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DVD Reviews
May 15, 2018

Jasper Jones
Charlie Bucktin (Levi Miller) is perplexed when Jasper Jones (Aaron McGrath) knocks at his window in the middle of the night demanding his help. Although Jasper is a classmate and a local, Charlie and Jasper have never spoken to one another, and he is especially shocked when Jasper leads him to the body of Laura Wishart, the older daughter of the town councilor, hung from a tree. Jasper, who is both an Aboriginal and Laura's girlfriend, correctly assumes the police will look at him as the primary suspect. Jasper suspects the real killer is Mad Jack Lionel (Hugo Weaving), a local recluse who is rumored to have murdered a woman years ago. Charlie reluctantly agrees to help Jasper try and catch the killer, a promise that will leave him juggling the mystery, racist fallout from the ongoing Vietnam War trickling toward his best friend Jeffrey (Kevin Long) and his family, the affections of Laura's younger si...Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
May 11, 2018

Bad Lucky Goat
Siblings Corn (Honlenny Huffington) and Rita (Kiara Howard) are your average brother and sister -- constantly bickering, tormenting one another. Corn dreams of being a musician and getting away from the island and the hotel their parents run, while Rita chats with her friend about cute boys and mostly seems anxious to grow up so that her headstrong attitude gets more respect. While running an errand for their parents, Corn and Rita are thrown into a 24-hour adventure that will take them all over the island, into peril and out of it, when they accidentally run over a wayward goat with the family truck and need to figure out how to get it repaired. Bad Lucky Goat is a charming but somewhat simple adventure story, anchored by beautiful visuals and plenty of local flavor but showing hints of repetition even across its scant 76-minute running time. As the debut of writer/director Samir Oliveros,...Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
May 10, 2018

PAW Patrol: Summer Rescues
PAW Patrol continues to be Nick Jr.'s most popular show in recent years, packed with all the harmless action and cornball jokes that kids and most parents can't help but snicker at. Summer Rescues is the newest themed collection of PAW Patrol episodes on disc; it doesn't really change anything about the show's formula or characters but doesn't have to. Most episodes go like this: the six PAW Patrol canines (klutzy firefighter Marshall, aquatic expert Z...Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
May 04, 2018

Americans, The: Season 5

One of the things that you may like, or not, about the FX show The Americans is its deliberate nature on addressing what would normally being seismic dramatic events in its mythology. Consider that Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys, Burnt) and wife Elizabeth (Keri Russell, Waitress) have had to incorporate their increasingly curious daughter Paige (Holly Taylor) into the mix, something that could significantly change the dynamic of most every other show irrevocably for a show where all three characters are spying for the Russian government in the early and mid-1980s.

So what do Philip and Elizabeth do in Season 5 now that Paige has effectively forced their hand in Season Four? They continue to show her the psychological stress of the life, their life, th...Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
Apr 25, 2018

Eclipse Series 46: Ingrid Bergman's Swedish Years
Ingrid Bergman Swedish Years DVD Review
With this collection, audiences can explore someof her veryfirst performances, seeing works made in her home country of Sweden.The set startsout with smaller roles where she is a big supporting player beforedevelopinginto lead roles where it's clear she was becoming a leading star.  It isn't difficult to see why Bergman went onto carry entir...Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
Apr 24, 2018

Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie
Hey Arnold The Jungle Movie DVD Review
At Arnold's school, his teacher gives the classthe instructionto make an educational project to enter a competition to try and win afreetrip for the entire class to go visit San Lorenzo for a humanitarianclassproject. Arnold and his best pal Gerald decide to enter together andtheycreate a project which goes on to win the contest.

Helga continues to admire Arnold from afar, gazinglon...Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
Apr 24, 2018

In Search of Fellini
In Search of Fellini DVD Review
Lucy (Ksenia Solo) is a young, naive woman whostumbles upona film festival playing a series of Federico Fellini films. After shesees themagnificent La Strada for the first time she becomes completelyenthralled in the rich imagery and storytelling. Lucy falls in lovewith Fellini'sfilms. It's love at firs...Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
Apr 22, 2018

Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In: The Complete Third Season
Time-Life releases the seven discs comprising the 1969-1970 season of "Laugh-In" from the complete series set put out last summer separately here. I hadn't seen much of the show aside from a few brief clips and had always wanted to see more of it; I'd even contemplated springing for the big set myself but got a chance to review this individual volume. Unfortunately there's a serious flaw with the picture quality that now makes me glad I didn't buy the whole set, which I'll discuss in the details below, but first some words about the show itself:

"The Brady Bunch" has always been one of my favorite TV...Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
Apr 20, 2018

Archer Season 8 Dreamland

A new, art-deco wrinkle in the Archer storyline
Sealab 2021, most of the cast
creative change-ups

dream excuse plots

Airing on FX (and then FXX), Archer is an animated sitcom (of sorts) which follows Sterling Archer (H. Jon Benjamin), an international spy who works for his mother and is surrounded by similarly flawed teammates, though over the years the dynamic has morphed through a number of permutations. The show has aired for eight seasons to date, and has been picked up to run through 10 in total. Fox has put out the first seven seasons on a mix of Blu-rays and DVDs, and DVDTalk has Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
Apr 18, 2018

Signature Move
For several years, writer/director Jennifer Reeder has been making a name for herself in the independent filmmaking community. Since 2006, she's produced a string of acclaimed short films, as well as a somewhat mysterious 2008 feature-length debut called Accidents at Home and How They Happen that doesn't seem to be available anywhere (there is also one short on her IMDb from 1995, but nothing between then and 2006). Her wonderful 2015 short, Blood Below the Skin (which evokes a mixture of surreal comedy and raw emotion that recalls Miranda July's Me and You and Everyone We Know) scored a couple of big nominations: a Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, and an AFI Fest Grand Jury Prize. Now, she's back with a second feature-length effort, Signature Move, which seems to be the first project she's taken on she didn't write herself.Zaynab (Fawzia Mir...Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
Apr 17, 2018

Sweet Virginia




Sweet Virginia is a combination of Fargo and Out of the Furnace, a murky mix of morals with violence making up an even darker core. Its characters are quietly imploding, with bursts of loud rage and action that affect everyone around them, until no one is left untouched. Not an easy drama to watch or to weave, making the work by its amateur director all the more impressive. Dagg created a thriller two years ago that when mostly unwatched, this film being his only other attempt at a feature. But he succeeds where many other inexperienced filmmakers fail; pulling together pieces from other other p...Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
Apr 17, 2018

The Good Fight: Season One
Some explanation required here. My wife, Yukiyo, was a binge-watching fan of The Good Wife, the 2009-2016 legal-political drama series starring Julianna Margulies. On her days off from work her eyes would be glued to her laptop for hours, watching five or six episodes, one after the other. I only caught bits and pieces of that show, but when the spin-off The Good Fight (2017-present) fell into our unloved DVD screener pool I knew I had to review it, if only so that Yukiyo could see it. And yet, despite never having watched a single entire episode of The Good Wife I'm finding The Good Fight engrossing entertainment, and that minimal conferring with Yukiyo during the first episode was enough to satisfy my curiosity about The Good Wife's connections to its follow-up. However good The Good Wife is, The Good Fight stands on its own terms. Though relegat...Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
Apr 15, 2018

Roman J. Israel, Esq.


Law-related movies are a tough sit for me now, as I usually like to leave that stuff behind at the office when I come home. Roman J. Israel, Esq. is another film in which leading actor Denzel Washington's performance far surpasses the narrative. Washington plays the title character, a book-smart, unassuming attorney who works at a small firm in Los Angeles. He is the "behind-the-scenes guy," preparing all the briefs, motions and pleadings for his partner, William Jackson. When that man suddenly falls ill, Roman is courted by George Pierce (Colin Farrell), a slick partner at a big law firm that consulted with Jackson, to come work with him. Roman eventually does that, and several early, key decisions threaten to overtake his longstanding ideals and derail his career. The payoff here is disappointing, as is the long list of court-system inaccuracies, but Wash...Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
Apr 11, 2018

The Soultangler
Released in 1987, directed by Pat Bishow and shot entirely on location in his native Long Island, The Soultangler tells the sordid tale of one Dr. Anton Lupesky (Pierre Devaux), a surprisingly young and greasy mad scientist in the vein of Dr. Herbert West. Like his Lovecraftian counterpart, Lupesky has created a serum with special properties. It doesn't quite re-animate the dead, but rather it allows him to transfer his soul into another body. There's a problem though: two souls can't live inside the same body at the same time, so he can really only transfer his soul into a corpse.

As you'd guess, this makes things a little trickier for Lupseky, but thankfully for him he's got an assistant named Jessica (Louise Millmann) and a hammer-wielding smack addict named Carl (Bob Cederberg) around to help him out. Why does he need their help? Because the side effects of the d...Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
Apr 11, 2018

Porto




Anton Yelchin's death was less a tragedy and more a robbery; something was taken from us that we'll never get back. I don't mean to sound possessive over a person, nor do I want to diminish what his family went through personally, but I think for many of us that's how it felt, like someone had stolen something special that we hadn't even had a real chance to cherish yet. Yelchin was a tremendous young actor who was just stepping into his prime; we should have been able to enjoy him for years and years to come. Now that he's gone, what we get are his classic roles and his final performances, one of the most adult coming in the indie drama Porto, a r...Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
Apr 10, 2018

#artoffline
:Do you suppose that when the Cave People were painting images of mega-fauna on the walls they were wringing their hairy hands, wondering if there was anything new in the art world? It seems to be a perpetual problem with which artists wrestle. For the last 20 years or so, the ability to instantly replicate and share art on the Internet has added another wrinkle to the problem, one which #Artoffline intends to wrestle. Your enjoyment of the discussion depends on your ability to listen without prejudice to the artists and other arty thinkers, as well as your previous level of engagement with this particular topic. As a painter, I found myself alternately irritated and engaged by this documentary, one which may be getting to the subject a little late in the game, but which also presents plenty of legitimate food for thought. The central conceit is this question; is the Inte...Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
Apr 10, 2018

Don't Call Me Son
Pierre (Naomi Nero) has a comfortable life. It's not unusual or remarkable, but as a young teenager actively exploring both bisexuality (the film's opening sequence finds Pierre enjoying both being pursued by a man and pursuing a young woman) and gender identity (when hooking up with one of them, the camera pans down to reveal he's wearing panties and a garter belt), Pierre seems relaxed in his own skin, both at school and at home with his mother Aracy (Dani Nefussi) and younger sister Jacqueline (Lais Dias). Then, the police suddenly arrest Aracy, revealing to Pierre and Jacqueline that she stole both of them from delivery rooms as infants. Pierre finds himself unexpectedly alone, thrust into an unfamiliar environment, where his "new" parents, Gloria (Nefussi again), Matheus (Matheus Nachtergaele), and younger brother Joca (Daniel Botelho) all have expectations for the child who has been missing for 1...Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
Apr 08, 2018

Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In: The Complete Second Season



Last year, Time-Life released a complete series box set of the classic neo-vaudeville comedy series, Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In (DVD Talk has a review right here). Now, Time-Life is breaking down the big box into season sets; seasons 1 through 3 are currently available, with season four due in May. Up for discussion currently is the show's second season, which originally ran from September 16, 1968, to March 31, 1969.

Hosted by nightclub comics Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, Laugh-In is an unusual hybrid of old-style showbiz and (then-)modern sensibilities. Sort of a sketch show, sort of a variety show, Laugh-I...Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
Apr 06, 2018

Frank Serpico

By now Al Pacino's performance in Serpico is something that if you're not familiar with it, you're familiar with the Serpico name being dropped into a lot of pop culture in the decades since; a guy who wants to do his job and get rid of the bad guys in power who are abusing same. And if you aren't familiar with the film, it's based on the real-life story of Frank Serpico, whose life is reminisced in this documentary bearing his name.

Directed by Antonio D'Ambrosio, the film includes extensive interviews with Serpico and some of the figures during his era of dealing with corruption in the New York police force. Serpico expands this look into a biopic of sorts as he shares stories about growing up and working in New York when he was a child, including an fascinating story about how a cop stiffed him after a...Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
Apr 04, 2018

Aliens Ate My Homework
Rod Allbright (Jayden Craig) is a pretty average kid. He lives with his mom, Gwen (Kirsten Robek) and two siblings, Eric (Christian Convery) and Linda (Carmela Nossa Guizzo), who he gets along with -- although he really misses his MIA father, Art (Sandy Robson), who vanished three years ago without a trace. He's got one close friend, Mickey (Sean Quan), who likes to build inventions that are varying degrees of dangerous. At school, he doesn't seem to have a reputation, good or bad, although he is routinely tormented by the school bully, Billy Becker (Ty Consiglio), who likes to squish bugs into his victims' hair. None of these things seems likely to change...until a miniaturized alien spaceship carrying Colonel Grakker (Dan Payne), Madame Pong (Tristan Risk), Phillogenus esk Piemondum aka Phil (voice of William Shatner), and Tar Gibbons (Alex Zahara) crashes through his bedroom window. Based on the ...Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
Apr 04, 2018

The Jackie Gleason Show: In Color (Unreleased Episodes)
Apparently designed to tempt interested parties into buying Time-Life's bigger and more expensive boxed set, The Jackie Gleason Show in Color: Unreleased Episodes may have the opposite effect. Three of the four episodes featured are fairly mediocre, though Gleason is fun to watch. More significantly, the shows are all incomplete, each 50-minute episode hacked to around 42 minutes. Dishonestly, Time-Life makes no mention of this at all on the packaging. Why are they cut? Their 42-minute length suggests one reason, that they were edited for syndication purposes, or maybe Time-Life didn't want to pony-up to clear various music rights issues. What seems to be missing consists mainly or perhaps entirely segments featuring the June Taylor Dancers, presumably dance numbers set to popular songs of the day. However, other segments on the disc include performances by artists like Frankie Avalon and Flo...Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
Mar 31, 2018

Dealt

Obsession meets disability--guess which wins
magic, good documentaries
card tricks
feeling guilty for trying to help someone, narrative-light documentaries
the very idea of blindness

iIa a slick intro mixing card tricks with archival media appearances, and a look at one of Richard Turner's performances at Los Angeles' famed The Magic Castle, director Luke Koren quickly establishes his subject as a charismatic and remarkably talented card mechanic (Turner's preferred title), able to perform sleight of hand techniques with a deck of playing cards that would be...Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
Mar 28, 2018

Steven Universe: The Complete First Season
In the town of Beach City, life is pretty quiet, except for the adventures of Steven Universe (Zach Callison) and a band of warriors known as the Crystal Gems -- Garnet (Estelle), Amethyst (Michaela Dietz), and Pearl (Deedee Magno). With the support of Steven's concerned father Greg (Tom Scharpling), who keeps an eye out from his home/van, Steven goes on adventures with the Crystal Gems to help protect Earth from mysterious forces from out in the deeper reaches of the galaxy. Between missions, Steven also finds time to befriend a local girl, Connie (Grace Rolek), and get into all sorts of trouble with the various townsfolk, including his favorite donut shop employees Sadie (Kate Miccuci) and Lars (Matthew Moy), conspiracy theorist/fry cook Peedee Fryman (Zachary Steel), arcade proprietor Mr. Smiley (Sinbad), Mayor Dewey (Joel Hodgson), and the mysterious Onion.Created by Rebecca Sugar, former writer...Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
Mar 26, 2018

The Teacher




My brother-in-law is Czech, and grew up in Communist-era Prague during the 70s and 80s. I texted him while watching this fascinating film to get translations of street signs and propaganda, although the setting here is Bratislava, Slovakia, not the Czech Republic; close enough. He is always on the lookout for Czech or Slovak films, and this one really piqued his interest, as it focuses on a very specific time frame, one which he experienced first hand. But at the same time, this story is an example of the Communist ideal (and abuse thereof) worldwide, a snapshot of what it's like to live under the thumb of a regime that proposes to make...Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
Mar 23, 2018

PAW Patrol: Sea Patrol
PAW Patrol continues to be one of Nick Jr.'s most unstoppable franchises; the fifth season just premiered last month and merchandise is still selling like hotcakes. The most recent...*ahem*...wave of merchandise includes "Sea Patrol", in which our bold and fearless pups take to the water and...well, basically do the same thing as always, except now you have to buy more toys. The aptly-named Sea Patrol is the eleventh themed collection of PAW Patrol episo...Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
Mar 21, 2018

Dynasty: The Complete Series


The genesis of Dynasty begins not in Denver, Colorado, in January of 1981, but out in Dallas, Texas, in the spring of 1980. That's when primetime soap Dallas put a bullet in its dastardly lead character and "Who Shot J.R.?" fever took off not just in the United States, but all over the world. ABC wanted a piece of that audience, so the king of TV producers, Aaron Spelling, took on Richard and Esther Shapiro's idea of another oil-rich family with another morally vacant patriarch: Blake Carrington. Actor George Peppard was originally cast in the role, but bowed out - reportedly because he didn't want to play a bad guy every week on national TV. The part was re-cast, this time with John Forsythe who came into the character with a directive: he wasn't going to ...Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
Mar 20, 2018

Beyond The 7th Door
:Beyond The Seventh Door is an exploitation film without parallel. Off the top, there's the title, evoking several different movies. If you were stoned and looking for a good horror movie in Ye Olde Mon N' Pop video store, this title would ring several bells, without actually being any of those bells. Nowadays if you're stoned and looking for that 80s SOV horror masterpiece that served as the inspiration for the Saw series, this would not be it (but it's close). If you want the worst mildly weirdest, weirdly mildest, coke-fueled $2000 two-actor movie, you've come to the right place. Beyond The Seventh Door tells the tale of some freaky Patagonian version of Benicio Del Toro, an ex-con who's wrongly convinced that this hot 80s chick loves him and wants him to accompany her into an Angeleno castle where they'll find a million bucks for th...Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
Mar 20, 2018

Shopkins World Vacation
:This is my second excursion into the land of Shopkins. I might have come off a little harsh for the first go-around, (which you can read here) but this time, I'm older and wiser. Though I still have a hard time with the metaphysical aspect of a line of toys about shopping, that primes young girls to shop by making them shop, shop, shop, (or something) I was charmed by this feature-length adventure.Shopkins are animate consumer products, from a bunch of bananas, to a lipstick, to a crown. (Which isn't really a consumer product, but what can you do?) The Shopkins have human friends, sassy girls known as Shoppies. The group has wild adventures, originally told in a short-form web-series format. Now they're going world-wide in this movie th...Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
Mar 20, 2018

Steve McQueen: American Icon

In trivia of the personally strange, I tend to gravitate to documentaries on Steve McQueen, as I've watched the one where McQueen labored over years to get his Le Mans film made, and I've also seen the one that examines why McQueen was so charismatic and his life with remembrances by his son Chad. I didn't know what to expect from Steve McQueen: American Icon, but it wasn't without intrigue.There was a point late in McQueen's life that he had discovered spirituality and faith and his love of Jesus Christ. Yes, THAT Steve McQueen! And American Icon spends some exploratory time diving into that period in his life, but this is spent near the end of the 80-minute film, after the film has hit touchstones...Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
Mar 19, 2018

Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton

Even for those unaware of the sport of surfing, Laird Hamilton has achieved a modest level of crossover success. Sure, he's appeared in surfing films like Riding Giants, Step Into Liquid and the sequel to Bruce Brown's Endless Summer film. But he's also appeared in fictional work too, notably in films like the Point Break remake and even had a brief appearance in Alexander Payne's The Descendants. And now as he continues the second half of his life a documentary about Hamilton titled Take Every Wave appears on the horizon.Directed by Rory Kennedy (Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
Mar 19, 2018

True Love Ways




True Love Ways (which is a title that doesn't really make any sense in English, I wonder what its native translation actually means) is a film that seems to have picked far too many specific niches to possibly be a movie that more than a very small number of audience members could really enjoy. German, noir, horror, black&white, bloody, trippy, sexual, snuff; there is almost too much to see, more than anyone can focus on without getting dizzy, despite the slow pace and the relatively simple story. If the director had only chosen a narrower lane, he might have made his movie more accessible for a larger group. As is, Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
Mar 18, 2018

Woody Woodpecker
The Film:While I wouldn't classify myself as a Woody Woodpecker fan, exactly, the character was ingrained into my childhood in several different ways that made the prospect of checking out a live-action movie somewhat appealing. On top of seeing many of the cartoons and learning how to belt out the bird's signature psychotic laugh, Woody's wild locks and facial expressions made up one of the first cartoon characters -- more so than Mickey or Bugs -- that I learned to draw while developing the hobby of my youth. So when the high-pitched giggling and spiky red-feathered appearance zoomed onto the screen for the trailer, a bit of nostalgic excitement shot through me which quickly disappeared when viewing the liv...Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
Mar 17, 2018

Eclipse Series 45: Claude Autant-Lara - Four Romantic Escapes from Occupied France



The four films in Criterion's most recent Eclipse set, Claude Autant-Lara: Four Romantic Escapes from Occupied France, are interesting for two historical reasons*. The first reason is right there in the title of the set: these films were made (or in the case of the last entry, conceived) during the Nazi occupation of France during World War II. Only escapist films that didn't comment upon the war were permitted to be made, which proved to be a balm to shell-shocked French audiences anyway. The second cause for notability is that director Claude Autant-Lara's handsomely mounted productions are exactly t...Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
Mar 15, 2018

The Marcel Perez Collection: Vol. 2


One of my absolute favorite compilations of silent film shorts isUndercrank Productions disc TheMarcel Perez Collection. An amazing and totally forgottensilent clown, Perez made hilarious films that were also creative andtechnically innovative. The only down-side was that the 10 shorts onthat disc were all of the films of Marcel Perez that were availableat the time. Luckily, more have turned up so Undercrack has releaseda second volume, appropriately titled The Marcel PerezCollection Volume 2, filled with eight more offerings fromthis silent clown. Just as fun and entertaining as the first volume,this is a disc you'll want to add to your collection.

Perez started out in Europe but immigrated to the US at the outbreakof World War I. This collection starts off with one film from hisEuro...Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
Mar 14, 2018

My Art
Ellie Shine (Laurie Simmons) is an artist, and she's ready to dive into her next big piece. She's just visited a former student (Lena Dunham) at an art gallery where the student's work is being exhibited, wrapped another semester of teaching, and has lined up a nice location, in the form of a summer house owned by a friend who has offered to let Ellie stay there for the summer. Ellie knows that she wants to work with film on her next project, meaning both filming with a Bolex camera and tapping into the visuals from old movies that she loves so much, but she only discovers upon arriving that the journey will involve some locals, including local actors/landscapers Frank (Robert Clohessy) and Tom (Josh Safdie), as well as John (John Rothman), the laywer relative of one of her students. My Art is a gorgeous movie, not just starring but also written and directed by visual artist Laurie Simmons....Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
Mar 12, 2018

Bugs (2016)
Andreas Johnsen's Bugs (2016) is very straightforward with its message: the world will eventually need a lot more food to support its ever-growing human population, so why not munch on a few insects? This globe-hopping documentary follows Ben Reade, Josh Evans, and Roberto Flore of Denmark's Nordic Food Lab on their tireless journey to investigate, hunt, and prepare all sorts of insects from six continents with the assistance of local experts -- and, of course, to persuade anyone whose initial response to "How about a steaming bowl of fried cricke...Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
Feb 24, 2018

Ray Donovan: The Fifth Season


Ray Donovan is one of those shows that has always been good, but has never quite been good enough to be mentioned alongside the best shows on television. All that changes with Season Five, in which the showrunners make a bold decision to off one of the lead characters - resulting in the kind of drama and emotional impact that most TV series only dream about having.

The character who says goodbye isn't a spoiler, as it's revealed in the Season Five premiere: it's Abby Donovan (Paula Malcomson), the wife of Ray (Liev Schreiber), who had a breast cancer scare in Season Four, although that's not what kills her. Season Five begins in the aftermath of her passing, and one of the big mysterie...Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
Feb 24, 2018

Roaring Abyss
:For those wondering, the roaring abyss isn't a negative thing or a weird name, as some reviews have mentioned. I'd reckon it's a call-out to the Kingdom of Abyssinia, now known as Ethiopia, and that roaring you hear is all the powerful music coming from the African nation. Though it may be hard to draw a bead on what type of movie Roaring Abyss is exactly, it's a fantastic piece of art, and for fans of world music.Director Quino Pinero collects numerous field recordings from throughout Ethiopia, weaving them with day-to-day footage to create a tone-poem of hypnotic and at times rapturous beauty. Yet somehow, calling this a tone poem seems a disservice, possibly relegating Roaring Abyss to the realms of art-house cinema, when it should be seen more widely than that, and screened by anyone seriously interested in music, Ethiopian culture,...Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
Feb 22, 2018

Camelot




In 1960, Lerner & Loewe's Camelot opened on Broadway and ran for 873 performances. Based on the classic T.H. White novel The Once and Future King, this bold musical would go on to have a U.S. tour and appear on stage in London, but it wasn't done just yet. In 1967, there was a film version adapted for the screen starring Richard Harris and Vanessa Redgrave, which revitalized the show and led to a revival of the stage version in 1980. In 1982, a live performance was captured on tape at the Winter Garden Theater in Manhattan, which is how we come to this DVD and a rare opportunity to revisit this lovely musical.






DVD Reviews
Feb 20, 2018

The Square




I have never seen a film quite like The Square, and perhaps that feeling is bolstered by how little I was prepared for it. I knew it was a talked-about foreign film, I heard Elizabeth Moss's name, and I saw that it was 140 minutes long, and so I guess I made a bunch of assumptions that held me back from making it a priority on my list. But what I didn't know turned out to be so much more important. I didn't know that this was Ostlund's next feature after the excellent Force Majeure, I didn't know that Moss and every other actor were merely supporting, and I didn't know that the story would be...Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
Feb 16, 2018

Shock Wave



The Hong Kong bomb squad flick Shock Wave is a nearly nonstop barrage of setpieces. Car chases, wild shootouts, and, of course, explosions abound. Sometimes these elements appear in separate scenes, but often they arrive clumped together. Writer-director Herman Yau, whose career runs the gamut from the grossout horror of Ebola Syndrome to the mainstream martial arts of The Legend Is Born: Ip Man, is clearly a restless soul. This restlessness benefits this film greatly, as Yau is constantly adding new wrinkles to his narrative that make what might...Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
Feb 15, 2018

Thank You for Playing
Ryan and Amy Green, sweethearts since they were in their teens, are now married and have a big family. Their third son, Joel, however, has been diagnosed with a terminal brain cancer. Ryan, a video game designer, begins pouring his energy into developing a video game, called That Dragon, Cancer, which serves as a heightened, stylized, but deeply autobiographical account of the entire family's journey dealing with Joel's illness. Along the way, directors David Osit and Malika Zouhali-Warrall chronicle the ups and downs of the experience, as yet a further document of Joel's tragically brief life. Thank You For Playing is a wildly uneven documentary about a deeply sympathetic story. Looking at the film (and the game) simply as a vehicle to illustrate the ways the Greens cope with Joel's illness, this is a moving and uniquely tragic story about the ways humans use art to communicate. A...Read the entire review





DVD Reviews
Feb 14, 2018

The Outlaw
The second and final film to be directed by quirky business tycoon Howard Hughes, 1943's The Outlaw tells the story of notorious outlaw duo Billy the Kid (Jack Buetel in his first feature film appearance) and Doc Holliday (Walter Huston). When the film opens they meet and become fast friends, only for Billy to wind up shot and just barely escape capture from the law men out to put him away behind bars. Shortly after this occurs, it's decided that the two of them will law low at Doc's ranch for a little while. Here Billy, quite understandably, becomes infatuated with Holliday's comely mistress, Rio McDonald (Jane Russell in her big screen debut), and while he hardly treats her like a gentleman, it's clear that the attraction is mutual.

While the sexual tension mounts between those three, Sheriff Pat Garrett (Thomas Mitchell) Stagecoach) and his well-armed posse of tri...Read the entire review





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