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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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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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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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)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

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)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

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

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Reviews of Classic Films

3 Women

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Tucked away on the long stretch of nowhere between “Persona” (1966) and “Lost Highway” (1997) lies 3 Women, the 1970s iteration of cinema’s recurring dream about sliding identities.

Alexander Nevsky

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Being John Malkovich

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

The Birds

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: After 50 year, it just doesn’t fly

City of Pirates

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The Crimson Kimono

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Samuel Fuller’s 1959 hardboiled crime drama “The Crimson Kimono” tackles expected subjects like sex and murder, but as part of a larger narrative about race and the basic connection between human beings. In this case, a Japanese American police detective played by James Shigeta falling in love with the white witness Victoria Shaw, and him having to learn to stop worry about the prejudicial monsters he imagines under the bed and allow his passions to catch fire.

Foreign Correspondent

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: It’s worth noting that Hitchcock actually made the movie for an American studio, and he considered it the first where he got to express himself fully. It’s long been held that Hollywood was ahead of the curve in working to convince Americans of our need to stand with our European allies in World War II, and there is perhaps no more irrefutable example of that than “Foreign Correspondent”.

Ghostbusters

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: The business of commercialism as the new inescapable paradigm in the go-go ’80s is a key conceit in Ghostbusters, echoing outwards into life, as the boys’ company logo is also the film’s advertising image and the idea of paranormal battle as just another home service industry gave the film’s inimitably bouncy theme tune, by Ray Parker Jr, its refrain.

Godzilla vs. Biollante

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

Bill Weber @ Slant

The Loving Story

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

RoboCop (1987)

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

RoboCop 2

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

RoboCop 3

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

Teeth

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Writer/director Mitchell Lichtenstein chooses to play the concept (mostly) as a straight horror movie. Since the other possibility would be to go for a horror/comedy hybrid that would inevitably degenerate into juvenile genitalia jokes, his choice seems like it should be the correct one; but based on the results here, I’m not so sure this material wouldn’t have played better with more icky genital wackiness…

Titus

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Julie Taymor’s extravagant production of “Titus”, one of Shakespeare’s more obscure plays, stands some fifteen years on as a singular creation. It is audacious and colorful and brilliantly realized.

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

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Reviews of Classic Films

A Chorus Line

Dusty Somers @ Cinema Sentries

Darkman

Sean Axmaker @ Turner Classic Movies

  • Excerpt: It’s a little shaggy when compared to his Spider-Man movies, more in line with the anything-goes approach of Army of Darkness, endearingly sloppy with details and filled with invention flourishes and a film-lover’s fun when it comes to playing with genre conventions.

The Epic of Everest

Dusty Somers @ World Cinema Paradise

Fantasia

Josh Spiegel @ Sound on Sight

Fantasia 2000

Josh Spiegel @ Sound on Sight

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

Sean Axmaker @ Turner Classic Movies

  • Excerpt: There’s an admirable modernity amidst the old-fashioned elegance of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947), a romantic ghost story with a strong-willed young widow and the salty but gentlemanly spirit of a sea captain.

The Jungle Book

Josh Spiegel @ Sound on Sight

The Legend of Suram Fortress

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: …like flipping through a beautiful old illustrated fairy tale storybook written in a language we don’t understand.

The Long Day Closes

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: To describe The Long Day Closes is to try to summarize the plotless. Davies’ film recreates his childhood growing up in 1950s Liverpool. It’s a string of anecdotes filtered through memory.

Many Wars Ago

Dusty Somers @ World Cinema Paradise

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Mamet’s script could almost be divided in half. There is the stuff leading up to the murder, and then the aftermath of the crime and what happens when these two volatile people are stuck with each other with no one to come in between.

Reflections in a Golden Eye

Carson Lund @ Are the Hills Going to March Off?

  • Excerpt: Framed in widescreen, obscured by a great deal of shadow or forest haze, and scored to a creeping, tension-filled medley of flutes, clarinets, strings, and glockenspiels by Toshirô Mayuzumi (the composer for several key films by Mizoguchi, Oshima, and Imamura), Reflections drifts along like a dream, with many muggy lulls punctuated by sudden bursts of heightened emotion.

Rififi

Dusty Somers @ Blogcritics

Tomorrow Night

Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog

  • Excerpt: In the end, Tomorrow Night winds up feeling like a series of arbitrary, off-kilter events which happen to a collection of grotesques. That’d be fine if the film itself was, on average, pretty funny, and while it does have some moments that are really, really amusing, it lacks either the comedic consistency or the genuine warmth to get away with how weird and off-putting a lot of it is.

Toy Story

Josh Spiegel @ Sound on Sight

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

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Black Cat, White Cat

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: …the kind of script Leonard Elmore might have written if he’s been born a Bosnian gypsy.

Black Rain

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Man in the Dark 3D

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: An entertaining B-grade noir, Man in the Dark may have started off as a gimmick picture to capitalize on 3D, but the 1953 thriller holds up as a sometimes strange, fast-moving crime narrative.

Man of Iron

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The Naked Jungle

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: The Naked Jungle is, for most of its length, squarely and as unabashedly as you could get in the ’50s, about sex.

Passing Notes…On Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets

Carson Lund @ In Review Online

  • Excerpt: If The Big Shave, Scorsese’s microbudget short film from 1967, can be said to foreground the director’s defining concerns in miniature, can we say that Mean Streets lays a more comprehensive roadmap for the future, and if so, in what ways?

The Saragossa Manuscript

Donald Levit @ R

Sex Hunter

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Terror of Mechagodzilla

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

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

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The Black Swan

Sean Axmaker @ Turner Classic Movies

  • Excerpt: They set sail against Maxfield Parish skylines and battle in a riot of indigos and royal blues and crimson reds with flourishes of gold.

Call of the Wild

Sean Axmaker @ Turner Classic Movies

  • Excerpt: he 1935 screen adaptation Call of the Wild, the first sound version of the adventure, makes Buck a supporting character in the human story of Jack Thornton, a brash, cheerful miner who begins the film by gambling his entire fortune away in a saloon and sets out with an old buddy to start again, this time with a map to an unclaimed mine that may or may not be reliable.

Cat People (1982)

Sean Axmaker @ Cinephiled

  • Excerpt: Alan Ormsby’s screenplay doesn’t just update the story, it reimagines it with a backstory mythology that is both more literal and more dreamlike than the original and Schrader paints it with a palette of old world atmosphere and modern, unreal colors.

Cry of the City

Sean Axmaker @ Turner Classic Movies

  • Excerpt: Imagery and style aside, what makes this such classic noir is the world of corruption and betrayal and desperation.

Fearless

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: The simple tale of how a high school senior spent one glorious spring day playing hooky after faking an illness. It doesn’t sound like a saga destined for greatness, but Ferris Bueller’s Day Off has become iconic.

The General

Phil Concannon @ Little White Lies

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

Just a little… funny. Dr. Strangelove on its 50th anniversary.

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Khartoum

Sean Axmaker @ Cinephiled

  • Excerpt: Basil Dearden is no epic director (the grandiose sweep of the rationed spectacle is courtesy of second unit director and legendary stuntman Yakima Cunutt) but he plays the game of wills and wiles with a nice understanding of imperialist realpolitic maneuvering.

The Killing Fields

Sean Axmaker @ Cinephiled

  • Excerpt: It’s the first feature directed by Roland Joffe, who came from TV and stage, and he shoots the drama with an unforced realism, lent a terrible grace by the handsome images and smooth, unobtrusive long takes of cinematographer Chris Menges …

Nurse Girl Dorm: Sticky Fingers

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Rififi

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

The Sack of Rome

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Sunrise

Sean Axmaker @ Cinephiled

  • Excerpt: A deliriously romantic fable on a magnificent scale, F.W. Murnau’s 1927 Sunrise is a story of reconciliation and renewal and a Utopian vision of paradise lost and regained.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: After 40 years, the buzz still has bite.

La Vie de Boheme

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: Kaurismäki has a good time with the classic story, infusing it with his own kooky sense of humor while also having fun with the conventions of nineteenth-century dramatic novels.

Zulu

Sean Axmaker @ Cinephiled

  • Excerpt: You could argue that it’s something of a flag-waiver but Zulu is not about triumph. It’s about survival and luck, about arrogance and the cost of colonialism and occupation.

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