcerned with birthing and protecting self-important and fan-narcotising franchises.

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