Classics and Other Films on DVD (Feb. 23, 2015)

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Amistad

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant is at once mysterious and bare, entangling the audience in its extensive drama, which itself is a manifestation of one interior life exposed on a single set. Rainer Werner Fassbender is melding 1950s melodrama with the dark explorations of his European predecessors, most notably Ingmar Bergman, all inspired by and in tribute to the great master of the “women’s picture,” Douglas Sirk.

Carmen Jones

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

The Deer Hunter

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: The Deer Hunter is actually a form of myth-making. Cimino and Washburn offer a Sophoclean tragedy where earthly, communal lessons and the invocation of fate repeatedly enfold the young heroes. The pure trio of youth, Mike, Nick, and Steven could readily have stumbled out of any point in history for an anthem of doomed youth and gone off to fight in any war.

Executive Action

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Goke’ may be a B-movie in form, but with its convoluted plot, stabs at social relevance, and cosmic imagery that verges on the surreal, its content transcends its genre origins.

Leolo

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: …could be one of the most despairing films ever made.

Lost Horizon

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: If you’ve seen Lost Horizon over the years on television, see it again. Chances are you saw it at a low ebb in its fortunes. This is a movie that has lived through adventures as exciting and harrowing as its plot.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1927)

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Feb. 9, 2015)

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Annie Hall: Woody Allen’s Best Picture Oscar for his First Masterpiece

Emanuel Levy @ www.EmanuelLevy.com

  • Excerpt: After several whimsical comedies, Woody Allen made his first great film in 1977, a bittersweet semi-autobiograhical chronicle of his doomed romance with Diance Keaton

Bubba Ho-Tep

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Despite the absurdity of the premise, Bruce Campbell’s alternate Elvis is a believable creation, half curmudgeon, half pickled charisma.

Carnival of Sinners

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Dead Ringer (1964)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

In Cold Blood

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

On The Edge (1986)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Scorpio Rising

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] Evocatively transgressive and subversively poetic, “Scorpio Rising” is a cinematic rebel yell against the fiercely anti-gay hypocrisies of American culture that still dog society in the 21st century.

The Timeless Groundhog Day

Kimberly Gadette @ doddle

  • Excerpt: This isn’t a redo … it’s a “one more.”

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Feb. 2, 2015)

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The Bride Wore Black

Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: The Bride Wore Black, Francois Truffaut’s homage to Alfred Hitchcock, is a nicely rendered crime thriller, providing a perfect vehicle for star Jeanne Moreau to subvert her cinematic image while also just being good fun. The story of revenge is coy with the violence, but its underlying emotions make for a wickedly dark film with a plenty more to offer than just a trail of bodies.

By the Bluest of Seas

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Charleston Parade

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Many of the director’s fans seem to think of this slice of Gallic zaniness as an embarrassment that Renoir would probably wish he could take back. I, on the other hand, wish more of the Renoir’s movies were this unhinged.

Lost in Yonkers

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

Waterloo Bridge (1931)

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Jan. 26, 2015)

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Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” is a remarkable outlier in the teen movie genre even if tone-deaf critics like Roger Ebert panned the film upon its release in 1982.

It Happened One Night (1934)

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Lawrence of Arabia

Emanuel Levy @ www.Emanuellevy.com

  • Excerpt: Five decades later, David Lean’s Oscar winning epic is just as impressive as it was in 1962

The Man With the Golden Arm

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: The intent is to force us to give up on trying to process the narrative and imagery in the conventional sense, and simply submit to its beauty.

Port of Flowers/The Living Magoroku

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

The Ruling Class

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: It’s a blasphemous eulogy for the English class system, a shovelful of disrespectful dirt thrown on its grave. At the same time, it’s a warning that the ghosts of that ancient order still roam the countryside.

A Serbian Film

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: The escalating incidents of pedophilia, incest, and necrophilia that follow reflect a country traumatized by otherwise unspeakable acts of violence committed under the auspices of war. We witness the disgusting underbelly of a broken civilization where human values no longer exist.

Time Bandits

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Vengeance is Mine

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “Vengeance Is Mine” is much more than a true-crime movie in the vein of “In Cold Blood.” Rather the film is a richly woven polemic that encompasses turbulent generational shifts in Japanese identity caused by World War II.

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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

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