Classics and Other Films on DVD (Jan. 19, 2015)

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3 Women

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: Because 3 Women, which Altman wrote and produced under his own Lion’s Gate banner as well as directed, is not a story that works on paper, it’s not a script with a traditional plot. Its act breaks are more like psychotic breaks, in that the movie transforms twice, shifting when its main characters face trauma, swapping their roles, and yet never stopping to explain.

Screaming Mimi

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

The Wizard of Oz

Kristen Lopez @ Cinema Sentries

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Jan. 12, 2015)

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Dead Bang

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Eden and After

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Fairly summarized as ‘Alice in Wonderland’ meets ‘Justine’ meets ‘The Trip,’ ‘Eden and After’ is what happens when a dyed-in-the-wool Surrealist (and unrepentant bondage fetishist) makes an acid movie for the collegiate set, composing the experimental script on principles analogous to the serial music of Pierre Boulez.

The Gypsy Moths

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Les Enfants Terribles

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

My Dinner with Andre

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: It’s more accessible than it sounds. And, if you engage with it, it’s also more dramatic than it sounds.

Touch of Evil

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: Just a touch? Why so modest? Orson Welles is pure evil in this classic noir thriller, which showcases him as screenwriter, director, and star of a border tale drenched in sleaze, corruption, betrayal, and murder.

Westworld

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: Westworld feels like the birth of something, perhaps the modern science-fiction action film itself.

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Jan. 5, 2015)

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Natural Born Killers

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Natural Born Killers” aestheticization, and even poeticization, of violence glamorizes murder so effectively that the film becomes disturbing in ways the director never intended.

Our Vines Have Tender Grapes

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

The Thing from Another World

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Tootsie

Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: There’s a fascinating incongruity in that this movie is very much of the 1980s and yet also well enough ahead of its time that you’d easily be forgiven for thinking that it came from some other era. While the technique can be groanworthy–that drippy montage out at the farm, for instance, or Dave Grusin’s score, which is so bad I found myself wishing it was somehow a sly subtextual joke–the portrayal of Dorothy avoids the “Ick! It’s a dude!” clichés one might expect while also making it so she is never the object of ridicule.

Tootsie

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: It’s a movie with a lot on its mind — while never toppling over under the weight of its good intentions. In retrospect, it’s sort of genius, how they smuggled all that stuff in under the cover of a drag comedy, and promoted it not as a message movie, but as “Hey, look, Dustin Hoffman in a dress, funny!”

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Dec. 29, 2014)

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Bachelor Mother

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Oscar History: It Happened One Night (1934)

Emanuel Levy @ www.emanuellevy.com

  • Excerpt: The filmic and cultural impact of the 1934 Best Picture Oscar winner cannot be overestimated

Oscar: You Can’t Take It With You

Emanuel Levy @ www.Emanuellevy.com

  • Excerpt: Frank Capra won his third (and last) Directing Oscar for this zany comedy, starring Jimmy Stewart and Jean Arthur

The Siege of Firebase Gloria

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Dec. 22, 2014)

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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: … the film dropped audiences into an aggressively unreal world and celebrated its theatrical artifice as a vision of madness and horror. It set the style for a movement, influenced a generation of filmmaker from Fritz Lang and Universal horror movies, and created images so vivid they are still referenced today.

The Conformist

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: It’s a superb performance by Trintignant, whose presence is the film is physically passive even as he tries to play the confident, intellectual leader of men. He is stiff and still and pulls himself inward, instinctively resistant to physical contact.

The Long Hair of Death

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: … the beauty of figures that float through the atmosphere of Margheriti’s sets and locations and the mesmerizing presence of Steele, whose scary beauty is delicate and vulnerable yet feral and fierce.

Out of the Past

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: In a genre full of desperate characters scrambling and plotting to grab their slice of the American dream, Jacques Tourneur’s Out of the Past (1947) is a hard-boiled tale of betrayal with an unusually haunting quality.

Rocky Mountain

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Verdun: Looking at History

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: It is part human drama and part history lesson, complete with detailed statistics and animated maps of troop movements to put the big picture around human experience.

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

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Judgment at Nuremberg

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

Les Blank: Always For Pleasure

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: Les Blank: Always For Pleasure is simultaneously sumptuous and gratifying in the same way that stories told by reminiscing grandparents garner nostalgia for a time and place you never knew, yet you feel the heart and soul of this culture now gone still surging on with a strangely natural exuberance. Blank’s ability to capture the sheer joys of life through honest, intimate situations, while capturing a wide view of one’s cultural heritage is absolutely unparalleled. No release this year bears such great historical importance and still possesses the ability to inspire cinematic elation.

Werewolf Woman

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

When The Wind Blows

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: Though a work of harsh satirical brutality, When The Wind Blows is a British animated classic that stands upon its clear eyed creative originality as a means to remind us that war may not seem to effect us from its great distance, but it surely does, whether you choose to ignore the facts or not.

Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier

‘The Turning Point’ starts strong but doesn’t fully recognize the good things it has going for it

Edgar Chaput @ Sound on Sight

Animosity

Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery

  • Excerpt: A specimen of insidious, creeping terror that burrows its way into your brain and haunts your nightmares for weeks.

The Drill Instructor

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Classics and Other Films on DVD (Dec. 8, 2014)

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Audrey Hepburn Collection

Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: hree of Audrey Hepburn’s most beloved films are brought together here under one cover, compiling previously released Blu-ray editions in one sleek package. Though the bundling doesn’t necessarily have a strict theme, the set will satisfy viewers who enjoy the actress’ penchant for fairy tale romances.

Bunny Lake is Missing (1965)

Tyler Foster @ DVDTalk

Claire’s Knee

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] As much a French cultural touchstone as a charming and nuanced picture of desire, “Claire’s Knee” is Eric Rohmer’s best-known film.

Crossroads/Jujiro

Donald J. Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

Eraserhead

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: David Lynch’s filmic immersion into the surreal world of his distinctly odd protagonist Henry Spencer (Jack Nance) comes through in a creepy black-and-white black comedy that functions perfectly as a nerve-wracking exercise in existential horror.

The Girl Who Knew Too Much

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Le beau Serge

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Running roughshod over the usual settling-in period, Le beau Serge grabs the viewer by the scruff of the neck with an ominous energy and holds us tight to the bitter end—bitter being the operative word.

Light Sleeper

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Dec. 1, 2014)

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Diary of a Lost Girl

Philip Concannon @ Mostly Film

Sunday in New York

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

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

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10:30 P.M. Summer

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

L’ Avventura

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: For me, I think what is most compelling about Michelangelo Antonioni’s challenging 1960 drama L’Avventura is how it so effectively upends the mystery genre to serve the director’s own thematic purpose. More than fifty years before Gone Girl, Antonioni crafted an oblique narrative about a young woman bored to death with her future husband and the state of love in general who in some manner orchestrates her own disappearance.

La Dolce Vita

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: One of the few movies that can takes its place not only in film history, but as a part of the great conversation of Western civilization.

The Edge of Heaven (2007)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Fiction

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Hiroshima Mon Amour

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: With its innovative, impressionistic structure, Hiroshima Mon Amour is often cited as one of the most influential films of the 20th century. It was unlike anything that had come before.

The Joke

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Ornette: Made in America

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Pandora’s Box

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: For “Pandora’s Box,” Pabst created a proto-feminist icon for the ages in the guise of a gifted young actress named Louise Brooks, whose bold acting style prefigured modern cinema’s naturalistic acting techniques by decades.

The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

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

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Daybreak

Budd Wilkins @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: “Daybreak typically gets shoehorned, along with a handful of other collaborations between director Marcel Carné and screenwriter Jacques Prévert, into a filmic historical movement known by the oxymoronic catchall “poetic realism.” But, in many ways, it’s more productive to view this relentlessly dour and disillusioned masterwork as a feel-bad forerunner of film noir.”

Everlasting Regret

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Glory Guys

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Go Go Tales

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

It Happened One Night

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

Journeys From Berlin

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Killing

Stacia Kissick Jones @ Next Projection

The King of Comedy

Aaron Pinkston @ Battleship Pretension

The President

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

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

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Little Fugitive

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Made in 1953 by three confident filmmakers, “Little Fugitive” is as much an invaluable filmic document of postwar New York as it is an enchanting incipient work of independent cinema.

Pandora’s Box

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “Pandora’s Box” was a controversial movie at the time of its release. The movie can be construed as the first international LGBT film ever.

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

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Blood Feast

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

Die Hard

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

Hangmen Also Die

Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: Even after all this time, Hangmen Also Die is a potent film, and it’s up there with some of Fritz Lang’s best

Haxan

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

La Dolce Vita

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: Fellini’s film has a large reputation, but you’ll find that when watching La dolce vita, the reputation is inadequate. The movie itself is larger still.

Le Jour Se Lève (Daybreak)

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Serious film fans will appreciate the 4K restoration of this 1939 French melodrama, which has been all but unseen for 75 years.

Sundays and Cybele

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: The movie’s central difficulties aren’t easy to dismiss, but then, neither are all the other possibilities the script raises. Nor can one ignore the honesty of the emotions on display, which is what makes Sundays and Cybèle so genuinely intriguing.

The Fog

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Few film titles have ever reaped such totemic power or attention-getting frisson as The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Oct. 27, 2014)

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The Conformist

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: If Bertolucci’s screenplay, adapted by the director from a novel by Alberto Moravia, is complex and fascinating, it is the visuals of this movie that make the most enduring impression. The cinematography is by the great Vittorio Storaro.

From Dusk Till Dawn

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: …a curious failure that has been surprisingly overrated by people who remember the vampire-stabbing fun of the pre-dawn finale, but forget the incongruous and unpleasant pre-dusk sequences.

Goldfinger

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “Goldfinger” set in stone the formula for what would become cinema’s longest running and most reliably entertaining franchise. Regardless of how many installments have come since, “Goldfinger” retains its reputation as the best of the bunch.

I Married a Monster from Outer Space

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Gene Fowler’s little universe proliferates with ingenious fragments of surrealist destabilisation, which often pack a sneaky thematic wallop.

Madeinusa

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: A drama that’s slow to start, but which gradually drags you in with its rich, imaginary synthesis of pagan and Christian traditions, and with the fate of its quietly sad and oddly named adolescent protagonist.

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Oct. 20, 2014)

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All That Jazz

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: …doesn’t really start high-kicking until the heart attack strikes and Gideon’s anesthesia-induced musical fantasies kick in.

Black Sunday

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

The Brides of Dracula

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: A fiercely concentrated and lushly executed work of Hammer’s peculiar brand of Technicolor Gothic.

Grace Kelly Collection

Paul Mavis @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: The few times her directors were able to tap into that certain…something true movie stars possess, her visceral effect was palpable. However, as an actress….

Hiroshima Mon Amour

Budd Wilkins @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: Like the anonymous entwined bodies glimpsed in its opening moments, things tend to commingle in Alain Resnais’s revolutionary first feature, Hiroshima Mon Amour.Being essentially a film for two voices, Hiroshima Mon Amour lends itself to the monologue or solo recitative.

The Kid

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “The Kid” is significant in cinema history because it is one of the first films to combine comedy and drama as a succinct filmic form.

Rubin and Ed

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Crispin Glover playing something very near the Crispin Glover-iest character ever written.

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Oct. 13, 2014)

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Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

  • Excerpt: It’s a very fun romp through the wild and wacky world of witchcraft, so jump on the bed and let’s go!

Bonnie and Clyde

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Equal parts true-crime exposé, dysfunctional love story, and Depression-era think piece, the picture underscores American police departments’ longstanding proclivity for short cuts to justice, i.e. murder.

Chase a Crooked Shadow

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

Drive

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

Ghost in the Shell

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: … less exploitative and far more thoughtful than most of its kin… an invigorating animation for the mind and eye.

Hiroshima Mon Amour

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Fierce in its condemnation of America’s racist military attacks against Hiroshima and Nagasaki that killed a quarter of a million Japanese citizens, “Hiroshima Mon Amour” bridges a gap between death and life via a doomed love affair that helps heal two emotionally damaged people from different races.

Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Even by modern cinema’s jaded standards, “She Wolf of the SS” remains a powerfully sexy, campy, blood-soaked, and fetishistic tour de force.

Maurice

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

Vertigo

Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge

  • Excerpt: Vertigo is a film about passion and love and trying to overcome the past, though all of these themes are problematized – the film is rarely as simple as it looks…

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Oct. 6, 2014)

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Cabaret

Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Simplemente genial.

Gone With the Wind

Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com

  • Excerpt: If you haven’t seen “Gone With the Wind,” you don’t know the whole story of the big Hollywood movie, and if you haven’t seen “Gone With the Wind” on the big screen, you haven’t seen “Gone With the Wind.”

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Sep. 29, 2014)

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Dragonwyck

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

The Innocents

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: Disquieting, if not necessarily horrifying, THE INNOCENTS is a psychosexual take on THE TURN OF THE SCREW.

Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Werid Movies

  • Excerpt: Wes Anderson’s most interesting and strangest movie.

Macbeth (1971)

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: 1971’s MACBETH is one of Polanski’s most unjustly maligned movies, perhaps because of its unapologetic wallowing in dark themes coming so closely after the murder of Polanski’s wife Sharon Tate by the Manson Family. That it was Playboy founder Hugh Hefner’s first and ultimately only venture into cinema may have been another reason.

Picnic at Hanging Rock

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Werid Movies

  • Excerpt: This gauzy meditation on sexual repression and loss can have a hypnotic effect on those susceptible to its mysterious moods, while others find it an inconclusive bore. Both sides have an argument, but in general, the good here outweighs the bland.

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Sep. 22, 2014)

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The African Queen

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: There is something delightful in seeing two great actors play to and against type.

Belle de Jour: Bunuel’s Masterpiece

Emanuel Levy @ www.EmanuelLevy.com

  • Excerpt: Belle de Jour is Bunuel”s most accessible and populr film, a highlight of his career as well as landmark of Surrealist Cinema

Cinema Paradiso

Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Cinema Paradiso es una película tierna, nostálgica, y divertida.

A Hard Day’s Night

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: The spirit embodied by Lester’s Beatles was welcoming, and it wasn’t about chronological age: it was about choosing “parading” over propriety.

Phantom of the Paradise

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Made in the heart of the midnight movie craze, when directors were free to take (relatively) big budgets and take crazy chances with them, De Palma included a number of stylistically off-balance scenes that surely would have been excised, to ‘Phantom”s detriment, in a less forgiving film era.

Sweet Smell of Success

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Sweet Smell of Success is an angry film, brilliant, but highly cynical, reflecting the moral morass that the characters in this demimonde of nightclubs and backroom deals to get a line in a newspaper column work in.

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Sep. 15, 2014)

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All That Jazz

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: The elevator pitch for All That Jazz was something like The Death of Bob Fosse: The Musical, but it could just as easily have been The Death of the 1970s. This is where all the excess and the partying and the ugliness caught up with a generation.

Around the World in 80 Days

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: How this film won the Academy Award for Best Picture must certainly be one of the great anomalies in the Academy’s illustrious history. Now reflect on the fact that it beat The King and I, The Ten Commandments and Giant and the win seems even more egregious.

Arrowsmith

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Though overly dramatic with some stumbles here and there in terms of narrative cohesion, John Ford’s 1931 Sinclair Lewis adaptation Arrowsmith is a solid vehicle for star Ronald Colman. The handsome actor stars as a struggling, well-meaning doctor looking to be a “hero of health.”

The Cabinet of Dr Caligari

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Forrest Gump

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: If you can separate the film from all the cultural baggage that it’s acquired over the past two decades, and approach it with something like fresh eyes, it’s sort of surprising what an odd and risky movie it is. Director Robert Zemeckis pitches the tale as neither comedy nor drama, but as a loose, vignette-heavy mixture of pop history and folk storytelling.

Forrest Gump

Daniel Carlson @ Movie Mezzanine

Ghostbusters

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: I still cite Ghostbusters any time I’m asked to list my top movies. I’ll admit my love is influenced by nostalgia, but I find it has lost none of its luster.

Love Streams

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: Such is Cassavetes’ jagged storytelling style, however. His narratives are rarely clean, and his expression as ragged as the fashions he outfits his actors in. Hence the choppy nature of Love Streams’ opening scenes, or the disconcerting shifts over time and even reality.

M

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

The Mating Season

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Mulholland Drive

Simon Miraudo @ Junkee

Obsessione

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: The second film version of James M. Cain’s novel The Postman Always Rings Twice, the film was banned after Mussolini’s son rejected it as not reflecting the reality of the Italian people, and Visconti was forced to turn over all prints and negatives for destruction. We only have this valuable document of wartime Italian filmmaking, as well as Visconti’s pungent directorial debut, because Visconti held back one negative.

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Sep. 8, 2014)

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All That Jazz

Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row

  • Excerpt: It was, in many ways, a vibrant and visceral assertion of what it meant to be Bob Fosse. More than that, it’s a full throated exclamation of what it means to be an artist.

Armored Attack!

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

Cotton Comes to Harlem

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: A highpoint of blaxploitation and of 1970s action movies in general, Cotton Comes to Harlem is smart, rollicking crime picture that never takes itself too seriously even while it has very serious things to say.

Cry-Baby

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: As a lightly magical realist comedy, ‘Cry-Baby’ is fairly successful, although of course many Waters fans will miss the nasty grit of the trashpile 1970s movies.

Gigi

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: The social mores and customs are amusingly dated, but that’s really the point now isn’t it? Let’s just say, they don’t make ‘em like this anymore.

The Party

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Built around a short outline by director Blake Edwards, The Party sets Peter Sellers loose to do what he does best: create elaborate situational slapstick. The results are often hilarious, occasionally surprising, and even a little sweet.

Portrait of Jennie

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

  • Excerpt: The majority of the film is rather bland, mired in romantic conventions, but a sharp and death-defying third act saves it.

The Vanquished

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Vengeance is Mine

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Sep. 1, 2014)

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Another Life

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

The Birdcage

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Easy Rider

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: he problem with taking a purely skeptical view of Easy Rider — which is easy to do, once you start picking at the picture’s scabs — is that so much of the movie that still has a pulse, still vibrates with such manic energy that you can shut out the rest and understand why it got everyone’s hair up back in ’69.

The Exorcist (Director’s Cut)

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

The Gold Diggers

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Lawrence of Arabia

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: It is safe to say that there has never been a more electrifying career launch in movie history than Peter O’Toole’s in Lawrence of Arabia.

Murder, My Sweet

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

  • Excerpt: It doesn’t boast the star power of The Big Sleep, but it doesn’t need that with a story and acting as good as it gives.

Oldboy (2003)

Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery

Somebody Up There Likes Me

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

  • Excerpt: http://journeysinclassicfilm.com/2014/08/19/somebody-up-there-likes-me-1956/

Y Tu Mamá También

Mario Alegre @ Primer Hora [Spanish]
Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: The further we get from ‘Y Tu Mamá,’ the more it feels like a standalone work, a nakedly personal film from a director whose films lean more toward universal experience and spectacle.

Recent Home Video Releases

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Aug. 25, 2014)

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Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

The Big Sleep

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: The Big Sleep, as its weird, pithily poetic title suggests, is far from realistic. It is indeed one of the most fervently delirious works from classic Hollywood.

The Bride of Frankenstein

Stacia Kissick Jones @ Next Projection

Call Her Savage

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

The Children’s Hour

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: This may be Audrey Hepburn’s finest dramatic performance. She offers strength and sympathy, but also heartbreak.

City Lights

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

  • Excerpt: It’s a Classic Film, and Chaplin deserves his spot in the pantheon of comics.

Donkey Skin

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: Stylistically, Donkey Skin is fascinating. Demy establishes a kind of shabby chic.

Marty (1955)

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

The Unforgiven

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: The only western that Audrey Hepburn ever made, The Unforgiven pairs the actress with co-star and producer Burt Lancaster and legendary director John Huston for a decent if not dazzling cowboy drama.

The Wind Will Carry Us

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: As with most of Abbas Kiarostami’s signature work, it’s as inscrutable as it is involving, relying on the audience’s powers of observation as much as that of the auteur.

Recent Home Video Releases

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

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Published on: August 18, 2014

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Recent Home Video Releases

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

Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier

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

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Published on: August 11, 2014

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Reviews of Classic Films

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.

Recent Home Video Releases

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

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Published on: August 4, 2014

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

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.

Recent Home Video Releases

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