Alfonso Cuaron was a master craftsman from the second he was allowed to make movies, but it was only after Y Tu Mama Tambien that he became filmmaker who used his style to serve substance.
Insomnia (Erik Skjoldbjaerg, 1997) – Though sadly overshadowed by the Al Pacino and Christopher Nolan American remake, Erik Skjoldbjaerg’s Insomnia remains one of the greatest thrillers of the 90s. While Skjoldbjaerg never quite managed to deliver an adequate follow up, his directorial debut was one of the most striking of his era. It’s a […]
Time once again for our writers to look to their latest Blu-Ray, DVD, and VOD purchases with looks at new releases The Lego Movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Alan Partridge, Small Time, The Cold Lands, Tapped Out, and A Wife Alone, and re-releases for The Life Aquatic, Judex, Hearts and Minds, The Revengers, and Countess Dracula.
We play catch up with the DVDs we've accumulated over the past month with Phil looking at Criterion releases for Riot in Cell Block 11 and Breaking the Waves, the recently remastered Sorcerer, a re-cut version of the documentary Cocaine Cowboys, the fourth and final season of Eastbound and Down, and the latest Paranormal Activity film. Dave looks at straight-to-video efforts Mr. Jones and Bad Country, along with new discs for Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia and Seven Warriors. And Andrew looks back on A Birder's Guide to Everything and Big Bad Wolves.
As we dig out from under the pile of Blu-Ray and DVD releases that have come into the office this month, we take a look at Criterion editions of Soderbergh's underrated King of the Hill and Truffaut's Jules and Jim, Blu-rays for Thor: The Dark World, Nebraska, Wadjda, and Blue is the Warmest Color, and a DVD of the found footage thriller Banshee Chapter.
We FINALLY start digging ourselves out of the backlog of DVDs and Blu-Rays we received over the past month with the first of two special home entertainment columns this week. Today we look at the hilarious Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, the intense Captain Phillips, the Adam Scott comedy A.C.O.D., Kuosawa's classic Throne of Blood on Criterion, and Dylan McDermott trapped in a Freezer.
Lots to go through this week on the home entertainment front including the coal in the stocking that is the Paul Rudd/Paul Giamatti team-up All is Bright, the Blu-Ray debut of the exceptional astronaut drama The Right Stuff, John Carpenter's ill fated TV pilot Body Bags, the toothless political drama The Attack, charming Irish creature feature Grabbers, the passable Dolph Lundgren/Randy Couture drug actioner Ambushed, and the gleefully sick Canadian sleaze flick, Junkie
This week at the video store we check out new Blu-Rays for recent releases Trance, To the Wonder, Oblivion, and Olympus Has Fallen, and two new Criterion releases for The Devil's Backbone and Lord of the Flies.
Our latest round-up of home video offerings takes a look at the new release of Disney's Oz: The Great and Powerful, and new Blu-Rays for classics Medium Cool, National Lampoon's Vacation, Safety Last!, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, and... Airheads.
In this month's round-up of the best in home entertainment we look at wartime classic The Great Escape, the little known Sam Raimi/Coen Brothers team-up Crimewave, the criminally underrated Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle The Last Stand, Jackie Chan's Police Story films, the cult favourite Repo Man, Spalding Gray's Swimming to Cambodia, and Godard's Band of Outsiders.
We take a trip in the way, wayback machine for a trio of old school classics, including Elia Kazan's noirish viral thriller Panic in the Streets, Cecil B. DeMille's biblical epic Samson and Delilah, and the king of all early talkies, The Jazz Singer.
This week in archival DVD land, we take a look at new Blu-Rays for the Canadian classic sex comedy Porky's, Criterion treatments for Terrence Malick's Badlands and Fritz Lang's Ministry of Fear, and a Steven Seagal TV show that was re-edited into a movie with the hopes no one would notice.
This week we look at some Blu-Ray and DVD reissues of the iconic Schindler's List and On the Waterfront, the campy fun of Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and The Monster Squad, and one of the greatest adventures from the Doctor to occupy the Tardis the longest.
Our archival DVD column returns with a slate of seasonal offerings and oddities with Criterion editions of The Game, Eating Raoul, and Quadrophenia, special editions of Stuart Gordon's Re-animator, Halloween II and Halloween III: Season of the Witch, and the DVD and Blu-ray premiere of Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein
This week, some films to appeal to our younger memories, as Phil Brown looks at the Blu-ray debuts of Jaws and The Royal Tenenbaums and dives into new blu's for Grosse Pointe Blank and Halloween 4 & 5