“Tragedy has never looked more ravishing than in Roman Polanski’s elegiac epic. Criterion’s stunning Blu-ray transfer does complete justice to every frame of its pictorial grandeur, while also serving up a heaping helping of instructive special features.”
Read my entire review of Polanski’s gorgeous adaptation of Hardy’s classic novel, out late last month from Criterion, at Slant Magazine.
“Alain Robbe-Grillet’s films are as intricate and enigmatic as you might expect from the man who scripted the seminal French New Wave puzzle-picture Last Year at Marienbad. They’re also slyly humorous, intellectually playful, and intensely and perversely erotic.”
Read my review of these two seminal Robbe-Grillet films, out this week in gorgeous Blu-ray transfers from Redemption Films and Kino Lorber, at Slant Magazine.
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“Bruce Goldstein, director of repertory programming at New York’s legendary Film Forum, will be presenting The Tingler in the grand old style at The Carolina Theatre in Durham, North Carolina, with all the original gimmickry intact, as well as a few new surprises. Mr. Goldstein recently took time out to talk with me about William Castle, doing the gimmicks, and introducing audiences around the world to The Tingler.”
Read my entire interview with Bruce Goldstein at Movie Mezzanine.
“Nagisa Oshima’s Boy has the “ripped from the headlines” appeal of a timely social-problem film, recounting three months in the life of a struggling family (disabled veteran father, young stepmother, two children) that looks to get ahead by faking car accidents and blackmailing motorists into a hasty payoff, as seen through the eyes of the titular 10-year-old, complete with occasional voiceover narration.”
Read my review of Boy, playing for a week at NYC’s Film Forum, at Slant Magazine.
On MPI Home Video’s DVD release of Sightseers: “Demented and darkly hilarious, Ben Wheatley’s film gets a perfectly acceptable DVD transfer, as well as some insightful interview-based extras, from MPI Media Group.”
Read my entire review at Slant Magazine.
Here’s my ballot for Slant Magazine’s Best Films of 2013 (with a link to the list), for which I wrote up both the general introduction as well as the #2 film, my favorite of the last year:
1. Inside Llewyn Davis
4. Computer Chess
5. Only God Forgives
6. The World’s End
7. Spring Breakers
8. Frances Ha
9. Upstream Color
Honorable Mention: Before Midnight, Berberian Sound Studio, Drug War, Like Someone in Love, The Lords of Salem, Room 237, Passion, Reality, To the Wonder, and Vanishing Waves
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“Dumped unceremoniously into a handful of theaters earlier this year, Brian De Palma’s sexy and savage Passion gets a spectacular Blu-ray transfer (and precious little else in the way of supplements) from Entertainment One.”
Read my review of De Palma’s excellent new erotic thriller, out last month, at Slant Magazine.