Reviews - DVD

Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXXIII (Shout! Factory, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 28 July 2015 19:11

mst3xxiii 75I’ve come to treasure these box sets not just for the movies and commentary, but also for the short documentaries included which fill in background on the films.

 

The Unwanted (Kino Lorber, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 13 July 2015 23:25

unwanted 75Nothing says “gothic” like woods and fog, and when you add in some crazed Christianity and deadly weapons, something twisted seems guaranteed to happen.

   

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (Amplify/Anchor Bay Entertainment, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Tuesday, 30 June 2015 06:49

Kumiko 75The experience of the movie is intentionally, mundanely realistic much of the time.

 

The Decline of Western Civilization Collection (Shout! Factory, various ratings)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Tuesday, 30 June 2015 06:38

The-Decline-of 75Each film has extraordinary footage and standout scenes, but a lot of what makes these films work is for the vital moment in culture they capture.

   

Eastern Boys (First Run Features, R)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Saturday, 27 June 2015 16:43

playback stl photosThe film offered a timely view of two contrasting sides of Paris, one for the privileged and one for those excluded from that privilege.

 

She Must be Seeing Things (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 26 June 2015 21:53

She-Must-be-Seeing-Things 75You never get emotionally invested in anything you see on the screen.

   

Lost for Words (Green Apple Entertainment, NR)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Wednesday, 24 June 2015 18:40

Lost-for-Words 75Lost for Wordsdoes not feel like a film you’ve already seen.

 

The Boys in the Band (Kino Lorber, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 17 June 2015 17:46

Boys-in-the-Band 75The most heartbreaking moments of the film are also the occasion for some of the best acting.

   

Smiling Through the Apocalypse: Esquire in the 60s (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 17 June 2015 09:19

Smiling 75The best part about Smiling Through the Apocalypse is the way it recreates something of the mood of those heady days.

 

Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 17 June 2015 09:04

Sagrada 75It shies away from asking difficult questions and fails to provide the kind of context that would make the story even more interesting.

   

Gaming in Color (MidBoss, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 19 May 2015 08:55

Gaming-in-Color 75_75Gay and lesbian people also like to game, and would like to see some characters and storylines reflecting their reality.

 

Evil Eye/The Girl Who Knew Too Much (Kino Lorber, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 18 May 2015 20:33

EE 75The Italian version, The Girl Who Knew Too Much, is by far the better film.

   

Last Hijack (Kino Lorber, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 18 May 2015 20:13

Last-Hijack 75The first question regarding Last Hijack is whether it brings anything new to the table. Fortunately, it does.

 

The Dance Goodbye (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 12 May 2015 07:50

Dance-Goodbye 75It offers both a realistic look at what it means to be a professional dancer, and the assurance that it is worth it.

   

Broadchurch Series Two (Entertainment One, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 12 May 2015 07:43

Broadchurch season2_75Watching it is a richly rewarding experience.

 

Black Sunday (Kino Lorber, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 06 May 2015 23:00

Black sunday_75The truth is, Black Sunday doesn’t get many points for originality of plot, but Bava’s secure command of the cinematic image more than carries the day.

   

The Family Jams (Factory 25, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 06 May 2015 22:57

family jams_75Banhart, Newsom, and Vetiver have all maintained their artistic integrity, and have been some of the most reliably excellent musicians to emerge in the new millennium.

 

Lost Rivers (Icarus Films, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 06 May 2015 22:51

lost rivers_75The purpose of Lost Rivers is to inform viewers of urban rivers’ history and convince them that something was lost when the rivers became hidden underground.

   

The Babadook (IFC Midnight/Scream Factory, R)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 14 April 2015 08:00

babadook 75There's something pleasingly hand-crafted about The Babadook, beginning with the book that mysteriously appears in the family’s house.

 

Class of 1984 (Shout! Factory, R)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Tuesday, 14 April 2015 08:00

Class of 1984 is a must-see film. Beyond being great, it deals with real issues that are still relevant today.

   

Goodbye to Language (Kino Lorber, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 14 April 2015 08:00

adieu 75I can totally see someone interpreting Goodbye to Language as, “Godard puts random stuff up on screen because he knows no one will call him on it.”

 

Candlestick (Workbus, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 09 April 2015 21:16

candlestick 75Even if you take the film as a parody of old-style detective stories, it’s not really amusing enough to succeed on that score either.

   

The Book of Negroes (Entertainment One, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 08 April 2015 22:14

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The Book of Negroes mixes fact and fiction, using an invented story to deliver a real truth.

 

Vice & Virtue (Kino Classics, PG-13)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 30 March 2015 19:13

vice virtue_75Vice & Virtue is a fairly conventional melodrama contrasting two sisters, one good and one bad.

   

Memory Lane (WildEye Releasing, NR)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Wednesday, 25 March 2015 11:27

Memory Lane_75Memory Lane keeps you guessing, and it only runs 70 minutes so the anticipation holds through the entire movie.

 

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Vol. XXXII (Shout! Factory, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 24 March 2015 10:38

MST3K xxxii_75Who needs art when you can have Cold War paranoia and wish fulfillment in gorgeous black and white?

   

Victory at Sea (Film Chest Media Group, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 18 March 2015 22:58

victory sea_75 - CopyVictory at Sea is a fine example of an old-fashioned, heroic documentary that seamlessly mixes real combat footage with obviously staged shots.

 

Captive (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 03 March 2015 14:23

captive_75Timing is everything in a film like this, and Mendoza does an excellent job of keeping you off balance.

   

Algorithms: Blind Chess Players of India (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 26 February 2015 21:59

algorithms_75If you’re up for something different, that offers a view into a world that you may not have even realized existed, then Algorithms is definitely worth your while.

 

Victori: The Truth Just Can’t Be One Thing (Garden Thieves Pictures, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 26 February 2015 21:55

victori_75I’m sure there’s a fascinating story to be found in Victori’s life, but director Michael Melamedoff doesn’t find it in this film.

   

Sex (Ed): The Movie (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 12 February 2015 13:34

sex_ed_75The film clips provide little windows into societal attitudes of not that long ago, and seeing this evidence for yourself is far more useful than hearing someone else talk about it.

 

Through a Lens Darkly (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 04 February 2015 15:42

Through_Lens_Darkly

Harris incorporates a variety of images, along with commentary and interpretation from a variety of voices. Many of the images are family photos, from 19th-century daguerreotypes of Civil War soldiers or carefully posed studio portraits to present-day century snapshots taken in suburban homes. 

   

Mentor (Garden Thieves Pictures, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 21 January 2015 21:30

dvd mentorSupposedly, tolerance and respect for others, including those who are different from you, are core values both of the United States in general and of our school system in particular.

 

Adua and Her Friends (Raro Video/Kino Lorber, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 21 January 2015 21:22

dvd aduaThe dark turn also delivers a strong critique of several of the less pleasant aspects of Italian society.

   

Hi-8 (Wild Eye Releasing, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 21 January 2015 21:20

dvd Hi-8The DVD includes eight short horror films shot on Hi8 or similar video formats.

 

She Makes Comics (Sequart, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 07 January 2015 21:56

She Makes Comics is the kind of film that can teach you a lot while also making you feel optimistic towards the future.

 

   

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