Friday, December 6 2013
Kino-Lorber's release of Nosferatu features some of the best special features of any DVD this year.
Thursday, December 5 2013
Entering into Gomes’s hypnotic triptych, Tabu gives the viewer a chance to see just how far cinema has come, and just how far it can go in the hands of a master.
Wednesday, December 4 2013
This substantial documentary displays the genre at its most vital: telling a story for a subject incapable of voicing complaint.
Tuesday, December 3 2013
Cassavetes' aesthetic, both in front of and behind the camera, was less Method immersion than mad (as in gleeful) exploration, skirting the emotional edge without tripping into or wallowing in cathartic excess.
Monday, December 2 2013
More than anything, this is a portrait of man trying to find peace and a place in post-World War II China.
Wednesday, November 27 2013
Proof that the best art can be both timeless and a document of time and place, La Notte observes modern love.
Friday, November 22 2013
The cinematic worlds presented in the Cornetto Trilogy may be ending, but the legendary collaboration of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost lives on in The World's End DVD/Blu-ray set.
Audrey Tautou is too internal an actress to make us feel her character's passionate quest for meaning.
Thursday, November 21 2013
If Christian Petzold’s languidly paced, intoxicating character study Barbara were an American film, an appropriate marketing campaign may have consisted of posters splattered on street corners that asked “Who is Barbara Wolff?”
The disparate influences, caginess, and behind-the-scenes difficulties in The Uninvited make for an intoxicating snapshot of a genre on the verge of popular acceptance.
Wednesday, November 20 2013
We're the Millers is like a less allegorical, more accessible Pleasantville.
John Carpenter's classic siege thriller isn't quite the old Hollywood throwback it's reputed to be, but it offers a striking reworking of genre mechanics and imagery to make up for its unsentimental atmosphere.
Sleepwalker is one of the most obscure British films ever made, and it's easy to see why: almost everything about Saxon Logan's weird, unsettling and dreamlike film is unconventional.
Tuesday, November 19 2013
Valley Girls Sam and Reggie’s skills make them much more adaptable to a future that values spontaneity and spunk over brains and bookishness.
Amanda Seyfriend conveys Linda’s blunt, emotional thought process without judgement and is excellent at acting badly. That’s no jab. Acting like a bad actor is no easy feat
Monday, November 18 2013
Catastrophic violence becomes more central to the Superman mythos than ever before.
René Clair's lavish and elegant retelling of the Faust legend is revitalized through the vibrant, sometimes comical performances of the two leads.
Friday, November 15 2013
Based on the life of noted ethnomusicologist Louis Sarno, Oka! is a story about life, sound and love overshadowed by ethical problems.
The original lineup only recorded four albums, but within a few short years in the '70s the band helped shape the future of popular music. Its name was Dr. Feelgood.
Thursday, November 14 2013
Ciaran Foy's debut horror film may be a low budget affair, but its bleak urban environment provides a terrific backdrop for some genuine chills.