THAT OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE Blu-ray Review

     February 6, 2015

Reading the description of a film–and I’m not just talking the marketing spin, but even an honest informative blurb–oftentimes results in false preconceptions about a movie.  That Obscure Object of Desire is just such a film.  “Consumed by his obsessive …

ANNA KARENINA Blu-ray Review

     February 6, 2015

Tackling a seminal work of fiction always presents a filmmaker with a unique set of challenges, even more so than book adaptations in general.  For director Joe Wright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard on Anna Karenina, those included not only condensing …

TO ROME WITH LOVE Blu-ray Review

     February 6, 2015

Woody Allen seems to elicit strong responses from a large majority of cinephiles, either rapid fandom or extreme distaste. The middle ground, of which I am a member, is relatively small.  I have always taken each Allen film on its …

A CAT IN PARIS Blu-ray Review

     February 6, 2015

Traditional animation has sadly been all but lost amidst the explosion of computer-generated “big Hollywood” cartoons over the last 15 years.  Even films such as The Princess and the Frog were CG made to look like it was old-school 2D.  …

TERMINATOR ANTHOLOGY Blu-ray Review

     February 6, 2015

Movie series take many forms. Some, such as James Bond, are almost like non-episodic television, with very little connection between the individual films save for the primary character. On the other end of the spectrum is The Lord of the …

JEFF, WHO LIVES AT HOME Blu-ray Review

     February 6, 2015

I have yet to embrace fully the mumblecore genre. I want to love it, having come of age as a filmmaker working on the indies of the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, but perhaps that is my problem: I see …

CHARIOTS OF FIRE Blu-ray Review

     February 6, 2015

A few reviews back I wrote about how interesting it is to revisit a film I watched once many years ago and haven’t seen since.  It is a far different experience than viewing a new film, an old film one …

ALBERT NOBBS Blu-ray Review

     February 6, 2015

A sad film about a sad woman who pays multiple prices—including, eventually, the ultimate price—for daring to pursue her dream…so sums up Rodrigo García’s Albert Nobbs.  And in that description lays the film’s primary disappointment. Albert Nobbs stars Glenn Close …

WINGS Criterion Blu-ray Review

     February 6, 2015

It is a sad fact of film history that, for much of its existence, the movie studios did not appreciate the value of their creations as archive-worthy artistic endeavors—let alone public interest in props, costumes and other tools of the …

DESIGN FOR LIVING Criterion Blu-ray Review

     February 6, 2015

When those of us who have grown up watching modern cinema view pre-Production Code movies, it can be easy for us to ask, “What’s the big deal?”  By today’s standards, much of what was considered “morally questionable” enough to spur …