Thursday, June 5 2014
Miss Dove is the last of a "genteel" respectability in a world that's going to hell.
Wednesday, June 4 2014
In this otherwise predictable film, James Cagney paved a path for future performers and the DIY ethic.
In More than a Miracle, we have no hope that the whole countryside must live happily ever after.
Tuesday, June 3 2014
The grand-daddy of college comedies, The Freshman makes a compelling case for the relevance of silent film.
Aimed at younger viewers, this BFI period collection about runaways and tearaways manages a good mix of entertainment, education and social commentary.
Monday, June 2 2014
Long-time fan and Doctor Who scriptwriter Mark Gatiss guides us through the first episode of what would become television’s longest running sci-fi show.
Even a so-so Marx Brothers film is better than no Marx Brothers film, right?
Friday, May 30 2014
Liam Neeson's career reinvention continues as he becomes our generation's Cary Grant in the efficient, streamlined thriller Non-Stop.
Thursday, May 29 2014
These stories are always engaging, not only because midwifery in the '50s is so interesting, but also because the midwives themselves are fully realized characters.
Wednesday, May 28 2014
There was a time when the approach to animation was “less is more”, and it worked very well, indeed.
Tuesday, May 27 2014
It shouldn’t work, turning psychiatric patients into cartoons; it should be more more offensive than it is. Somehow, though, it all just ends up being good for a laugh.
Friday, May 23 2014
Clio Barnard's vision of the terrenely paradise described by Oscar Wilde has less to do with romanticism and everything to do with escapism.
Thursday, May 22 2014
Patrick Troughton is amazing in his dual roles in Doctor Who: The Enemy of the World, but this long-lost serial is short on the thrills.
Douglas Rushkoff’s Frontline: Generation Like discovers that teens, it seems, are happy to work for free, essentially doing the work of the advertisers.
Wednesday, May 21 2014
God Loves Uganda exists to educate and enrage; it paints a clear portrait of good versus evil.
Tuesday, May 20 2014
Some of the seams of the vampire / teenager connection are starting to show.
Monday, May 19 2014
Series creator Rob Thomas fashioned Veronica Mars as a reunion movie, for both the audience and the characters.
For a telling of "the only band that mattered", there's something of a lack of yeast in the brew, here.
Friday, May 16 2014
The Blu-ray extras here are quite good, but of course, the film is an enduring, hilarious classic for those with that Mel Brooks and Monty Python-like sensibility.
Thursday, May 15 2014
Will America's prison system ever change? Or is meant to keep America’s caste system in place?