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Reviews - DVD

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

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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.

 

   

Portrait of Jason (Milestone Films, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 25 November 2014 20:43

portraitofjason dvdThe fallacy lies in assuming there is some absolute truth that can be captured on camera and understood by the viewer.

 

The Killer Shrews (Film Chest Media Group, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 25 November 2014 20:34

Killershrews dvdThe setup for this film will be familiar to any connoisseur of black-and-white giant creature movies.

   

Ornette: Made in America (Milestone Film & Video, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 25 November 2014 20:27

ornette dvdOriginally released in 1985, this a celebration of the life and music of the great jazz saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman.

 

Violette (Kino Lorber, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 14 November 2014 01:04

dvd violetteViolette is not a pretty film but, befitting its subject, it’s a strong and intense one.

   

The Last Supper (Random Media, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 24 October 2014 19:04

thelastsupper 75The Last Supper is a real historical epic of the old-school, put-your-money-on-the-screen variety.

 

A Woman in Flames (Film Chest, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 24 October 2014 19:01

womaninflamesThis direct translation raises other questions, too, such as “does a woman really get flambéed in this film? If so, by whom, and why?”

   

Mona Lisa Is Missing (Midair Rose Productions, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 24 October 2014 18:57

monalisamissingMedeiros puts himself front and center in this story, but fortunately, he’s a charming host and travel companion.

 

Boobs: One Woman’s Search for Perfection (Garden Thieves Pictures, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Saturday, 18 October 2014 15:11

Boobs 75This film offers a view of plastic surgery often neglected in discussions about it in popular culture.

   

Don’t Blink (Vertical Entertainment, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Saturday, 18 October 2014 15:01

Dont-Blink 75Don’t Blink is no cinematic masterpiece, but it’s an OK horror movie perfect for home viewing with a group of friends.

 

The Best of The Danny Kaye Show (MVD Visual)

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Written by Marc Farr Saturday, 18 October 2014 11:43

dannykayeWell written, and perhaps a bit ahead of its time, it stands the test of time due to the sheer talent of its host, cast, and writers, not to mention the star-studded list of guests.

   

A People Uncounted: The Untold Story of the Roma (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 10 October 2014 14:46

A-People-Uncounted 75For a subject so potentially fraught with emotion, A People Uncounted is a surprisingly calm film, which is a good thing.

 

The Siege of Leningrad: Hitler’s Army Invades the Russian Heartland (First Run Features, NR) & Führer Cult and Megalomania (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 10 October 2014 14:05

The-Siege-of-Leningrad 75They make good use of their materials and provide a different angle on the war than you may be used to.

   

Rude Dude: The Steve Rude Story (Garden Thieves Pictures, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 09 October 2014 20:31

rude 75Good artists may need to be self-centered, and Rude certainly has that attitude down, but artistic talent, or even artistic success, do not equal a free pass through life.

 

A Haunting at Preston Castle (Inception Media Group, NR)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:21

A-Haunting-at-Preston-Castle 75Nothing groundbreaking really happened.

   

Sons of Liberty (Inception Media Group, NR)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Wednesday, 08 October 2014 14:58

Sons-of-Liberty 75The complex plot (and sub-plot), the vast amount of characters, and the advanced, fast-paced, scientific dialogue can get pretty difficult to follow.

 

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

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Sunday, 14 September 2014 18:31

Mystery-Science-XXX 75If you’re a fan, that’s great, because every set delivers pretty much the same reliable pleasures.

   

President Wolfman (Wild Eye Releasing, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 26 August 2014 12:50

dvd President-WolfmanThis is the kind of film that would be lots more fun in the company of a bunch of tripping friends.

 

Fear in the Night/Quicksand! (Film Chest, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Saturday, 23 August 2014 14:44

quicksandQuicksand! is an efficient film noir for most of its length, and then becomes something else entirely, with a lot of unnecessary complications and a distinctly unbelievable ending.

   

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