Latest DVD Reviews
Oliver Twist (2005)
With intelligence and style (inspired by the art of Gustave Doré and Francisco Solé), Polanski makes a rewarding contribution to Dickens' legacy on screen.
La Bête humaine (1938)
[Renoir's] expertise behind the camera--and his driving curiosity for human constructs and human nature...elevate
La bete humaine
to an unforgettable filmic experience.
Sincere performances--under the director's sympathetic eye--allow humanity to overshadow the machinery of plot.
In the callused hands of director David Mackenzie...the rigorously tough-minded
lives up to its potential as a modern masterpiece of psychological terror.
Hustle & Flow (2005)
Howard's work as Djay is sort of dazzling, but his character's unrelentingly selfish behavior makes audience identification an uphill battle.
The Five Pennies (1959)
A bit of a sprightly-tragic mess, but if one doesn't try to sum up its parts, it's plenty entertaining in a nostalgic, old-movie way.
So good-natured and well-intentioned (showcasing as it does up-and-coming Latino bands) that it's tempting to overlook its significant narrative flaws.
Cartoon Adventures Starring Gerald McBoing Boing (DVD Compilation) (1950)
Rhyming narration and highly-stylized disproportionate designs distinguished the theatrical cartoon[s]....colorful
Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru (The Bad Sleep Well) (1960)
A startlingly relevant 'social problem film' (
)--of its time and our own--and an existential melodrama by way of
Après vous... (2005)
Pierre Salvadori's consistently engaging
begins with an interesting situation and complicates it into delightfully excruciating farce.
The Short Films of David Lynch (DVD Compilation) (2002)
From whence comes a filmmaker as original and strange as David Lynch?
Unprecedented nonsense that--fashions aside--will remain timeless comedy cinema. [new DVD review]
DumbLand (WWW) (2004)
"Dumbland is a crude, stupid, violent, and absurd series. If it is funny, it is funny because we see the absurdity of it all." —David Lynch What happens when a world-class film director thro...
The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944)
Stands out for its sheer audacity of subject matter and its sustained emotional-roller-coaster effect: it's quite possibly the most high-strung movie ever made.
The Red Tent (1971)
An unusual and rich blend of epic film and memory play.
The Glass Shield (1995)
The film's ambition makes Burnett's occasional overstatement easy to forgive.
The Escape Artist (1982)
Offers plenty to appeal to children and adults, and the clever ending delivers one more treat to pay off the story's tricks.
Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt (TV) (2003)
Fans of the series will be hooked, if not thoroughly delighted, and others may prove unable to resist the train-wreck spectacle...unabashedly cheesy but 100% mesmerizing.
creature comforts—The Complete First Season (TV) (2003)
"The Great British Public" says the darndest things....
tickles most effectively in its small doses, but its cleverness and craft are undeniable.
No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005)
Fans will be positively enthralled at the well-preserved nuggets, and neophytes will understand the fuss over the musician and the man.
Taxi—The Complete Third Season (TV) (1980)
Sometimes resembled a weekly Neil Simon play...but James Brooks' celebrated brilliance with emotional storylines also justified experiments in the absurd and satirical.
Frasier—The Complete Sixth Season (TV) (1998)
was a series that enjoyed dabbling in farce, and the sixth season includes some relatively simple farcical gestures...as well as full-blown efforts.
Cheers—The Complete Seventh Season (TV) (1988)
A typical season of
, which is to say 'excellent.'
Enterprise: The Complete Third Season (TV) (2003)
Occasionally hit the heights of
feature-film action, and often used the plot to ask the moral questions that have been
Enterprise: The Complete Second Season (TV) (2002)
Repetition is what sent longtime
fans packing...[but the] season does muster a number of good episodes...while maintaining its high quality of production value.
Enterprise: The Complete First Season (TV) (2001)
Many Season One stories flounder through familiar-feeling alien-encounter and spatial-phenomena plots, but just as many episodes stand out for their creative energy.
The Beautiful Country (2005)
If Moland is a bit more interested in romantic melodrama than anthropology, the plight of the refugee still makes the intended emotional impact.
Cirque du Soleil: Anniversary Collection—1984-2005 (DVD Box Set) (2005)
A bargain for lovers of splashy, outre entertainment.
Coach Carter (2005)
A rather exceptionally counter-cultural "teen movie"...raises authentic youth concerns and answers them with convincing integrity.
Saint Ralph (2005)
Light lessons about pain, endurance, and commitment...Likeable to a point, but in the end,
winds up incredible, manipulative, and strictly for the choir.
Bad News Bears (2005)
Profanity does not a creatively satisfying comedy make....slim characterization and an overfamiliar premise...[relegate]
to lazy, hazy, summer-daze mediocrity.
Rapturous cinema of the senses...proves once again that nobody does swoony romantic longing, and heartache, like Wong Kar-Wai.
Save the Tiger (1973)
Lemmon turns in showy, theatrical work that's appropriate to the not-terribly subtle film around him, but the whole enterprise is one that's best avoided...
Mysterious Skin (2005)
Araki embraces the mysteries of human sexuality with a refreshing lack of hysteria and a brace of empathy.
Diverting and well-acted...There are eight million stories in the naked city, and
is five of them.
Like the rest of Johnston's oeuvre, Jumanji puts vivid characters through paces that will quicken any child's pulse.
Mad Hot Ballroom (2005)
Though Agrelo blunts the competitive drama by visually excluding the opposition, the kids' talent and infectious spirit carries the day for
Mad Hot Ballroom
Bad Timing (1980)
Exemplifies the rich, acquired taste of the Roeg film.
Lady in White (1988)
Far from perfect, but what it lacks in finesse, it makes up in shaggy-dog charm....the fun is in the journey.
Few filmmakers could be consciously redolent of Moliere, Dylan Thomas, and James Joyce and pull it off, but apparently writer-director Sally Potter is first in that class.
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