ERNEST & CELESTINE Blu-ray Review

     February 6, 2015

Hollywood, sadly, has turned its back on traditionally-styled, 2D animation for the big screen.  With the rare exception of The Princess and the Frog, animated films from the major studios have all recently been of the computer-generated variety, barely separated …

SAVING MR. BANKS Blu-ray Review

     February 6, 2015

Sometimes a movie that screams Academy Award-pedigree just doesn’t score the nominations–let alone the rewards.  Such was the case in 2013 for Saving Mr. Banks, which landed numerous critics’ award nominations but tallied only one Oscar nom (for Best Original …

JULES AND JIM Criterion Blu-ray Review

     February 6, 2015

Love triangles in cinema are as old as cinema itself, but most play out along a few generally similar lines.  Few take a path so unique as the course taken in François Truffaut’s Jules and Jim, a landmark of the …

THE JUNGLE BOOK Diamond Edition Blu-ray Review

     February 6, 2015

I did not grow up watching Disney animated movies like most kids (ironically, I am now conversant in them almost to the level of a true Disnoid).  Indeed, I only remember having seen three in my young years: Lady and …

JOBS Blu-ray Review

     February 6, 2015

Biopics are tricky beasts.  At their best, they can provide deeper insight into their protagonists–even when certain details are combined, eliminated or otherwise fictionalized.  On the other end of the spectrum lie a plethora of problems, such as blasé regurgitation …

NASHVILLE Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

     February 6, 2015

Perhaps there is no greater mark for a director than his or her name being associated not just with a genre but with a signature style uniquely his own.  Speak the name “Robert Altman” and immediately his singular imprint leaps …

GREY GARDENS Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

     February 6, 2015

Documentaries can be odd beasts.  At their most pure, they are exactly what the word implies, a document of life, no judgement or coloring, just capturing their subjects.  Many, if not most, go well beyond that, structured and designed to …

SLACKER Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

     February 6, 2015

Eschewing traditional plot in a non-documentary feature film is a challenging proposition, one that more often than not results in failure.  Plot is such a primary and, for the audience, enveloping element of most movies that to succeed without it …

42 Blu-ray Review

     February 6, 2015

I love baseball movies.  To be honest, I love sports movies as a whole, but baseball movies in particular (it is perhaps needless to say that I love the games).  Alas, sports movies are a mixed bag in terms of …