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Wednesday, December 18 2013

The Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2013

As home video spins off into various immediate options -- streaming, simultaneous theatrical and digital release -- there are still many gems to uncover in the increasingly obsolete format.


Reviews

Wednesday, October 22 2014

'Gorky Park' Is a Cold War Film That Avoids National Stereotypes

This violent murder mystery is atypical among Cold War era films and stands up well today, but this Blu-ray could use a little more "special" in its "features".


Monday, April 18 2011

'The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader' Steers Off-Course

This is swashbuckling fun, but C.S. Lewis's original story seems to have been lost at sea.


Thursday, December 9 2010

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

There are sword fights aplenty (as bloodless as ever), but instead of a real story, we are left clinging to individual moments.


Sunday, October 14 2007

The Up Series

Give me the boy at age seven, and I'll give you the man. The Jesuits may have had something with that saying, especially after watching Michael Apted's masterwork 49 years into the making.


Monday, March 19 2007

49 Up (2007)

Through the gentle observation and simple exploration of life’s quotidian nature, the Up Series achieves a dramatic relevancy that simple fiction or melodrama could never equal.


Enigma (2001) [14.Sep.03]
Enough (2002) [14.Sep.03]
Enough (2002) [9.Oct.02]
Enough (2002) [22.May.02]
Enigma (2001) [8.May.02]

Blogs

Monday, October 14 2013

'56 Up': Lives as TV, Back on TV

This remarkable documentary series has offered glimpses of its subjects' experiences, versions of reality constructed and set into a complex dialogue with their viewers.


Wednesday, January 23 2013

Getting on With It in ’56 Up’

In the eighth installment of Michael Apted’s epochal documentary series, his aging participants (one of cinema’s greatest assemblage of living characters) provide not just a telescope into the past but also a kind of primer for how to live, even as the specter of mortality starts to cast its shadow.


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