Classics and Other Films on DVD (Aug. 18, 2014)

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The Adventures of Ichabod & Mr. Toad/Fun and Fancy Free

Josh Spiegel @ Movie Mezzanine

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Josh Spiegel @ Movie Mezzanine

Brannigan

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

Divergent

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

A Haunted House 2

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers

Josh Spiegel @ Movie Mezzanine

Mr. Majestyk

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Need for Speed

Josh Spiegel @ Movie Mezzanine

The Other Woman

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

We Won’t Grow Old Together

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Aug. 11, 2014)

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Cleo From 5 to 7

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Considered the “mother of the nouvelle vague,” dating back to her first film “La Pointe Courte” (1954), Agnes Varda broke new ground for the movement in 1961 with “Cleo from 5 to 7,” an unprecedented model of cinematic poetry.

A Hard Day’s Night

Beth Accomando @ KPBS Cinema Junkie

  • Excerpt: At a time when Hollywood is finding it more and more difficult to deliver anything fresh, you’re best filmgoing bet is an old classic like “A Hard Day’s Night.” It won’t disappoint you and it might even make fans out of a new generation of filmgoers.

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: The Beatles come across as likable and witty. It simplifies their personalities and then amplifies them in short easy to digest sound bites.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Philip Kaufman’s venerable revamping of Don Siegel’s 1956 black-and-white sci-fi horror classic delved deeper into nitty-gritty details of a pod-induced mass transformation of humans into emotionless doppelgangers.

Play It Again – Blue Velvet

Glenn Dunks @ Quickflix

Point Blank

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: … packed with classic style and star power, and has the perfect ratio of arthouse cool to gritty action.

The Searchers

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

True Grit (1969)

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: Demy’s style is pronounced, yet never insistent, blossoming here in a kind of controlled explosion. He pulls a deep sorrow out of this fundamentally romantic tale, toying with our emotions, invigorating us with the rush of love and then letting it slowly leaking out, nearly giving in to despair.

The Young Girls of Rochefort

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: Jacques Demy’s take on the big American musical, 1967’s The Young Girls of Rochefort, is pure joy. From the first frame to the last, it’s packed with smiles and passion and a giddy sense of its own fun.

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Aug. 4, 2014)

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Bay of Angels

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: Jeanne Moreau’s Jackie is a classic femme fatale. And Bay of Angels is essentially a crime film without any actual crime.

The Big Chill

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: …THE BIG CHILL was an impactful film that started the conversation in middle America that, for better or worse, has evolved into today’s culture wars

Born Yesterday

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Judy Holliday is a delight, a master of physical comedy and also a killer with both slow burns and quick witticisms. It’s that most wonderful of romantic movies where the object of affection seduces the audience at the same time as the folks in the movie.

Cleo from 5 to 7

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: During Varga’s 13-chapter story, Cleo sheds her self-and-societally-imposed disguises toward exposing her true identity. “Cleo” isn’t even her real name.

First Men in the Moon

Steve Biodrowski @ Cinefantastique Online

  • Excerpt: A 50th Anniversary Celebration of Ray Harryhausen’s 1964 adaptation of H.G. Wells

Fitzcarraldo

Dan Jardine @ Cinemania

  • Excerpt: The film confirms that dreamers and their obsessions can give us otherwise unimaginable moments of pure beauty.

Grace Kelly Collection

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: …with a grand total of only 11 movies in a film career that only spanned 5 years, who knows what Kelly was truly capable of with more seasoning.

Tell Your Children

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Wild Strawberries

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “Wild Strawberries” is a thematically abundant film that fluidly condenses a lifetime’s worth of experience into succinct cinematic fragments under Ingmar Bergman’s complex construction of abstract corollaries.

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Jul. 28, 2014)

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Atlantic City

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “Atlantic City” is full of compact social editorializing that elevates its seemingly run-of-the-mill trappings into something sublime by way of its emotionally dependent characters. The depth of this drama lies in how deeply you feel for these individuals.

Jane Eyre (1944)

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Lola

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: Demy sees his heroine as more than just a pretty object for men to desire, but an example of what that desire forces women to do in order to survive. Lola pushes and pulls as necessary to maintain control, accepting the male gaze and bending it as it suits her.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

  • Excerpt: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is a classic which lives up to the reputation around it.

Picnic at Hanging Rock

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: HANGING ROCK is a subtler and kinder expression of burgeoning womanhood than the darker, more overt THE BEGUILED in which Clint Eastwood’s introduction into a similar environment causes the all-female staff and students to lose their heads over his presence.

Pink Flamingos

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: John Waters’s second movie not only set the low bar for just how gross a midnight movie could be in 1972, “Pink Flamingos” remains to this day the most cogently transgressive and anarchic film ever made.

Red River

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: Intentional or not, consider RED RIVER the first shot across the bow of traditional, personality-driven Hollywood acting by the New York-based Actors Studio proponents of the Method.

Wild Strawberries

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “Wild Strawberries” is a thematically abundant film that fluidly condenses a lifetime’s worth of experience into succinct cinematic fragments under Ingmar Bergman’s complex construction of abstract corollaries.

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Jul. 21, 2014)

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Atlantic City

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “Atlantic City” is full of compact social editorializing that elevates its seemingly run-of-the-mill trappings into something sublime by way of its emotionally dependent characters.

The Big Chill

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: nd yet, again, I must stress, The Big Chill is an enjoyable movie. I don’t think it’s a very good one, but it’s pretty easy to watch.

Fort Apache

Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night

It Happened One Night

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

  • Excerpt: Mr. Deeds Goes to a Town is a heartwarming slice of Americana with picture-perfect performances from Jean Arthur and Gary Cooper.

Paris Blues

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Martin Ritt’s 1961 jazz-infused drama Paris Blues is one of those films that, once you’ve seen it, you’re kind of shocked that people don’t talk about it more. A joint vehicle for Sidney Poitier and Paul Newman, Paris Blues is a Kazan-like social narrative that juxtaposes new Hollywood method with old Hollywood romanticism and somehow let’s both win without compromising either.

Pink Flamingos

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: John Waters’s second movie not only set the low bar for just how gross a midnight movie could be in 1972, “Pink Flamingos” remains to this day the most cogently transgressive and anarchic film ever made.

Separate Tables

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Delbert Mann’s cinematic adaptation of Terence Rattigan’s Separate Tables is a terrific drama that grapples with some heavy issues with a delicate touch and sensitive insight. An all-star cast, including Oscar-winners David Niven and Deborah Kerr, as well as a forceful performance by Burt Lancaster, brings the varying population of a British hotel to life.

Sex, Lies, and Videotape

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

To Catch a Thief

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: Over the years, however, the film achieved the status as a cult film and is now widely accepted as an outright classic. It’s easy to see why.

You Can’t Take It With You

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Jul. 14, 2014)

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7 Women

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: John Ford’s 7 Women stands up with a crucially similar film released the same year, Robert Wise’s The Sand Pebbles, as the first work put out by Hollywood that feels assuredly like a metaphor for America’s deepening involvement in Vietnam.

Caught (1949)

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: The tug-of-war for the lady’s affections touches on some very dark topics, and the bad things that Ryan does to his bride are very bad indeed, making for a disarming, potent tale about the extreme vagaries of the heart.

The Lost Moment

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Martin Gabel’s Henry James-adaptation The Lost Moment may be the actor’s only directorial effort, but it’s a fairly strong one all the same. Robert Cummings stars as a conniving publisher looking to secure the love letters of a long-departed romantic poet, sidling up to Agnes Moorehead, the aging recipient of those missives.

The Rise and Fall of “Legs” Diamond

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Tora! Tora! Tora!

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: The filmmakers make it clear that what’s coming, from Midway to the Atom Bomb, will be a calamity, and any time this Pandora’s box is opened is a grim one for humanity in general.

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Jul. 7, 2014)

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Atlantic City

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “Atlantic City” is an understated drama, full of compact social editorializing, that elevates its seemingly run-of-the-mill trappings into something sublime by way of its emotionally dependent characters.

The Bitter Tea of General Yen

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: In this subversive Pre-Code romance, Capra builds a dreamy, romantic setting full of sparkling jewels, cherry-blossom moons, caressing costumes, and candle-kissed lighting. Stanwyck glows, her unusual beauty enhanced by Capra’s flattering, soft-focus close-ups, her tears like diamonds on her cheeks.

The Bootleg Files: The Thief and the Cobbler

Phil Hall @ Film Threat

  • Excerpt: A consideration of Richard Williams’ legendary unfinished animated epic

The Divine Lady

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: On the whole I found The Divine Lady to hold up rather well. It told its story well, the acting was not exagerrated (mostly) and as a bonus, it integrated sound effects into a silent film to where it didn’t topple one or the other.

Do the Right Thing

Kenji Fujishima @ The House Next Door

Hearts and Minds

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Matt Brown @ Twitch

Judex

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: For a movie that features both a wicked villainess in a black catsuit and a pretty circus acrobat (Sylva Koscina, Juliet of the Spirits) who randomly shows up to help out, Judex is decidedly unsexy. None of the relationships have much sizzle, nor does the action really ever take off.

Stations of the Elevated

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Kirchheimer relies on formal compositions of New York’s subway rail yards, elevated platforms, and surrounding locations to tell a complex tale of environmental and urban dislocation where pop art billboards — depicting gigantic hamburgers, bikini-clad women, and a male smoker whose enormous mouth issues forth billowing smoke — inform ghetto children who draw on the art and atmosphere around them to create their own original art form.

The Wicker Man (1973)

Diego Salgado @ Diagonal [Spanish]

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Jun. 30, 2014)

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Batman

Kenji Fujishima @ The House Next Door

China Gate

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

The Last Day of Summer

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Winner of 1958 Grand Prix at the International Festival of Documentary and Short Feature Films in Venice, The Last Day of Summer has the brevity of most experimental films, and it creates a dreamlike ambiguity that makes an almost too-subtle comment on World War II.

Vertigo

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Did any movie produced under the Hollywood studio system ever torture its protagonist as mercilessly as ‘Vertigo’ torments Scottie Ferguson?

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Jun. 23, 2014)

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The Night of the Hunter

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Although cinephiles may weep for all the movies Charles Laughton never made, in a way it is appropriate that “Night of the Hunter” is his only directorial effort. It cements this masterpiece’s singularity and highlights its legendary qualities.

Night Train (Pociag)

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Newly restored Polish classic examines travelers on an overnight train to a seaside resort. Emotions seethe, but the film does not seem anxious to give up its secrets—like any group of strangers sharing a space by necessity, no one is presented as an open book.

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

The Shining

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

A Woman Under the Influence

Stacia Kissick Jones @ Spectrum Culture Online

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Jun. 16, 2014)

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Ghostbusters

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

  • Excerpt: The iconic film that ushered visual effects into the realm of comedy turns 30 years old

The Man in the Glass Booth

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Sergeant York

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Jun. 9, 2014)

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Barry Lyndon

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

Dante’s Inferno (1935)

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: The five minutes or so in the final half of Harry Lachman’s 1935 melodrama Dante’s Inferno where the film takes a quick turn into the underworld is one of the more impressive versions of Hell ever created on a Hollywood soundstage. The rest of the movie lacks that original vision, however.

Montana Moon

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: These musical bits provide a nice diversion and pad out an otherwise thin script. Most of the movie’s appeal for modern eyes will rest with Crawford, whose onscreen presence and versatility impresses more and more the deeper any viewer digs into her filmography and the further away they get from the misshapen Mommie Dearest clichés.

Mr. Soft Touch

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: If you’re tired of the same old Christmas movies and looking for more alternative choices, then may I recommend you consider the 1949 Glenn Ford vehicle Mr. Soft Touch? It’s a heart-warming crime film set on Christmas Eve and spilling over onto Christmas Day, and it’s full of the kind of family-centric humor and redemptive themes that make for the best holiday entertainment.

Sin City

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: There is a fundamental immaturity about this movie that panders to boys’ least subtle sex and violence fantasies… But, there is also a genuine pulp poetry in the staging that lifts the finished product above its starting material.

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Jun. 2, 2014)

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Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: There are moments of pure craziness in Sam Peckinpah’s 1974 bloodbath Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia. It’s a revenge picture where the revenge only emerges by circumstance and changes course regularly, making friends of a severed head in a bag and the man who went looking for it, hoping to get paid by taking down the lout who just happened to sleep with his woman.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (1973)

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

Five Fingers

Bob Cashill @ Cineaste

  • Excerpt: James Mason in an Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s underrated spy thriller.

Glen or Glenda

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: ‘Glen or Glenda’ is as much legend as movie. Watching it is like being initiated into a secret cult of coolness.

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (May 26, 2014)

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Bang! Bang! You’re Dead!

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

The Birds

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: The crow has long been an omen of death, but never have our fine feathered friends been so conspicuously thantatotic as in Alfred Hitchcock’s first true horror (as opposed to suspense) film.

Boyhood

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

  • Excerpt: Linklater and Coltrane portray being a boy with both glorious and downright uncomfortable authenticity. Boyhood is a one of a kind experience.

Bug (1975)

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

Countess Dracula

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

Deranged

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

Dr. Phibes Rises Again

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

The Fury

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

God Told Me To

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

Mysterious Skin

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: …plays something like “Midnight Cowboy” with a touch of “The X-Files.”

Notre Musique

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Overlord

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

The Piano

Philip Concannon @ Mostly Film

Scream, Blacula, Scream

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

Squirm

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

Tim Holt Western Classics Collection: Vol. 4

A.J. Hakari @ Classic Movie Guide

The Trip to Italy

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

  • Excerpt: The Trip to Italy is just an assault of laughs, whether it’s duelling impressions, sketches or bickering. However, it’s in that vulnerable state, when your face is sore from laughter and your ears are reverberating with Michael Caine’s voice that Winterbottom torpedos you with emotional truths. The people you love should keep you grounded, tease you incessantly and dwarf your accomplishments; because they know it makes you better.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

  • Excerpt: X-Men: Days of Future Past is an extremely satisfying closure to this chapter of the X-Men universe.

You Only Live Once

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (May 19, 2014)

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Applause (1929)

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

Bad Dreams / Visiting Hours

M. Enois Duarte @ High-DefDigest.com

Before Dawn (1933)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Burden of Dreams

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] Les Blank’s haunting documentary about the four years Werner Herzog spent making “Fitzcarraldo” is such an essential companion piece to the actual film that it seems irresponsible for any would-be audience member to view only one of the two.

The Burglar (1957)

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: The Burglar is a bizarre, almost impressionistic take on the usual small-time heist drama. I say almost, as you’d be hard-pressed to make a case for its disjointed quirks being intentional. When it comes down to it, The Burglar is a bit of a mess.

Die, Monster, Die!

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

For You I Die

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

From Beyond the Grave

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

Godzilla (1998)

A.J. Hakari @ Attack from Planet B

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (May 12, 2014)

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The Amityville Horror Trilogy

A.J. Hakari @ Classic Movie Guide

Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

A.J. Hakari @ Classic Movie Guide

The Big Parade

A.J. Hakari @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Bloodsport

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

Broadway: The American Musical

A.J. Hakari @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The Cat and the Canary (1978)

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

Cat People (1982)

A.J. Hakari @ Classic Movie Guide

Chosen Survivors

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

The Crowd

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (May 5, 2014)

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4 (Chetyre)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Ace in the Hole

Philip Concannon @ Mostly Film

The Age of the Medici

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Baby Face Nelson

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: An attempt by the late Mickey Rooney to redefine himself as a pugnaciously plebeian, gritty character actor, this is one of the brighter nuggets to be found in the silt of his mid-career.

The Beast of Hollow Mountain

A.J. Hakari @ Classic Movie Guide

Billy Rose’s Jumbo

A.J. Hakari @ Classic Movie Guide

The Candy Snatchers

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Christmas in July

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

Crescendo

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

Crocodile Dundee / Crocodile Dundee II

James Plath Plath @ Family Home Theater

  • Excerpt: My family loved the first film but only thought the second half of the sequel entertaining. The first half, it was as if the filmmakers couldn’t quite figure out what to do with Dundee.

D.O.A.

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] A high-concept movie before there was such a thing, “D.O.A.” foreshadowed the poisoning of (possibly) Yasser Arafat and (definitely) Alexander Litvinenko — via polonium-210 — by a half-century.

Destroy All Monsters: “Back to the Future” and The Power of Love

Matt Brown @ Twitch

Dracula: Prince of Darkness

A.J. Hakari @ Classic Movie Guide

Frankenstein Created Woman

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

Goodbye Uncle Tom

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: This strange and audacious condemnation of American slavery, made by controversial Italian shockumentarians Jacopetti and Prosperi… is equal parts outrage and exploitation, with a side of absurdity.

Hot Water

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

I Was A Teenage Werewolf

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Mask of Dimitrios

A.J. Hakari @ Classic Movie Guide

The Neanderthal Man

A.J. Hakari @ Classic Movie Guide

Northfork

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: …displays the trappings of spirituality, but it doesn’t have a real spiritual message to convey.

Quentin Durward

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: Quentin Durward is a fun, loose adventure film, one that works well on something very close to a self-satirising level for star Robert Taylor and director Richard Thorpe.

The Ten Commandments

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: It presents its subject with such unrestrained grandiloquence that at times, the exhibition verges on pageantry. Nevertheless the drama is an unqualified success.

Think Fast, Mr. Moto

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

Windjammer: The Voyage of the Christian Radich

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Apr. 28, 2014)

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Airplane!

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Much of “Airplane!’s” success can be attributed to its casting of well-established older television actors in eccentric roles. Most of them were dramatic actors that had never done comedy before.

Airport

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

The Americanization of Emily

A.J. Hakari @ DVDActive

Batman: The Brave and the Bold – Season 1

A.J. Hakari @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Body Bags

A.J. Hakari @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Bringing Out The Dead

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Cinerama Holiday

A.J. Hakari @ Classic Movie Guide

Death Occurred Last Night

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Der Bomberpilot

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Distant

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Apr. 21, 2014)

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Diese Nacht

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Equus

Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: That Lumet’s goals lie somewhere beyond his achievement arguably makes Equus a more interesting film, avoiding the dreary handwringing that could have resulted had he otherwise played it safe.

Flight of the Navigator

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Last Time I Saw Macao

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Master of the House

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: …a charming household drama, a paean to mothers and wives everywhere. It’s sentimental and melodramatic and unashamedly so.

O Dia Do Desespero

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Say Anything

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Just a couple of weeks before Say Anything’s release, Heathers hit theaters (its Queen Bee, Kim Walker, also pops up here as Diane’s air-quoting valedictory rival Sheila), and if that film was a rebuke to the world of John Hughes and an indication of the darker, more cynical tone teen films would take in the coming decade, Say Anything… plays now like the last gasp from that era, a warm and sympathetic portrait of the teen years where everyone, even the grown-ups, transcends their stock type.

Went That Day Well?

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Apr. 14, 2014)

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Reviews of Classic Films

Badlands

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] Terrence Malick’s self-penned feature debut is a haunting road movie pitched in ‘50s Americana. The film’s razor-sharp tone of poetic irony is unique. Its inquisitive mood and regard for natural imagery suggest a childish quest for a utopia that already exists but somehow goes unrecognized.

Bang The Drum Slowly

Sarah D Bunting @ Tomato Nation

The Bold and Brave

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: Even if The Bold and the Brave might not be good enough to be accorded classic status, it’s worth seeing as a high point in a very long career. In the best of his performances, Mickey Rooney conveyed his own experiences as someone who knew well both the pinnacle of success and the depth of failure.

Cairo Road

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: A worthy deep cut from the archives of British crime cinema.

Cry Danger

Stacia Kissick Jones @ ClassicFlix

The Death of Maria Malibran

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Eika Katappa

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Happy Mother’s Day, Love George

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: The lone feature film directed by TV star Darren McGavin, Happy Mother’s Day, Love George is something of a lost, unpolished gem amidst the enormous panoply of ‘70s horror cinema.

The Immortal Story

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: Clocking in at barely an hour, Orson Welles made the film for French television, and it was intended to be part of a longer anthology of Dinesen adaptations…What remains, then, is a short curiosity in the great director’s canon, far from his best work and possibly the most dispassionate movie he ever directed.

Impact

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Man in the Dark

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Paid

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Run Lola Run

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Werid Movies

  • Excerpt: Stylized within a heartbeat of its life, ‘Lola’ is as proudly and defiantly artificial as Franka Potente’s Strawberry-Shortcake-with-her-head-on-fire dye job.

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Apr. 7, 2014)

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Published on: April 7, 2014

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Reviews of Classic Films

Airplane!

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Throwing non-stop jokes, gags, and snarky movie references at the wall proved a surefire method for getting humor to stick, slip, and split wide-open.

Badlands

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Terrence Malick’s self-penned feature debut is a haunting road movie pitched in ‘50s Americana. The film’s razor-sharp tone of poetic irony is unique. Its inquisitive mood and regard for natural imagery suggest a childish quest for a utopia that already exists but somehow goes unrecognized.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: It plays like a pulp noir thriller by way of a road movie of the damned, marinated in mescal and left to rot in the desert sun.

Capital

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Emperoro’s Naked Army Marches On

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The Expedition (1962)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Girl Shy

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Heathers

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Even seen this far on, when its faces have become familiar, its catchphrases iconic, its cynicism marketable, and its synthed-up music time-capsule comical, Heathers still pulses with the visceral thrill of getting away with something — both on- and off-screen.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)

Sean Axmaker @ Turner Classic Movies

  • Excerpt: Lon Chaney created a lot of twisted wretches, vengeful villains, and criminal masterminds, but Quasimodo remains his most sympathetic screen character. He gives a big, broad performance befitting the film and the character, a simple creature with the look and strength of a beast and the innocence and loyalty of a child.

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Mar. 31, 2014)

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Reviews of Classic Films

The Amityville Horror

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: Delapidated.

Black Devil Doll from Hell

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: All this incompetence would be intolerable, if the core idea of a supernatural rapist who looks like Rick James turned into a ventriloquist’s dummy wasn’t so inherently bizarre and ludicrous… you keep on watching not because it’s entertaining, but out of awe that something like this even exists.

Company Limited

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Coward (1965)

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The Elephant God

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

An Enemy of the People (1989)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Home and The World (1984)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

L’ Immortelle

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

The Lady in Question

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Vidor and screenwriter Lewis Meltzer have fun with the story, including allowing for B-stories for some of the more colourful side characters. It’s not the best work of anyone involved, not by a mile, but it’s still funny and sappy and enjoyable in all the right ways.

Leave Her to Heaven

Craig Skinner @ Film Divider

The Miracle Woman

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: The 1931 drama The Miracle Woman is the kind of movie that few folks besides Frank Capra could pull off. It’s a film that manages to simultaneously be a sincere portrayal of faith while maintaining a healthy sceptical cynicism in regards to human nature.

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

Stacia Kissick Jones @ Spectrum Culture Online

Repo Man

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: The repo men are a little bit like the gang that couldn’t shoot straight, and Cox’s film has its roots in the western as much as anything else, even if there is some rejection of the tradition…

Slumber Party Massacre

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

Something to Live For

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Tales from the Quadead Zone

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: [Chester Turner's] works aren’t outsider art—they’re outsider schlock. But they are uniquely his, and, unpolished as they might be, there is always something endearing about singular, sincere incompetence.

Tess

Danny King @ The Film Stage

Universidad Criterion – Persona

Mario Alegre @ Primera Hora

Universidad Criterion – The Freshman

Mario Alegre @ Primera Hora

Zombies of Mora Tau

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: One of the bright spots in the generally sparse and dismal ranks of ‘50s American horror films, and a singular little by-product, a starkly atmospheric, expressionistic morality play set in an entirely psychological Africa.

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Mar. 24, 2014)

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Reviews of Classic Films

The Adventures of Goopy and Bagha

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Big City (Mahanagar)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Branches of the Tree

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

A Brief History of Time

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: Based on Stephen Hawking’s book of the same name, as well as his similarly titled memoir A Brief History, Morris’ film is a concise and fascinating biography of the brilliant astrophysicist that engages with the man’s life by accepting that the product of his work is as essential to his story as any of the life events that led to him becoming who he is.

Foreign Correspondent

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: …this is a proto-action film, a forerunner of the type of blockbuster that rules the summer box office today.

The Lady from Shanghai

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: Welles acknowledges the story makes little sense in the bizarre, unrealistic way he frames character actors like Glenn Anders, Ted de Corsia and Everett Sloane (as Hayworth’s rich, crippled husband), all enlarged in the foreground like some Jim Steranko comic book panel.

The Long Day Closes

Sean Axmaker @ Turner Classic Movies

  • Excerpt: This remembrance of 1955 Liverpool has been recreated in a studio, where Davies’ control has enabled an idealized recreation of his past, designed and art directed to a perfection possible only through the glow of memory.

The Lower Depths

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Pete Walker: Two Feasts of Flesh

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

The Sandpiper

Stacia Kissick Jones @ Spectrum Culture Online

Sikkim

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Straight-to-Video Horror Masterpieces of the 1980s

Anton Bitel @ Grolsch FilmWorks

The Swimmer

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Tess

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: Though, on the surface, among the most genteel of Polanski’s films, TESS is among the most spiritually violent of his oeuvre if one really thinks about it.

What Price Hollywood?

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: What really makes What Price Hollywood? sustainable, however, is that it manages to have its cake and eat it, too. Like the best behind-the-scenes exposés, Cukor’s film loves and hates its subject. He subverts the emerging tropes even while revelling in them.

Yesterday Girl

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Mar. 17, 2014)

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Reviews of Classic Films

Cat People (1982)

Sean Axmaker @ Turner Classic Movies

  • Excerpt: Calling this a remake isn’t really accurate, even with a couple of notable homages to the original film. … It still equates sex with the animal inside, but along with the fear of unleashing that force is the exhilaration and freedom it brings.

The Chess Players (1977)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Distant Thunder

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Drums Along the Mohawk

Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row

  • Excerpt: While Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz are often regarded as the standard bearers of Technicolor photography, it’s hard to fathom why Drums Along the Mohawk isn’t mentioned right alongside them. Here is a film from a man who would give us the sweeping Monument Valley vistas of The Searchers 17 years later, flexing his considerable Technicolor muscles for the time, and the results are absolutely stunning.

Eden is West

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Epic of Everest

James Marsh @ Twitch

Frankenstein Created Woman

Sean Axmaker @ Turner Classic Movies

  • Excerpt: Frankenstein Created Woman plays less like a classic Frankenstein tale than a ghost story or possession horror, with the dead driving the living to carrying out his vengeance.

Invictus

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The Jungle Book

Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row

  • Excerpt: It has become something of a classic thanks to its catchy Sherman brothers songs like”Bare Necessities” and “I Wanna Be Like You,” but seeing it again after all these years, I was surprised just how uneventful it was.

The Lower Depths

Dona Levi @ FilmSnobbery

Man in the Dark

Sean Axmaker @ Turner Classic Movies

  • Excerpt: This 1953 production is a true oddity. Not only is it the only 3D film noir, it beat “House of Wax” to the theaters (by two days!) to become the first 3D feature released by one of the major studios.

Night Train to Terror

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: The idea is this: take three el-cheapo horror movies that no one wants to distribute, cut two-thirds of the exposition out of them (leaving just the “good parts” behind), write a wraparound premise about God and Satan watching these stories on a train as they debate the fate of their protagonists, and—what the hell—the MTV is popular with the kids now, so let’s spread a music video throughout the movie, too.

Regeneration (1915)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Salome (1972)

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Trans-Europe-Express

Sean Axmaker @ Cinephiled

  • Excerpt: [Alain Robbe-Grillet] directed ten features in a career that spanned over 40 years and Trans-Europ-Express (Kino / Redemption, Blu-ray, DVD), a lighthearted play with spy movies, erotica, and storytelling from 1966, was his most popular success and most audience-friendly production.

Vera

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: When “Vera”‘s imagery is on, it’s mind-meltingly sublime, but there are too many times when the CGI isn’t up to the tasks Athié sets for it. The movie serves as a reminder of why you should always shell out the big bucks for the top-shelf peyote, and not save a few pesos buying the shriveled-up buttons on sale for half off.

The Visitor

Sean Axmaker @ Cinephiled

  • Excerpt: The Visitor (Drafthouse, Blu-ray, DVD), a 1979 Italian giallo-esque supernatural horror with an American cast and a former Fellini assistant taking the directorial reigns with more imagination than storytelling discipline, is not the first Exorcist knock-off to come out of the Italian genre factory. It may, however, be the least coherent.

What’s Up Doc?

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Barbara Streisand takes over the feminine human incarnation of Bugs Bunny’s free-spirited cartoon character in Peter Bogdanovich’s enthusiastic homage to the screwball comedy.

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Mar. 10, 2014)

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Published on: March 10, 2014

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Reviews of Classic Films

After Live

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Dark Habits

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Five Fingers

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Five Fingers is a solid spy thriller that starts off slow, but it builds tension and steam as the story progresses. Based on a true story, Five Fingers stars James Mason as a man working for the British ambassador in Turkey during World War II who sold diplomatic secrets to the Nazis.

For Ever Mozart

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Get On The Bus

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

The Long Good friday

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Mephisto

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Soft Spoken Germans / Hard Silent Yanks

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: Well if my Mom only knew I was writing about vintage erotic movies, she would probably say something to the effect that I should be writing about more high-minded cinema, and then laugh about it with her friends. of course I could remind her that she got me out of high school to attend the advanced critics’ screening of Midnight Cowboy, and it was a slippery slope from that point on.

Sunset Boulevard

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Billy Wilder’s deft weaving of gothic elements, not the least of which is Nora’s decrepit mansion, casts a spell from which Joe is unable to break free. He, like the audience, is stuck in a frightful place awaiting an equally terrible fate.

The Year of the Cannibals

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Mar. 3, 2014)

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Published on: March 3, 2014

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Reviews of Classic Films

Airplane!

Dustin Freeley @ MoviesAboutGladiators.com

Battle of the Japan Sea

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: Sweeping in scope but essayed essentially as a series of interlocked vignettes held together by Toshiro Mifune’s star presence, Battle of the Japan Sea is an awkward but intermittently strong film that seeks to sustain a simultaneously grand, but also nuanced approach to the subject matter: for a film about a great national victory, this is a surprisingly thoughtful, restrained work.

Big Wednesday

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: If the filmmaker lurches into sentimentality during brief voice-over philosophizing about God and where the wind comes from, it’s a forgivable affectation that honors a personal belief-system authentic to the surf culture of the era.

Clueless

Dustin Freeley @ MoviesAboutGladiators.com

The Long Goodbye

Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge

  • Excerpt: Robert Altman’s odd, modern and much misunderstood The Long Goodbye has been getting a lot of attention lately, presumably because of a re-release on DVD and Blu-ray, which got me wondering, “Is it not only the best adaptation of a Raymond Chandler novel, but one of the greatest films ever made?”

Michael Collins

Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge

  • Excerpt: By an odd coincidence, I watched Braveheart on the same day as Michael Collins, which offered, by way of contrast, a useful insight into why Neil Jordan’s influential biopic of one of the heroes of Ireland’s fight for independence just doesn’t work.

Napoleon (1927)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Night of Generals

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Peter O’Toole is ferocious in The Night of the Generals, a fascinating and very neglected film, one of the most singular by-products of the era’s tumultuous screen culture. Produced on a lavish scale by Sam Spiegel, who had fostered O’Toole’s stardom in producing Lawrence, it’s a big-budget war movie with scarcely any combat. Rather, it’s essentially military noir, combining an early variation on the serial killer hunt motif with a typically ’60s fascination for antiheroic and antiauthoritarian narratives.

Salvatore Giuliano

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Salvatore Giuliano influenced directors like Gillo Pontecorvo, Glauber Rocha, Francis Ford Coppola, and Martin Scorsese. It is truly a seminal film whose innovative cinematic inventions breed insight into a complicated cultural reality splintered into many contentious factions.

The Seven-Ups

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: The Seven-Ups isn’t quite a classic, but it stands on its own two feet as a gritty drama of the period, and after an awkward first half-hour begins to hum.

Something Evil

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: Young Steven Spielberg’s direction of this early telemovie chiller, as in immediate predecessor Duel, certainly looks and feels cinematic, not particularly hampered by a more visually and conceptually limited format and quietly ebullient in technique.

Strange Deception

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

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