Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD from 2010 and earlier.
Anne of the Indies
L’ Argent (1928)
- Excerpt: A stone-cold masterpiece.
Bird of Paradise
- Excerpt: Bird of Paradise is a product of its time (as opposed to being timeless), and though much of King Vidor’s island romance seems passé now, the movie still works as an action/adventure love story if you can get in the right mindset and look past its stereotypes and naiveté.
The Bloodthirsty Doll
- Excerpt: The Bloodthirsty Doll should be of interest in the transfer of the vampire genre to Japan.
The Brothers Bloom
- Excerpt: Casablanca has achieved such a legendary status as this Icon of Film one sometimes is afraid to approach it as just good entertainment. However, one can easily forget “The Legend” and enjoy a film that has romance, drama, some action, and even a bit of comedy.
The Chosen (1981)
- Excerpt: It doesn’t offer the innovation and experimentation of Fantasia, the artistry of Pinocchio and Sleeping Beauty, the emotion of Bambi and Dumbo, the fun of The Jungle Book and The Little Mermaid. What Cinderella does offer is a signature Disney fairy tale: a straight, simple narrative padded with animal antics and music.
Die Another Day
- Excerpt: Poor Madge. Poor sweet delusional Madge. She thought she was going to WIN the Best Original Song Oscar for her robotic, auto-tuned rendition of the title theme.
For Criterion Consideration: Don’t Look Now
- Excerpt: A smash hit that brought Bond back to life in a great big enjoyable way.
He Knows You’re Alone
The House of Clocks
Lawrence of Arabia
- Excerpt: It isn’t just that you appreciate the epic scale and physical grandeur better on the big screen, though you do. But the subtle nuances of this four hour epic are all but completely lost on the big screen.
Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World
- Excerpt: The film’s history lesson is too ludicrous to view as anything but comedy.
- Excerpt: The most likely effect of the movie on an audience is to reaffirm their bourgeois proprieties: yeah, those taboos against coprophagia, the sexualization of children, and the random insertion of pointless, pretentious political musings into movies are pretty valid after all, aren’t they?
Three Days Of The Condor
Time After Time
Two Orphan Vampires
- Excerpt: Two Orphan Vampires is slow, cheap, badly dubbed, and the vampire-vision blue filters get old, true, but there is an almost endearing strangeness and obsessiveness to the movie’s eccentric conceptions. Unfortunately, it goes on too long and wears out its welcome even for those who are attuned to this director’s plodding style, making it yet another of Rollin’s noble failures.