Jodorowsky’s Dune (Frank Pavich, 2013)

jodorowskysdunebrJodorowsky’s Dune, equal parts late-life encomium for a cinematic visionary and elegy for a failed film project, gets a fair shake from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, with a solid dual-format A/V transfer and a brace of fairly interesting deleted scenes.”

Read my whole review of this bracing new doc, out today on home video and VOD, only at Slant Magazine.

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Cannes Film Festival 2014 Coverage

nationalgalleryNow you can find all my coverage of this year’s Cannes Film Festival for Slant Magazine in one handy place. Click here.

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Video Watchdog #177

177As promised, the latest issue of Video Watchdog contains not one but two (count ‘em!) reviews by yours truly, and it’s a double helping of Criterion Collection wonderfulness: Guillermo del Toro’s The Devil’s Backbone and John Frankenheimer’s Seconds.

Available in fine bookstores everywhere. Grab your copy or subscribe!

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Wonderwall (Joe Massot, 1968)

wonderwallbr“Wonderwall is a heady trip best taken for the sensory provocation of its eye-popping set designs and the spaced-out world music ambience of its soundtrack. Barring a few minor caveats, Shout! Factory’s Blu-ray transfer renders that prospect more stimulating than it’s ever been.”

Read my full review of Joe Massot’s psychedelic whatsit Wonderwall, out last month on a mostly satisfying Blu-ray package from Shout! Factory, at Slant Magazine.

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Il Sorpasso (Dino Risi, 1962)

sorpassobr“The road leads nowhere in Dino Risi’s Il Sorpasso, a searing sociological X-ray that lays bare the true cost of Italy’s early-’60s economic miracle, finally available on home video in Criterion’s gorgeously packaged dual-format presentation.”

Read my review of Il Sorpasso, out this week in a spotless Blu-ray/DVD transfer from Criterion, at Slant Magazine.

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Video Watchdog #176

1148993_10202326674661422_1437467561_nLook for my review of Alex Cox’s cult classic Repo Man (pictured in thumbnail on the cover) in the latest issue of Video Watchdog. I’ll be contributing regularly over at VW, so if you don’t subscribe already, you might consider signing up for one of the best genre and cult film-oriented magazines out there.

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Godzilla (Ishirô Honda, 1954)

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“Rarely has the open wound of widespread devastation been transposed to celluloid with greater visceral impact. Put another way, Godzilla is the Germany Year Zero of monster movies.”

Read my review of Godzilla, which plays for a week at NYC’s Film Forum in preparation for the big-budget, big lizard remake that comes out next month, at Slant Magazine.

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