JOBS Blu-ray Review

     February 5, 2014

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 1, 2014

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

     January 9, 2014

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

     November 9, 2013

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

     August 28, 2013

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 …