Archive for category: Film Reviews

Videophiled: Neil Marshall’s ‘Dog Soldiers: Collector’s Edition’

25 June, 2015 (20:28) | Blu-ray, DVD, Film Reviews, Horror | By: Editor

Dog Soldiers: Collector’s Edition (Scream Factory, Blu-ray+DVD) – “If we engage the enemy, I expect nothing less than gratuitous violence from the lot of you.” Neil Marshall ransacks and revitalizes every cliché in the book in this howling good reworking of the werewolf tale. Borrowing liberally from the “survivors under siege” classics Aliens and Night […]

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Film Review: ‘Güeros’

25 June, 2015 (04:32) | by Robert Horton, Film Reviews | By: Robert Horton

My heart sank a little when Alonso Ruiz Palacios, the director of Güeros, showed up onscreen halfway through this movie, asking the actors what they think of the screenplay. Oh, boy—that breaking-the-fourth-wall gag is the kind of thing you’re supposed to get out of your system in film school. In retrospect, though, the intrusion actually […]

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Film Review: ‘Sunshine Superman’

25 June, 2015 (04:28) | by Robert Horton, Documentary, Film Reviews | By: Robert Horton

The film was apparently eight years in the making, but Sunshine Superman happens to open just after the death of Dean Potter, which might color its rainbow feel-good spirit just a tad. Potter was the superstar climber and BASE jumper who fell to earth in May after he illegally leaped off a very high place […]

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Blu-ray / DVD: ‘The Bridge’ – Germany confronts the legacy of World War II

23 June, 2015 (22:44) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Film Reviews | By: Sean Axmaker

The Bridge (1959) (Criterion, Blu-ray, DVD) is a landmark film of post-war German cinema. Filmmakers (and perhaps audiences as well) were reluctant to confront World War II and its legacy in the years after the surrender to the Allies. Bernhard Wicki’s 1959 film, adapted from the semi-autobiographical novel by Manfred Gregor (the pen name of […]

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Review: ‘Gold’

21 June, 2015 (10:16) | by Robert C. Cumbow, Film Reviews | By: Robert C. Cumbow

[Originally published in Movietone News 39, February 1975] Gold is a big potboiler of a movie, filled with action, violence, gore, and adultery. It’s a genre piece, fraught with convention and predictability. It has no characters, only cartoon people whose actions are as unsurprising as their motivations are unlikely. And I enjoyed the hell out […]

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Me and My Gal

21 June, 2015 (09:59) | by Richard T. Jameson, Film Reviews, Raoul Walsh | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published on Straight Shooting at Queen Anne News, September 30, 2012] Just a quick recommend, before it’s too late. One of my very favorite movies is making a rare TV appearance Monday, Oct. 1, at 5 p.m. West Coast time on Turner Classic Movies. To “very favorite” let me add an endorsement from an […]

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Videophiled: ‘Killer Cop’

20 June, 2015 (11:25) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Film Reviews | By: Sean Axmaker

Given the title of Killer Cop (Raro / Kino Lorber, Blu-ray, DVD) a 1975 poliziotteschi from Italy, you might expect a rogue cop thriller, and ambitious young Commissario Matteo Rolandi (Claudio Cassinelli), a rising officer on a major drug case, certainly has good reason to go rogue. His case gets caught up in a major […]

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Film Review: ‘Marie’s Story’

18 June, 2015 (04:05) | by Sean Axmaker, Film Reviews | By: Sean Axmaker

Marie Heurtin was born deaf and blind to loving but overworked parents in 19th-century rural France. Kept at home because no institution but the asylum would take her in, she lived in sensory isolation, loved but untutored and unrestrained. The stubborn girl refused to change her clothes, wear shoes, or bathe. When her father brings […]

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Film Review: ‘The Wolfpack’

18 June, 2015 (04:00) | by Robert Horton, Documentary, Film Reviews | By: Robert Horton

You know your weird neighbors? They seem to be a big family, but nobody ever sees them, except when the angry-looking father goes out to get groceries. Sometimes you hear strange things going on. What are they doing in there? Well, keep your camera handy, because behind those cardboarded-over windows might be a documentary film […]

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Videophiled: ‘Run All Night’ with Liam Neeson

17 June, 2015 (08:56) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Film Reviews | By: Sean Axmaker

Liam Neeson is back in action in the gritty crime thriller Run All Night (Warner, Blu-ray, DVD, VOD), his third and most satisfying collaboration with filmmaker Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown, Non-Stop). Neeson once again has a very specific skill set—his nickname isn’t Jimmy the Gravedigger for nothing—but he’s been pickling it in booze for years to […]

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Review: ‘Dreams and Nightmares’

16 June, 2015 (16:31) | by Rick Hermann, Documentary, Film Reviews | By: Rick Hermann

[Originally published in Movietone News 39, February 1975] With The Sorrow and the Pity and A Sense of Loss, Marcel Ophuls raised historical cinéma vérité to the height of artistic creation. Osheroff’s style of documentary moviemaking, as applied to the political situation in Spain and the ways in which it has evolved since the Spanish […]

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Review: ‘Murder on the Orient Express’

15 June, 2015 (03:53) | by Richard T. Jameson, Film Reviews | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 39, February 1975] There’s an air of bad faith, not unlike the scent of bathroom deodorizer, about Murder on the Orient Express. I’m as fond of “production values” as the next fellow, maybe fonder, but I don’t wish to be force-fed them by a soulless dietitian who knows what I […]

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Videophiled Classics: Dziga Vertov – ‘The Man with the Movie Camera’

13 June, 2015 (11:44) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, Film Reviews, Silent Cinema | By: Sean Axmaker

Dziga Vertov: The Man with the Movie Camera and Other Newly-Restored Works (Flicker Alley, Blu-ray) presents four features (and one newsreel short) by the great Soviet filmmaker, all making their American Blu-ray debut. They have been newly scanned from the best sources available and digitally remastered by Lobster Films in France. The collection is a […]

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Film Review: ‘The Film Critic’

11 June, 2015 (04:02) | by Robert Horton, Film Reviews | By: Robert Horton

He has the power to make or break careers. He is quoted all over town. His editors despair of his latest negative notice. He is . . . the film critic. This fantasy figure is the main character of a new film by Argentine director (and former critic) Hernán Guerschuny, and it’s a movie with only one comic idea. […]

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Film Review: ‘Saint Laurent’

11 June, 2015 (03:57) | by Sean Axmaker, Film Reviews | By: Sean Axmaker

You get only fleeting views of Yves Saint Laurent (Gaspard Ulliel) sketching designs and perfecting his fashions on his models—no mannequins in his house, only living bodies—in Bertrand Bonello’s biopic. In fact, most of the familiar beats are either trimmed or completely snipped out of this languorous, luxurious film. Bonello focuses on just a few […]

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