TAKE SHELTER Blu-ray Review

     February 22, 2012

Take Shelter marks the second collaboration between Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) and his Shotgun Stories writer/director Jeff Nichols, and it only serves to verify that the promise this pairing demonstrated with their first outing was no fluke. Also like Shotgun …

SOURCE CODE Blu-ray Review

     July 19, 2011

Source Code is a fast-paced thriller in which the military can transport a soldier into the final 8 minutes of a dead man’s memory to gain access to a crime scene that has come and gone. This time-travelling plot device …

THE FIGHTER Blu-Ray Review

     April 6, 2011

It’s easy to write off sports movies nowadays, as they’ve become predictable affairs that do their utmost to cram messages about overcoming social inequalities and unearned feel-goodness down our throats. The days of Rocky and, although I hesitate to label …

The Criterion Collection Now Available on Hulu Plus

     February 15, 2011

Among film aficionados, the Criterion Collection can be a bittersweet product line: their releases represent the finest selection of international cinema of both yesteryear and today and boast immaculate transfers and packaging to boot, but our wallets are often too …

LEBANON Blu-Ray Review

     January 22, 2011

Set during the First Lebanon War, Lebanon is an Israeli war film that is presented entirely from the perspective of a band of boyish soldiers operating a tank through desolate streets. I’ve always been a sucker for “one room” dramas-like …

RUSH HOUR Blu-ray Review

     January 21, 2011

Having first seen director Brett Ratner’s Rush Hour with a less-refined taste in film during my youth may have left me a wee bit biased, but I still don’t consider it too much of a stretch to group this buddy-cop …

THE AMERICAN DVD Review

     January 19, 2011

Director Anton Corbijn’s The American made decent bank at the box office in September with a $35.6 million domestic rake, and yet it currently sits at a less-than-enticing 38% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. This is doubtless a product of …

MICMACS Blu-ray Review

     December 29, 2010

French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s (A Very Long Engagement, Amélie) latest, Micmacs-a revenge tale laden with arms trade satire and a light dash of romance-has finally hit store shelves in the “U.S. of A.” For those film lovers unfamiliar with Jeunet’s …