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: Adua and Her Friends (Adua e le Compagne)

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: 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: 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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DVD Review: Kiss Napoleon Goodbye

Kiss Napoleon Goodbye

This 1990 film borrows much from the NYC underground of the ’80s, but holds back from delivering more than cut-out characters expressing tentative emotions.

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DVD Review: Harry Langdon in Three’s a Crowd and The Chaser

Harry Langdon Three's a Crowd and Chaser

Harry Langdon will be forever stuck in fourth place in the canon of silent film comics, always trailing Chaplin, Keaton, and Lloyd. Still, he endures.

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DVD Review: Sideshow Still Alive

Sideshow Still Alive takes two paths to what it hopes is the same story.

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DVD Review: Frontrunner: The Afghan Woman who Surprised the World

Frontrunner illustrates how a force of people are trying to change long-established cultural norms by altering social practices, and such changes begin with the freedom to act on one’s personal beliefs.

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Back to the Beginning: Louis Malle’s Elevator to the Gallows

Criterion Collection presents journeyman director Louis Malle’s debut, a French exercise in noir.

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