Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.
Reviews of Classic Films
Babes in Toyland (1961)
A Day in the Country
- Excerpt: …does exactly what a short film should: it draws its audience into its setting, orients them to the situation, and then leads them to a certain revelation or question, its compactness allowing for the storyteller to be simultaneously more direct and more ambiguous.
- Excerpt: Home-grown Nazi horrors and doomed romance as Nancy Drew’s fertility is threatened by the Fuehrer.
Miracle on 34th Street
The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum
Two Men in Town
You Can’t Take It With You
Recent Home Video Releases
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Wake Up And Kill
Other Reviews from 2014 and earlier
- Excerpt: Cinema Fearité Presents ‘Black Christmas’ – The Original Christmas Slasher
Hugo Gomes @ Cinematograficamente Falando … [Portuguese]
- Excerpt: I think kids should be made to watch Gremlins as a rite of passage. “Take care of your dog or he’s going to eat you.”
Love at Large
Manos: the Hands of Fate
- Excerpt: …if applied consistently, incompetence can be a style.
The Muppet Christmas Carol
- Excerpt: But don’t think it’s merely a retelling by Jerry Juhl to get children loving Dickens because there’s a lot to love for adults too—especially those who grew up with Henson and know these characters like the back of their hands. This wasn’t simply a money-grab and its artistic merit definitely speaks for itself.
- Excerpt: A low-budget chilling jailhouse ghost story drama.
Twice Upon a Time
- Excerpt: The mix of a crazy dream/fairytale plot with luminous cutout animation that often evokes surrealist collage landscapes—the cartoon characters might find themselves inside a clock that looks lie a Leonardo da Vinci notebook page, on a frozen beach with body parts sticking out of the sand, or attacked by office supplies—makes ‘Twice Upon a Time’ a one-of-a-kind oddball adventure.