Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD from 2010 and earlier.
(500) Days of Summer
- Excerpt: The rise and fall of a romance has rarely been as well and as realistically portrayed as it is here, even with a musical number in the mix.
The Brain That Wouldn’t Die
- Excerpt: …bypasses the rational portion of the frontal cortex and directly stimulates the portion of the brain that responds to misogynist daydreams and deformed mutants in closets.
The Crushed Film Festival presents: Far From Heaven
A Design for Living
The Gold Rush
- Excerpt: Having seen the film several times, I never cease to be amazed at what Chaplin could do with a seemingly simple shrug or a glance.
- Excerpt: Despite all claims to the contrary, Inception is a film that’s quite easy to follow and understand.
John Paul Jones
The Most Dangerous Game
Die Nibelungen: Siegfried & Kriemhild’s Revenge
- Excerpt: Whilst Metropolis, with its genetic heritage passed on through so much of science fiction that followed and its giddy, frenetic sense of technique, is the most famous of Fritz Lang’s films, Die Nibelungen has all of its virtues and none of its faults…As Metropolis is to science fiction, watching Die Nibelungen feels very much like encountering the ür-text of just about the entire canon of historical fantasy-adventure cinema.
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
- Excerpt: Even hobbled as he is by a character he doesn’t entirely get, and Peter Hunt’s antagonistic direction, and the film’s annoying tendency to remind us of Connery… George azenby puts up a good fight.
- Excerpt: …not a great movie by any means, but a reliable one, with another solid performance from Sean Connery, who always makes a staunch, stalwart protagonist of truly heroic proportions.
Pay or Die
- Excerpt: Pay or Die marks something of a anomaly in Ernest Borgnine’s long career as being one of the very few films where he was both the top billed star and a romantic lead.
The Rape of the Vampire
- Excerpt: …acts like it wants to be the ‘Un Chien Andalou’ of lesbian vampire movies; it can’t quite reach those lofty aspirations, but it does have fun trying.
Red Ball Express
- Excerpt: History hasn’t turned it into a masterpiece, but there are now some fascinating wrinkles in the film that might not have been intended. Because it was produced by disgraced (and imprisoned) Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff, the movie is now loaded with an eerie unintentional laughter it didn’t have for its original viewers.
Run For Cover
The Seduction of Mimi
Singin’ in the Rain
- Excerpt: …light, frothy, and charming, a complete delight from beginning to end. With the extra materials the Blu-ray sports, plus its high-definition sound and picture, it makes a tempting stab at number one.
The Space Children
- Excerpt: As a movie, “Spawn” can’t make up its mind what it wants to be any more than its protagonist knows who he is or what he wants to be.