Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.
Reviews of Classic Films
- Excerpt: It’s a testament to Ray’s skills—and those of Bandyopadhyay—that I actually thought Apu escaped what seemed a cursed existence for no reason other than fatefully bad luck. His conclusion may ultimately reveal itself as bittersweet and hopeful, but the path there proves as emotionally ravaging as any he’s taken during the course of his first two chapters.
- Excerpt: …an experimental therapy by David Cronenberg to elicit a cinematic manifestation of his own traumatic divorce.
Day of Wrath
- Excerpt: The question posed is whether or not to believe witches exist as more than a paranoia-infused excuse for bloodlust. Dreyer only confirms that it’s difficult to retain faith in your own innocence when those you love look upon you with horror.
- Excerpt: Lugosi’s iron elegance is riveting. Even on gigantic sets he dominates. And that voice! When he quietly and slowly says: “There are far worse things awaiting man…than death,” I defy you not to feel a shivers down your spine.
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
- Excerpt: The Mummy’s mood of subliminal obsession is mediated through intensely rhythmic visual and editing patterns, particularly the recurring images of Imhotep, swathed in shadow, chanting Anck-es-en-Amon’s name or reciting killing curses, alternately pathetic in his longing or terrible in his malevolence.
The Mummy (1932)
- Excerpt: One distinctive quality of the Universal horror brand was that it upheld the notion that horror as a genre was essentially tragic, by concentrating on monsters and antiheroes who are often essentially cursed with existence, doomed to exist outside of the world and often prey on it.
The Old Dark House
The Road Warrior
A Special Day
A Special Day
- Excerpt: A Special Day seems particularly crucial as a rediscovery today, when the political divide that splits many nations is so strong, there seems to be little by way of common ground. Or at least empathy and common understanding.
- Excerpt: Them! is the greatest atomic monster movie. Made with machine-like skill and chitinous beauty, it’s one of the very few sci-fi classics of the 1950s that feels scarcely dated.
- Excerpt: For some reason this girl who should be begging for escape is happier than them and it’s scary. Her anonymous death isn’t therefore a tragedy—it’s validation that their existential suffering is worth not dying alone.
Recent Home Video Releases
The Oblong Box
Tu dors Nicole
Other Reviews from 2014 and earlier
Behind Locked Doors
Kansas City Confidential
Kung Fu Master!
A Life at Stake
The Life of Party (1920)
The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case
The Midnight Hour
- Excerpt: Cinema Fearité Presents ‘The Midnight Hour’ – An Eighties Halloween Television Movie That Is More Treat Than Trick