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Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.
Reviews of Classic Films
The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
- 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.
The Deer Hunter
- 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.
Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell
- 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.
- Excerpt: …could be one of the most despairing films ever made.
- 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)
Recent Home Video Releases
OFCS member Nell Minow celebrates her birthday today, February 23. Please help us congratulate her and wish her well.
You can visit her website: Movie Mom.
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This weekend, the 87th Academy Awards will be telecast around the world. Typically, we have an Awards Coverage section in our weekly Grab Bag Article. Today, we bring you all of those articles a whole five days early.
2014 Oscar Predictions: Final
- Excerpt: Cinema Sight’s contributors put down their final predictions for the 87th Academy Awards.
87th Oscars: Oscar Guy’s Final Thoughts
- Excerpt: Oscar Guy’s (Wesley Lovell’s) final fhoughts on the 87th Academy Awards.
87th Oscars: The Polls – Your Choices
- Excerpt: You pick your favorite Oscar nominees in each category.
87th Oscars: The Polls – Your Predictions
- Excerpt: You pick the achievements you think will win the Oscar in each category.
DVD Talk Feature: The 2015 Academy Awards
My (confidently accurate) Annual Oscar Predictions
- Excerpt: It’s that time again, and this year has the spice of unpredictability. For once, the major categories are not all a foregone conclusion (some, not all). It’s been a strange year and this year has a very odd mixture.
Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 11
- Excerpt: A look at the winners and loser from the 11th week of Precursor Season
Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 12
- Excerpt: A look at the winners and loser from the 12th week of Precursor Season
Oscar Update: Memo to the Academy – For Your Consideration
- Excerpt: A case for Laura Dern, ‘Finding Vivian Maier’, and more!
Our critics have been hard at work reviewing the latest films. Here is a look at what’s coming out this weekend (in select cities, check your local listings) and what else may be in theaters right now.
Opening: February 20-22, 2015
Wide (United States)
Limited (United States)
Digging Up the Marrow
Queen and Country
- Excerpt: …a light, nostalgic military coming of age story with mournful undercurrents. While the film may feel slight compared to its precursor, Boorman deftly manages shifting tones while preserving post-war memories in a very specific time and place.
2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
OFCS member Simon Miraudo celebrates his birthday today, February 20. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well.
You can visit his website: Quick Flix.
Reviews for this film from our members:
- [New – 9/26/14] | Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
- Excerpt: The elder filmmaker’s take on our world of separations and alienation.
- [New – 1/16/15] | Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films
- Excerpt: Godard, the old dog learning new tricks, may be wondering whether he will be accepted or rejected and signals in what I believe to be an almost total lack of ego that he really does what he does for us, not himself.
- [New – 9/25/14] | Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
- [New – 2/19/15] | Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
- [New – 11/28/14] | Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk
- Excerpt: Goodbye to Language is not enough of an incoherent stinker to make me bid adieu to Jean-Luc Godard, even if it does give me serious pause
Reviews for this film from our members:
- Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
- Excerpt: A crowd-pleasing documentary about the adventures of the Soviet national ice-hockey team.
- Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
- Excerpt: Polsky’s dynamic look at the recent history of Russian hockey and many of its greatest players is not only one of the great sports documentaries but a unique take on the Cold War.
- Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
- Excerpt: There are enough pieces of this story missing or detached from context that hockey here does start to become the kind of metaphor that the movie seems to want to avoid.
- [New – 2/26/15] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
- Excerpt: ‘Red Army’ – Tales Of The Cold War Played Out In A Hockey Rink
- [New – 2/26/15] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
- Excerpt: The documentary concerns a nearly unbeatable unit known as the “Russian Five” on the national team. But even more specifically it profiles one member, hockey captain Slava Fetisov.
- Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
- Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]