Latest DVD Reviews
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)
An enjoyable PG-rated family adventure in its own right, but Columbus' film can't live up to the Potter gold standard, and it strays enough from Riordan's source material to make its tween readership blow a gasket every few minutes.
The White Ribbon (2009)
Haneke's noodlings on the nature of evil...reach a sort of culmination in
The White Ribbon
, 2009 Palme d'Or winner at the Cannes Film Festival.
Hung: The Complete First Season (2009)
The timing is right for HBO's half-hour dramedy
...a darkly tinged recessionary comedy of (self-)destruction and erection.
A dumber version of the
franchise, but this initial picture works anyway, as an atmospheric exercise in pure, primal action with a science-fiction-y twist.
Flash Gordon (1980)
A campy cult classic remembered for its over-the-top acting, design, and music by Queen.
Green Zone (2010)
Serves up soldiers, spies, politicians, reporters, and Iraqi civilians who speak almost entirely in clichés.
The wild pulp adventure that prefigured Raimi's eventual direction of the
franchise...If you've a taste for Hollywood-funded outré,
is one of those rare films that fits the bill.
Supernatural: The Complete First Season (2005)
Urban legends and archetypal mythology go out for a horror spin...Though the series' mythology is distinctly dark, there's also plenty of fun to be had...
When in Rome (2010)
Can I interest you in a nice nap?
Everlasting Moments (2009)
'You see what you want to see'...either a quietly affecting, top-drawer drama or a Hallmark Hall of Fame TV-movie dressed up in Euro-indie clothing.
The Illusionist (2006)
Burger winningly combines relatively rare elements--a turn-of-the-century setting, an assured star turn by Edward Norton, and a deft Philip Glass score--to pull off a tricked-out romantic thriller.
Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) (2010)
The very concept of turning
Life of Brian
, itself a filmic spoof of Biblical epics, into a spoof of Handel's
is funny, and the name—riffing on one of
Life of Brian
's most famous lines—is genius.
Despite being ungainly,
is the kind of comedy you can pan for gold in...
The Rookie (1990)
The one in which Clint Eastwood gets raped...
Kelly's Heroes (1970)
A strange but mostly satisfying hybrid of WWII actioner and anti-war satire...
Where Eagles Dare (1968)
A straight-ahead, old-school action movie for war-espionage junkies.
Shutter Island (2010)
Multiplex entertainment this distinctive and provocative doesn’t come along every day: it’s a head trip well worth taking.
Lady Vengeance (2006)
Delivers more than the filmmaker ever has before...richer themes and more skillful audience involvement.
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2005)
Park pays most of his attention to visceral style, but he sketches in enough about his characters to make them frighteningly relatable.
The Edge (1997)
Mamet has always been concerned with primal masculinity...The test of these men is twofold: can they survive the wilderness, and can they survive each other?
Hamlet (TV) (2009)
Tennant's restless Hamlet is never boring, and it's not irredeemably a stage performance on camera: at times—like the ever-intimidating 'To be or not to be speech'—Tennant curls up into fetal intimacy...
The Basketball Diaries (1995)
It was impossible in
The Basketball Diaries
not to take notice of DiCaprio's seemingly undauntable talent, as he channeled the tortures of the drug-addicted damned.
Dear John (2010)
Like a couple of hours of channel-surfing among the Travel Channel, the History Channel and Discovery Health.
Valentine's Day (2010)
Now, don't get me wrong.
is bad. But it's difficult to
a Garry Marshall movie.
Despite hewing fairly closely to the facts, has trouble seeming truthful. Practically everyone behaves like an allegorical symbol rather than a person, a problem the script anticipates and acknowledges but only feebly attempts to solve.
By Brakhage: An Anthology—Volumes One and Two (2010)
Nearly all of Brakhage's films convey an astonishing blend of abstraction and representation, a hypnotic flow of pure cinema, an orgasmic discovery of the possibilities of the camera and editing technique, a hungry sensuality.
Leave It to Beaver: Season Three (1959)
Will eternally be the iconic televisual picture of '50s Americana...Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver was the original adorable sitcom kid...
Curiously and effectively weds the unlikely adventure of a thriller to the plodding realism of daily life...
Presumed Innocent (1990)
As moody mysteries go, the courtroom drama
is among the moodiest.
Analyze This (1999)
Thanks to three very strong writers...and the willpower of its leads,
turns out to be an amusing piffle.
The Neverending Story (1984)
It's very hard not to give in to
The Neverending Story
's heart-in-the-right-place charms amidst an increasingly anti-literate society.
True Blood: The Complete Second Season (2010)
A truly unique entity in the TV landscape (I know, it's not TV; it's HBO)...fantasy, science fiction horror, Gothic romance, mystery, action, and soap opera.
Vivre sa vie (1963)
A fine example of Godard's experimental affronts to cinematic conventions, his exploration of the human condition, and his concern for social issues.
Analyze That (2002)
More than any other Robert De Niro film, invites the speculation that the once-revered actor has become the gimmicky comic screenwriter's whipping boy.
The Karate Kid Part II (1986)
There's a TV-movie quality to
The Karate Kid Part II
, which too often plays like "a very special episode"...
The Karate Kid (1984)
The Karate Kid
brought something fresh to the table and proved exceptionally skilled at reaching its adolescent audience.
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
More tiresome than entertaining, especially with mind-numbing CGI exhaustion setting in early.
Shrek Forever After (2010)
Shrek Forever After
from utter mediocrity isn’t its high-priced superstar voice talent but veteran animator Dohrn, who steals the show by making Rumplestilskin the best oily runt since Danny DeVito last dispatched a taxi.
magazine pictorial-style imagery and excessive use of slo-mo are far more annoying than they are easy on the eyes, and the hyperactive editing is unbearable.
Sports pretty much everything one would want in a Western, and though it's not always eminently artful, it is rarely anything less than entertaining.
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