Latest Home Video Reviews
An allegory of what's wrong with our country...Mamet has spent the last decade layering popular entertainments with subversive ideas about social politics.
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Preserves a time when one could not only get away with making an allegory with an existential hero, but stock it with an ensemble from the Actors Studio.
The Perfect Storm (2000)
An expertly crafted Hollywod entertainment...[constructed] as a series of grippingly fateful 'moments of truth.'
End of Days (1999)
The plot is such hooey...and the plot holes so gaping that
End of Days
proves more exasperating than enjoyable.
[Both] a rousing action thriller...[and] near-parody of the rah-rah American military adventures that filled screens in the '40s and '50s.
A convincing blend of Shakespearean tragedy and
paints the thirty-seventh President of the United States as a uniquely American tragic hero...
Justice League: Season One (2001)
A surprisingly consistent level of quality and creative energy...put the loveably corny
in its place.
House, M.D.: Season Four (2007)
The risk paid off: not only does the show still work, but it's more spontaneous than it's been since the series debuted.
Street Kings (2008)
Competent but fatally lacking in the element of surprise.
Camp Rock (TV) (2008)
[A] derisive discussion of 'stupid cookie-cutter pop star stuff' is more than a little ironic in this Radio Disney petri dish, but at least the Jonas Brothers are a class act.
Brand Upon the Brain! (2007)
Captures an artist in love with his art, but not so preciously that he forgets to share the love.
He knows he's the hundredth director to rip off
: he's just going to do it better, and with jokes fit for a vintage Warner Brothers cartoon.
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles—The Complete First Season (2008)
The series has a solid cast, stylish production values and, under its belt, a season that demonstrates great potential.
South Park—The Complete Eleventh Season (TV) (2007)
Season Eleven had a crappy front seven and a strong back seven, though the season is defined by the heavily promoted three-parter "Imaginationland"...
Starship Troopers 3: Marauder (DTV) (2008)
Demonstrates Neumeier's ambition, but this budget-constrained rush job winds up not much more politically biting than a
XXX: State of the Union (2005)
So full of self-aware speechifying, howlingly bad verbal pissing contests, and audacious bulls**t plotting that it almost flies as a parody of itself. Almost.
A worthy cinematic adaptation, with interesting and provocative mythic ideas of its own, and suprisingly lyrical images to match.
Top Gun (1986)
A movie for adolescents, and adults who willfully decide not to know better for a couple of hours.
Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
Explores the rapture and torture of desire, and the tension between harsh reality and escapist fantasy.
Starship Troopers (1997)
Insanely subversive...functions as a visually dazzling science-fiction action picture, a philosophical challenge, and a hilarious, incisive comedy.
Patriot Games (1992)
Ford gives one of his most commanding performances outside of a Lucas production, establishing an action formula Ford would repeat...
The Hunt for Red October (1990)
As for the film's suspense credentials, you know it's time to get tense when James Earl Jones intones, '
Mother of God
The Sum of All Fears (2002)
Though this political adventure requires substantial suspension of disbelief, the witty script and mature approach keep the film on track.
Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay (2008)
A latter-day Abbott and Costello flick, where the monster they encounter isn't Frankenstein, but the Bush Administration.
Nim's Island (2008)
Overplayed: there are entirely too many beaming smiles and emotional flip-outs...the only reason to see this movie is Foster, whose overplaying somehow succeeds at charming where her costars fail.
Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle (2004)
'This night is about the American dream,' Kumar promises. And you know what? It sort of is.
Lonesome Dove (TV) (1989)
Remains the gold standard for the TV miniseries format...stands among the best Western films ever made.
Dark City (Director's Cut) (1998)
Proyas assembles his inspirations into a unique amalgam with the power of myth to tap the fears and desires of our collective unconscious.
The Scorpion King (2002)
A ridiculous though not entirely unpleasant way to while away ninety-two minutes.
The Mummy Returns (2001)
The film's bloated ambition seems of a piece with its panting, happy-dog charm.
The Mummy (1999)
An unpretentious pulp adventure...
The Lost Boys (1987)
With its cool cast and classic kiss-off ending,
The Lost Boys
will forever be a cultural touchstone of '80s cinema.
Shine a Light (2008)
Whatever your taste, you'll have to agree:
Shine a Light
is music and cinema writ large.
The Deal (TV) (2003)
A bold and convincing effort to dramatize contemporary political history.
The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
An exploitation picture given the 'A' treatment... Putting aside the nagging liberties taken with Anneliese Michel's experiences...[it's] a good scary movie.
Take it from this loss prevention specialist: don't play
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
A reasonably well-made low-end pic that serves as a cautionary tale for callow teens.
Urban Legend (1998)
Watchable...[but] a time-waster, with an insulting ending that unfortunately takes it down a few pegs.
The Ruins (2008)
Competent but somewhat slack, modest (and modestly budgeted) shocker that doesn't work quite hard enough to justify its plot mechanics.
Step Up 2 The Streets (2008)
Despite the bogus conflict...
Step Up 2 The Streets
is amiable enough...
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