Latest Home Video Reviews
The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2006)
in its depiction of damaged souls whose only refuge is art.
L'Enfant (The Child) (2006)
Plain-good storytelling: rigorous acting, handheld urgency, and editing prowess render the whiff of manipulation moot.
Sketches of Frank Gehry (2006)
There's a casual informality to Pollack's documentary technique....results are semi-revealing.
Don't Come Knocking (2006)
In the film's best scene, Roth interrogates Lange about potatoes. Unfortunately such moments are rare.
Sedotta e abbandonata (Seduced and Abandoned) (1964)
A buffoonish but bitter social satire that runs to classical depths,
Seduced and Abandoned
takes no prisoners for society's misogynistic crimes in the name of familial honor.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
In his laughing-outlaw way, Hooper pointed a new direction for horror cinema. [2-Disc Ultimate Edition Reviewed]
Miami Vice (2006)
A painfully protracted muddle of dull deals and somnambulent standoffs.
Koko, le gorille qui parle (Koko: A Talking Gorilla) (1978)
Sprinkled comments provide enough intellectual provocation to begin debate, but the main course is Koko's wide-ranging behavior.
Columbo: The Complete Fifth Season (1975)
's fifth season, the character was firmly established....every detail contributed delicious eccentricity to a character as unpredictable to criminals as the proverbial curious cat.
Monk: Season Four (2005)
The writers deserve credit for continuing to whip up entertaining iterations on the
Breakfast on Pluto (2005)
"Oh, serious, serious, serious!" —Patrick "Kitten" Braden Breakfast on Pluto, the picaresque tale of one Patrick "Kitten" Braden, is a larkish ode to fabulousness in the face of solemnity. In...
Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2006)
May prove to be the feel-good movie of the year...the only problem is that we can't enjoy the live performances in their entirety.
Why We Fight (2006)
Eugene Jarecki's Why We Fight ironically reclaims the title of Frank Capra's WWII propaganda shorts. According to Jarecki, we fight in primal but wrongheadedly wanton retaliation, and we fight out of...
Haneke's exploration of willful ignorance, guilt, and history takes hold, and doesn't quite let go when the lights come up.
The Passenger (a.k.a. Professione: reporter) (1975)
As usual, Antonioni's pace is langorous, but
is never less than compelling.
Frasier—The Complete Seventh Season (1993)
Miraculously fresh after seven seasons on the air,
continued to spin complicated farcical situations and....expertly brought the Daphne-Niles relationship to a boil.
Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist: Season One (TV) (1995)
Arguably, the more satisfying elements of the series were its miniaturized sitcom elements, which in their way did
The Bob Newhart Show
one better in their low-key, true-to-life ramblings.
Sgt. Bilko—The Phil Silvers Show—50th Anniversary Edition [DVD Box Set] (1955)
Served up a solid-gold sitcom character in Silvers' conniving Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko.
I Love Lucy—The Complete Sixth Season [DVD Box Set] (1956)
The alpha sitcom of the fifties and forever more,
I Love Lucy
went out, without ceremony, at the top of the ratings heap.
National Treasure (2004)
It's bad news when a Bruckheimer movie makes one downright nostalgic for
Banshun (Late Spring) (1949)
exemplifies Ozu's rich, mature style, an apparent stylelessness of patient, lifelike rhythms, unobtrusive camerawork, and credibly subtle performances.
Wenders bops around Tokyo with the assurance of a skilled filmmaker, and emerges with an understated but certainly curious sociological postcard of '80s Tokyo.
The Andy Griffith Show—The Complete Sixth Season [DVD Box Set] (1965)
The sixth season proved there was still life in the now-classic sitcom...[and] Knotts shows up in an Emmy-winning return appearance.
The White Countess (2005)
[The] soft-glowing facade always seems more real to Ivory than harsh reality...represent[s] our own attempts to stave off reality with the romantic projections of cinema.
Snoopy, Come Home (1972)
Charlie Brown: "I have a philosophy that tells me no matter how bad things get, they will always turn out good in the end." Lucy Van Pelt: "That's not a philosophy—that's stupidity." The born...
A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969)
The appeal of Schultz's pop philosophy hasn't faded in forty years: this kind of sincerity can't be faked.
Lacombe Lucien (1974)
The collaborationist anti-hero finds Malle instantly broaching a cultural taboo, compounded when the traitorous young man forces himself into a sexual relationship with a not-entirely unyielding girl named
Le Souffle au coeur (Murmur of the Heart) (1971)
In all their messiness, here are love, sex, society, and family, met with cleansing laughter.
South Park—The Complete Seventh Season (TV) (2003)
As Parker and Stone see it, you can't laugh without first dropping your jaw.
De Zaak Alzheimer (a.k.a. Memory of a Killer) (2005)
The sympathy toward the obvious evil of a contract killer never flies...Still, the clever central gimmick and a streak of sly humor lift [the] film, just barely, a cut above.
South Park—The Complete Sixth Season (TV) (2002)
Thorough skewerings of celebrity foibles and fearless campaigns on taboo subjects.
A character plans out a 42-hour-and-11 minute journey accompanied by a 16-CD soundtrack....
feels every bit as long and music-saturated...
Buster Keaton Collection (DVD Compilation) (2006)
Keaton's Columbia shorts inspire a certain amount of sympathy and ruefulness at a star's misuse, but also inspiration as Keaton occasionally spins gold out of chaff.
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.
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