Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.
Reviews of Classic Films
- Excerpt: It is often through the eyes of children that we are able to see our own corruption, and even more horribly, how that corruption is handed down through the generations. In learning about her mother’s limitations, Ana’s sociopathy may eventually dissipate, or she may fulfill the proverb from which the film gets its title: Raise crows, and they will peck your eyes out.
The Lady Eve
The Man Who Could Cheat Death
- Excerpt: Although the story is based in realism, the film’s tone is melodramatic and dreamily erotic—but, ironically, hardly pornographic at all.
- Excerpt: To put it mildly, Alfred Hitchcock was a man of complex psychology. Hitchcock the director, whether he intended to or not, disclosed a fair amount about Hitchcock the man in his movies and “Psycho” is no exception.
Spring in a Small Town
- Excerpt: Often voted the greatest film ever made in China, Spring in a Small Town was, much like its characters, almost a victim of history’s heedless motion. One of the last works produced before the ascent of the Communist government, director Mu Fei’s movie was controversial right from its first screening because of its subject matter, and soon was buried and reviled as a petty, indulgent distraction for decades.
Steamboat Bill, Jr.
Recent Home Video Releases
The Best of Everything
Man with the Gun
- Excerpt: This was the directorial debut of Wilson, a former assistant to Orson Welles. Wilson also had a hand in the screenplay, and plays a bit with genre conventions.
- Excerpt: Another modern classic from Wes Anderson
Pitch Perfect 2
- Excerpt: Back for more mouth fun with the Bellas
Other Reviews from 2014 and earlier
Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]
- Excerpt: Fateful Findings doesn’t feel like a film made by people with no experience of making a film, it feels like a film which has been made by people who have never seen a film before. It’s highly probable that Neil Breen is the first filmmaker since the Lumière Brothers to have directed more films than he’s watched.
Happy Birthday to Me
- Excerpt: Cinema Fearité Presents ‘Happy Birthday to Me’ – Six Of The Most Bizarre Murders You Will Ever See…Or At Least Three Of Them
The Last Dragon
- Excerpt: a mix of blaxploitation and kung fu tropes performed in the innocent style of ‘The Karate Kid’ that blooms with camp pleasures.