SCANNERS Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

     August 14, 2014

David Cronenberg made six movies before Scanners, and it felt like all of them were a precursor to a great coming out.  Critics were shocked with what he put onscreen.  Nobody knew what to make of it.  They only knew …

BAD WORDS Blu-ray Review

     August 10, 2014

Movies like Bad Words tend to fiercely divide critics, with one half accusing them of empty shock tactics and the other half praising their edginess and daring. I fall into the latter camp with this one, though I can certainly …

NOAH Blu-ray Review

     July 30, 2014

The sign of a good religious picture is the controversy surrounding it.  Whenever a movie asks you to seriously grapple with theological issues, it’s bound to rile those who like their religion safe and comforting.  Noah certainly prompted its share …

I, FRANKENSTEIN Blu-ray Review

     July 10, 2014

Let’s talk bad movies for a while, for regardless of what its few defenders maintain, I, Frankenstein is resolutely bad. It was apparently assembled out of scenes cut from the Underworld movies: spliced together much like the monster at its …

JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT Blu-ray Review

     June 26, 2014

One wonders why, if Paramount were so keen to reboot the Jack Ryan franchise — and in fact developed a pretty good movie to do it with — that they would suddenly treat the whole endeavor like an embarrassment.  How …

DOUBLE INDEMNITY Blu-ray Review

     June 11, 2014

Movie or Blu-ray? Movie or Blu-ray? That’s a tricky question when reviewing the new version of Double Indemnity, unquestionably one of Hollywood’s great masterpieces and an absolute must-have for any serious film fans’ collection. You can’t do any better… despite …

Orson Welles’ TOUCH OF EVIL Blu-ray Review

     June 10, 2014

Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil generally represents the close of the “classic” film noir period that began in the 1940s.  Neo-noir continued of course, but Welles delivered the last true masterpiece of the original era.  It’s bled over into popular …

NURSE 3D Blu-ray Review

     April 29, 2014

The term “acquired taste” was made for movies like Nurse. It brazenly wears its exploitation status on its sleeve, daring critics to condemn it and then laughing in their faces when they do. It’s not overtly camp — the wit …

ENDER’S GAME Blu-ray Review

     April 23, 2014

If you’re looking for a film that deserves a second chance, Ender’s Game will certainly fit the bill. It came and went without much fanfare last fall, another adaptation of a beloved teen novel that failed to catch fire the …

CHINESE ZODIAC Blu-ray Review

     April 22, 2014

It’s hard to know how to take Jackie Chan these days. The iconic action star turned 60 earlier this month, and his mileage is definitely showing. Movies like Chinese Zodiac appear to take that into account, using a lot of …