Spinning Discs: All the Trimmings

I don’t do holiday gift guides. Not my bag. But–’tis the season and everyone’s having big sales from now until the end of the year, so rather than be Scrooge about it, feel free to stuff your stockings with new releases from ...

Spinning Discs: Mad Worlds

Let’s get crazy with a roundup of new, recent, and upcoming releases on Blu-ray and DVD…

Bad Dreams/Visiting Hours: A hospital-set “Killer Double Feature” on DVD has received a slight upgrade on Blu-ray, and Visiting Hours (1982), the  lesser of ...

Spinning Discs: In With the New

We’re not even a  handful of days into 2014 and already it’s looking to be a good one for Blu-rays and DVD. What’s got me in a celebratory mood? The Criterion Collection has stolen my heart with a gorgeous rendering of ...

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. ...

Exit Lines: Popdose Goes To The Theatre

Amidst the 2012-2013 theatre season in New York comes a new column about the scene, long overdue. And Dw Dunphy, at least, is happy about it–he created this delightful graphic for it somewhere toward the end of the 2011-2012 one, and ...

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 ...

A Few Qwik Thoughts on the Netflix Split

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings left a present in subscribers’ email inboxes last night. It reads, in part:

It’s hard to write this after over 10 years of mailing DVDs with pride, but we think it is necessary: In a few weeks, ...

DVD Review: Criterionpalooza 2010

I heard my first Christmas song on the radio on Friday, and you know what means: the absolute hell of seasonal shopping. But Barnes and Noble is making it easier for movie lovers, by holding its twice-annual 50% off sale on DVDs ...

DVD Review: A “Bigger Than Life” Criterion Roundup

Once again Popdose didn’t send me to Cannes, and I imagine Toronto, Venice, and Telluride are off my itinerary. (If you think it should, start a Facebook campaign, or Twitter. I’d also like to host SNL.) But, thanks to a small pile ...

DVD Review: “Revanche” is a Disc Best Served Cold

Note to self: Sentiment outranks everything else when picking a Best Foreign Language Film winner in the Oscar pool. I’m not-so-secretly pleased that the stone-cold, auteurist-approved White Ribbon didn’t blue-ribbon it, despite critical hosannas. But my favorite, A Prophet (Un prophète), didn’t ...

DVD Review: Revisiting “Paris, Texas”

1984 was a great year for foreign-language and independent cinema in the U.S. Off the top of my head I can recall seeing the following at Chicago’s Fine Arts Theater, sadly defunct by the turn of the century: the Coen Brothers’ debut, ...