Close Encounters: Get Claustrophobic With Three New DVDs
Published 1/26/2011 at 1:26 p.m. 0 comments
In an era where many moviemakers put every effort into putting more and more on screen, and even extending it beyond the screen with 3-D, it’s nice to know than others are still experimenting with doing less. Take director Rodrigo ...
The Rest of the Best DVDs of 2010
Published 1/12/2011 at 2:19 p.m. 0 comments
Even if this column were weekly—even if this column were daily—I’d be hard-pressed to keep up with the dozens of DVD and Blu-ray releases new and old rolled out every Tuesday throughout the year. And so, before we launch fully ...
The 10 Best Home-Video Releases of 2010
Published 12/29/2010 at 12:00 p.m. 0 comments
Lee Gardner selects his favorite DVD and Blu-ray releases of 2010.
'Restrepo' and 'The Oath' Show Different Perspectives on the War on Terror
Published 12/15/2010 at 9:24 a.m. 0 comments
The flicker of the newsreel defined World War II and Korea for viewers on the homefront, while Vietnam was the “television war,” with grainy color 16mm unspooling on the nightly news. The first Gulf War was glowing green night-vision footage ...
Johnnie To Captures the Aging of an Action Hero in 'Vengeance'
Published 12/1/2010 at 10:51 a.m. 0 comments
It’s the hard truths behind the feuds and allegiances and double-crosses and facing of fate that make Vengeance stand out from the shallow thrills of the outlandish action genre.
Lars Von Trier's "Antichrist" Doesn't Make Much Sense, But You'll Never Forget It
Published 11/17/2010 at 9:59 a.m. 0 comments
If you’ve heard of Danish writer/director Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist (Criterion Collection DVD and Blu-ray) at all, it’s most likely because of the pre-release buzz about its more disturbing content, including a bolt driven through a character’s leg and genital ...
"Centurion" and "House" Deliver Simple (and Unexpected) Thrills
Published 11/3/2010 at 11:59 a.m. 0 comments
There’s something about a B movie. It may not reach the heights of beauty, of artistic expression, of emotional or intellectual profundity that a great film might, but a good B movie does something else almost better than anything else ...
"Until the Light Takes Us" and "77 Boa Drum" Capture Two Significant Moments in Music
Published 10/20/2010 at 12:03 p.m. 0 comments
While the ooky-spooky sound and arcane trappings of black metal have become yet another hipster enthusiasm in recent years, it bears remembering that the history of the genre is truly blood-soaked and flame-licked.
Terrence Malick's "Thin Red Line" Gets the Deluxe DVD Treatment It Deserves
Published 10/6/2010 at 10:02 a.m. 0 comments
Terrence Malick’s 'The Thin Red Line' trickled into most U.S. movie theaters in early 1999, a few months after Steven Spielberg’s 'Saving Private Ryan.' Ryan’s overwhelming success probably explains why the theater where I first saw Malick’s film was relatively ...
Upcoming Academy Honorees Corman and Godard Have More in Common Than You Think
Published 9/22/2010 at 9:05 a.m. 0 comments
In March, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will bestow an Academy Award on never-before-nominated Roger Corman. It’s an “honorary” Oscar, true—Corman mostly works in TV these days, so his latest production, Sharktopus, isn’t likely to screen for ...
Evocative Three-Part Thriller "Red Riding" Does More Than Chronicle a Series of English Murders
Published 9/8/2010 at 9:29 a.m. 0 comments
America may have given the world The Sopranos and The Wire, but the British have been doing ambitious, long-arc television narratives for decades. And nobody on this side of the Atlantic in the post-Sopranos/Wire world has done anything like Red ...
'The Art of the Steal' Shows How Subculture Becomes High Culture
Published 8/25/2010 at 9:23 a.m. 0 comments
The Art of the Steal (MPI DVD) painstakingly reveals the shameless maneuvering of various Philadelphia politicians, administrators, philanthropists, and wealthy men to turn Albert C. Barnes' collection of modern art into yet another center-city tourist attraction.
Prison Makes a Better Criminal in Jacques Audiard’s 'A Prophet'
Published 8/11/2010 at 9:53 a.m. 0 comments
French director Jacques Audiard’s 2009 film A Prophet tells the story of a young Arab's education in a French prison and may be the best crime film since Goodfellas.
IFC's Video on Demand Connects Niche Movies and Their Audiences
Published 7/28/2010 at 10:17 a.m. 0 comments
If you have digital cable, you’ve probably already discovered the joys of the “on-demand” option, calling up last week’s episode of Mad Men or a just-out-of-theaters Hollywood blockbuster whenever the fancy strikes. But some of the smaller (and more interesting) ...
Warner Tries to Keep Up With Technology—and Beat Bootleggers—With On-Demand Archive
Published 7/14/2010 at 10:26 a.m. 0 comments
While it isn’t tough to find a Blu-ray copy of Avatar, more marginal titles are suffering as studios let them fall out of print or hold off on issuing them in the first place. After all, thousands of film nerds ...