Reviews > Film DVD

28 Nov 2005 // 12:00 AM

Save the Tiger (1973)

The question at the heart of Save the Tiger is no less nagging for its familiarity: didn't it all used to be so simple?"

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23 Nov 2005 // 12:00 AM

Millions (2004)

Millions sustains a vibrantly colored, enjoyably lively view, fantastic to reflect Damian's perspective, literally short and practically limited.

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Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)

The film's sheer volume of vengeance is so great, pacing so deliberate, and confrontations so inevitable, that the experience is not unlike watching the climax of a film noir stretched out over 90 minutes.

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22 Nov 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Honeymooners (2005)

While most of the target audience for the movie may not remember the TV version, Schultz's Honeymooners unfortunately forgets what was most appealing about the show.

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The Fly (Collector’s Edition) / The Fly II (Special Edition) (1986/1989)

Timeless terror needs more than goop and glop. Only one Fly film even tried to get it right.

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Hondo: Special Collector’s Edition / McLintock!: Authentic Collector’s Edition (1953)

As pointed out in a making-of featurette, John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara had such 'chemistry' in their films together that moviegoers took them to be a real-life couple.

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10 Nov 2005 // 12:00 AM

Teorema (1968)

However much the camera lingers on Terrence Stamp's features or Silvana Mangano's heavily made up face, the characters remain corporeally opaque, more embodiments of ideas than urges and appetites.

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Bionicle 3: Web of Shadows (2005)

Frankly, having sat with my kids through Transformers, Pokemon, Hello Kitty, Bratz, and My Little Pony videos, the Bionicle series is a work of comparative genius.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Two-Disc Deluxe Edition (2005)

Tim Burton's movie is mostly perky, slightly edgy, and dully episodic.

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The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944)

Far from being a sermon, the movie is no bromide against girlish promiscuity, but a mature consideration of love found through 'unconventional' means.

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Batman Begins (Two-Disc Deluxe Edition with Comic Book) (2004)

Nolan's Batman is perpetually knotted up, unable to forget his dead parents, seeking a vague solace in his hard body's capacity for violence.

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31 Oct 2005 // 12:00 AM

We’re No Angels (1955)

Considering that the plot, such as it is, involves a pair of murders committed by Albert's poisonous viper, the jaunty tone doesn't seem appropriate.

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No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005)

Martin Scorsese's film is about Dylan's early life among the Mister Joneses of his era, ahead of rock and roll's learning curve and suffering the judgments of the slower kids in his class.

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In the Shadow of the Stars: Members of the San Francisco Opera Chorus - PopMatters Film Review

In most cases, the performers are doing what they do best -- performing. And so they resist appearing too vulnerable.

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27 Oct 2005 // 12:00 AM

Bewitched (2005)

As Jack goes overboard in usual Ferrellian fashion, Isabel's insistence that he is the perfect mate for her go-normal plan never makes sense.

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27 Oct 2005 // 12:00 AM

Amityville Horror (2005)

'Based on a true story,' notes Amityville Horror producer Brad Fuller as the so-designating title rolls. 'Already controversial.'"

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25 Oct 2005 // 12:00 AM

Melinda and Melinda (2005)

In Melinda and Melinda, full of women struggling to make their desires known to men who suppose they know what women want and mean, the women are infinitely less regular and more interesting.

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24 Oct 2005 // 12:00 AM

Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005)

Angela Robinson says the movie shows the 'scope and the joy of being a contender, more than winning, necessarily.' That Herbie allows this 'scope and joy' for a girl driver is mostly delightful.

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21 Oct 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Outsiders: The Complete Novel (1983)

Rarely does a director's cut reflect a vision 'truer' to a source text. But, like most everything else surrounding the picture, The Outsiders: The Complete Novel is quite an anomaly.

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The Warriors: Ultimate Director’s Cut (1979)

The documentary DVD explores every detail of production and Hill's vision, so that the film, for this writer becomes something altogether new.

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