Tag Archives: DVD Reviews

DVD Review: Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Jiro Dreams of Sushi poster

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a subtle meditation on art and the price it exacts from those who would seek its peaks, in the fascinating context of the sushi world.

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A Dark Moment For Louis Malle: Black Moon on DVD

Black Moon

A Fellini moment was due for a journeyman director like Louis Malle.

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DVD Review: The Exterminator

The Exterminator DVD

One of the first exploitation films to be shown endlessly during the early days of cable, 1980’s The Exterminator is also one of the more grim entries in the genre. Gory, jaded and ambivalent on the merits of the vigilante, it anticipated Bernard Goetz by a few years.

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DVD Review: Adua and Her Friends (Adua e le Compagne)

Adua e le compagne dvd

Antonio Pietrangeli’s 1960 film Adua and her Friends (Adua e le Compagne) explores the end of an era and points to future cultural upheaval.

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DVD REVIEW: Some Old Truths: True Grit and The Fighter

True Grit

Many recent films have brought historical verity to narratives clouded in myth.

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DVD REVIEW: The Lark Farm

The Lark Farm

Credit should be given for putting a long overdue spotlight on this atrocious chapter of 20th century history.

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DVD Review: Alice in Wonderland (1966)

Alice in Wonderland

The most significant aspect here is reinventing Wonderland as a warped parallel universe to Victorian England

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DVD Review: The Best of Match Game

Match Game

For those who survived the 1970s intact, or for those who weren’t around and have no clue why any mention of that decade still raises smirks, this DVD is a godsend.

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DVD Review: Che – Criterion Collection

Che

Benicio Del Toro is astoundingly at ease in Guevara’s skin. During the black and white sequences, it practically feels like a documentary.

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DVD Review: District 9

District 9 DVD cover

“District 9” may not quite live up to what I was hoping to get out of it, but it’s a solid effort that’s admirable for its willingness to take the risks it does.

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DVD Review: An Englishman in New York

Englishman in New York

Quality roles for John Hurt must be at a severe minimum if the greatly underutilized actor needs to revisit his 1975 triumph as gay icon Quentin Crisp in “The Naked Civil Servant.”

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DVD Review: Into the Storm

Originally broadcast on HBO, Thaddeus O’Sullivan’s re-imagining of the rise and fall of Winston Churchill’s wartime government is fueled by Brendan Gleeson’s wonderfully irascible interpretation of the celebrated leader.

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DVD Review: When Medicine Got It Wrong

When Medicine Got It Wrong

Katie Cadigan and Laura Murray’s compelling documentary traces how a group of concerned parents created a grassroots program that changed how the medical profession and the wider society viewed schizophrenia.

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DVD Review: In The Realms of the Unreal: The Mystery of Henry Darger (2004; Fox Lorber)

Henry Darger has become a celebrity of sorts within the last decade or so, providing dealers and collectors with another cash cow in the Outsider Art genre.

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DVD Review: Points on a Space Age (MVD video)

Points on a Space Age

Maybe the old bit about a prophet not being accepted in his own land could have been upended if the prophets had had decent musical chops.

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