Two Essential DVD/Blu-Ray Box Sets Coming Out This November

This may be the greatest month for box set releases ever! Get your pen ready, and make sure to include these two on your holiday gift list! As you all know, I have been following the progress of two box set releases in the past few months, both of which can be considered opposites on…

Movie Review: The Phantom Carriage (1920)

For someone who touts himself as a film buff who has seen many different kinds of movies throughout many different eras, the one style that I have always had a problem sitting through are silent movies. Masterpieces such as Nosferatu and Metropolis have only garnered my attention for roughly half of the showing before I…

Movie Review: Ride with the Devil (1999)

The Civil War is a subject that is unfortunately rarely tackled by filmmakers, but what is even more scarce than that is how well, and accurately, it is portrayed on the big screen. I cannot attest to the accuracy of Ang Lee’s film, because my knowledge of the Western Theater of the war is not…

Movie Review: Antichrist (2009)

When I first watched Antichrist in November, I literally sat for five minutes after the end credits began to roll just to think about what I had just seen. I thought it was a good movie, but far from my understanding. This film just seemed to pile on one confusing and deeply symbolic scene after…

Why Go to Film Class When There’s the Criterion Collection?

No brand of DVD’s has ever gotten me more excited or caused me to sing songs of praise like the Criterion Collection has, since I first discovered them a few years ago. On this site, whenever I have reviewed a movie released by the CC I have made special note of it, because the product…

Movie Review: The Seventh Seal (1957)=

It took three viewings of Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal before I finally understood and appreciated what it truly meant. This film is a masterpiece, and Bergman himself once called it his personal favorite, out of the 63 films he directed in his career that spanned nearly six decades. The themes presented in this film…

Attention Film Lovers: Major Criterion Collection Sale at B&N

About two hours ago I received an email from Barnes and Noble announcing a major sale of all Criterion Collection DVD’s; a whopping 50% off. I swear by movies released by this company, because they put forth a superior product, and dedicate themselves to the preservation and restoration of films as an art form. Criterion…

Movie Review: Che (2008)

Very rarely does the Criterion Collection release a new movie, so if they do, it must be good. There was a bit of confusion when I first went to watch Che, though. There are two parts to this film, and Netflix lists it as the same movie, with part one on the first disc, and…

Movie Review: The Last Wave (1977)

The first time I watched this movie almost a year ago, I did not know what I was seeing. It was boring, confusing, and drawn out. For some reason, last week, I was sitting at the computer and something clicked in my mind telling me to get the movie again and give it another shot….

Movie Review: The Battle of Algiers (1966)

This movie was highly recommended to me, mainly because of the fact that I swear by films the Criterion Collection releases onto DVD. They always deal with good movies, and they will never let one slip by that is not deserving of their brand name. The Battle of Algiers was everything I expected it to…