DVD/Blu-ray Review: “Breathe In” and “Hateship, Loveship”

Guy Pearce is one of this generation’s finest and most underappreciated actors. He’s appeared in award winning films (L.A. Confidential, The King’s Speech), critical darlings (Pricilla, Queen of the Desert, Memento), and even a couple of summer blockbuster (Prometheus, Iron Man ...

Blu-ray Review: The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

Warning: This review contains mild spoilers, but really, if you want a spoiler-free review of a re-imagining of a classic old movie based on a notable story from even earlier, grow up. It’s impossible.

Then again, the “remake” of The Secret ...

CD/DVD Review: Dream Theater, “Live At Luna Park”

It was shortly after the release of A Dramatic Turn of Events when I got to see Dream Theater live for the second time (The first was when they were a part of the very first outing of Megadeth’s Gigantour package festival.) ...

Blu-ray Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness is but one of many transgressions the movie series has made “in the canon.” If we look to Gene Roddenberry’s initial concept for the TV series, it was based on a utopian, slightly hippy-dippy aspirational concept of human ...

Blu-ray Review: The Producers (1968)

When you think about it, everything about The Producers is a signpost for destiny. What started as a very contained idea for a book spiraled into a deathless concept that ultimately became a massive hit on the same Broadway stages the film ...

DVD/Blu-ray Review: “B” is for “Blob”

Here in the Northeast, spring has been in the air–and out of it, too. So it’s still a good time to stay in, draw from the new release pile, and write some capsule reviews. Look forward to more in the coming weeks. ...

Blu-ray Review: “Ruby Sparks”

The directors of Little Miss Sunshine follow up that charming underdog with a romantic comedy/fantasy film that takes a page out of the Charlie Kaufman book of storytelling. Ruby Sparks is a lovely movie that was written by one ...

DVD Review: “Steve Martin: The Television Stuff”

The target audience for the new Steve Martin box set will remember a time when “on-demand” meant tuning into a television program at the scheduled time, or buying tickets to go see a particular event.

As the internet talking heads ...

DVD/Blu-ray reviews: “Thin Ice” and “The Hunter”

Greg Kinnear and Willem Dafoe, that wacky duo from 2002’s Auto Focus (Michael Gerbosi, where’d you disappear to, my friend?) are back, each with their own indie movies now on DVD and Blu-ray. Both of these Academy Award nominated actors continue ...

Blu-ray Review: “To Kill a Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition”

To commemorate its 100th Anniversary, Universal Pictures will roll out special edition Blu-ray/DVD combo’s of some of their most popular and celebrated films throughout 2012. If the To Kill a Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition  release is an indication of the quality ...

Blu-ray Review: “The Big Year”

The marketing for The Big Year was deceiving. With images of the film’s leads, Jack Black, Steve Martin and Owen Wilson, staring in different directions with binoculars, or looking surprised for the camera, you’d think this was a slapstick comedy about ...

Blu-ray review: “Annie Hall” and “Manhattan”

Annie Hall established Allen as one of the most important filmmakers of the 70’s and set him on the path to critical adulation that he’s sometimes had a hard time living up to. The movie won four Academy Awards – Best ...

Blu-ray review: “The Apartment”

Billy Wilder made so many classic films that it’s difficult to determine which one is his best. The Apartment, his 1960 Academy Award winner for Best Picture, has to be near the top of any list. Jack Lemmon, Wilder’s favorite actor, ...

A Cold, Academic Review of “The Scorpion King 3″

Why does a movie like The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption exist? Film criticism as a pursuit, even a career, can become skewed by years of focusing only on A-list theater releases, so much so that critics stop asking the ...

DVD/Blu-ray Review: Stocking Stuffers

Two more shopping days until Christmas? No sweat–still time to hop on over to your favorite big box retailer and pick up a few DVDs and Blu-rays. Or, better yet, hope for a gift card, take advantage of the aftersales, and ...

DVD Review: Cars 2

As these things go, Cars 2 is not awful provided you are judging the movie with a specific viewpoint. Viewed as a slipshod attempt on Pixar Animation’s part to turn the first film, long held as the weakest of their ...

DVD Review: “Forever Plaid, the Movie”

In 1963, a semi-professional harmony group was on their way to their first big gig, when their car was slammed into by a bus full of Catholic schoolgirls on their way to see the Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show. The ...

DVD Review: “Prom”

My daughter’s reaction to the idea of her father watching Disney’s Prom by himself horrified her. “That’s just wrong,” she told me. Thus, I waited until the 12-year-old cleared her schedule so that the two of us could watch the movie ...

DVD/Blu-ray Review: “Tangled”

Tangled (Disney, 2010)

Disney’s 50th animated feature lets down its hair with Rapunzel. Does this princess earn her crown?

The Story: She does indeed, but it was a long and, umm, “tamgled” voyage to the screen. Uncle ...

DVD/Blu-ray Review: A Sad “Burlesque”

Burlesque (Screen Gems, 2010)

Is it a coincidence that Christina Aguilera’s arrest for public intoxication coincided with the release of her film flop on DVD and Blu-ray? I investigate.

The Story: Burlesque means to bring that cinematic chestnut, ...