Spending Time with 'Les Blank: Always for Pleasure' | 4 Mar 2015 // 9:20 PM
Les Blank's intimate documentaries are staged when time slows and music, food, and community come together.
The Best DVDs of 2011 | 8 Jan 2012 // 4:00 PM
With the continuing rise of Blu-ray, this year sees a lot of repeat entries. Just because they're here again, however, doesn't mean they're any less special.
'The Mack Sennett Collection, Volume One' Attests to Risk-Taking in Creativity and Innovation | 19 Oct 2014 // 9:30 PM
This collection of films is significant in illustrating the development of Mack Sennett's contributions to early film comedy and the lasting effects of Sennett and his troupe.
'Cinema' --That's Italian for Cinema | 4 Apr 2011 // 5:00 PM
New DVD provider RaroVideo USA is coming out of the gate with two lavish Criterion-worthy releases: The Clowns and the Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection. One is nominally "arty" and the other "lowdown", but the lines deserve to be blurred.
Mean Streets Meet Clean Streets: 'Bill Elliott Detective Mysteries' | 20 Apr 2014 // 9:10 PM
Despite tough breaks, happy endings prevail thanks to the intelligence and professionalism of law enforcement.
These '3-D Rarities' Are Relaxing and Refreshing to the Eye | 24 Jul 2015 // 6:00 AM
3D is consistently linked with what's "modern" and "futuristic", but as this excellent Flicker Alley release shows, it's been around for awhile.
'Mack Sennett Collection' and 'Chaplin's Mutual Comedies' Are Documents of Comedy Landmarks | 29 Sep 2014 // 1:00 AM
These two box sets offer up key historical examples of the pratfall as high art.