THE HOLLOW CROWN DVD Review

     February 10, 2015

I’m far from being the biggest Shakespeare scholar on the block, so having me review The Hollow Crown might not seem like the best idea at first blush.  However, the beauty of this mini-series is how accessible it is to …

HANNIBAL Recap: “Buffett Froid”

     May 30, 2013

First of all, if you hadn’t heard, Hannibal has been renewed for a second season, so everyone can breathe a sigh of relief.  After that, go ahead and scream, because “Buffett Froid” was properly horrifying.  It was also a great example …

HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS Unrated Cut Review

     February 10, 2015

Writer-director Tommy Wirkola’s style is one that will either delight you with its over-the-top gore and sick brand of humor, or will disgust you for the same reasons.  I’m happily in the former camp.  My first introduction to Wirkola’s work …

THE IMPOSTER DVD Review

     February 10, 2015

Committing a crime for money makes sense to people.  But when someone pulls off an elaborate, astonishing crime for no monetary gain, it can be baffling.  Bart Layton‘s documentary The Imposter tells one of these such cases.  It’s a shocking, …

SHAZAM! THE COMPLETE LIVE-ACTION SERIES DVD Review

     February 10, 2015

It’s amazing to look back from our current superhero renaissance and remember a time when they weren’t the thundering engines driving pop culture.  They didn’t get any blockbuster movies back then; they were lucky to have a few lunchboxes and …

MONSIEUR LAZHAR DVD Review

     February 10, 2015

Films about teachers and students are commonly inspirational melodramas about overcoming adversity inside and outside the classroom. The teacher is usually a newcomer to the school and initially dismissed by the students, but over the course of 90 minutes or …

DETACHMENT DVD Review

     February 10, 2015

Over the past ten years, a plethora of movies have been made about American schoolteachers. Some of our on-screen educators have been good (Hilary Swank inspiring at-risk students in Freedom Writers), some bad (Cameron Diaz sleeping off hangovers during class …

TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY DVD Review

     February 10, 2015

Modern spy fiction owes debts to two British authors. Ian Fleming created James Bond, who became the spy movie franchise over the past few decades. Fleming’s formula has also worked in dozens of other films—beautiful girls, clever gadgets, exotic locations. …

Treme Season 2 DVD Review

     February 10, 2015

The first season of Treme faced the unique challenge of making New Orleans approachable for outsiders.  Viewers had to be immersed (and entertained) in a world with hurricane aftermath, generations of racial tension and an exclusive music scene. Somehow David …