DEEP DARK CANYON

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 93 minutes

All of the cast members in “Deep Dark Canyon” are seasoned professionals, even if they’re not household names, and they all turn in solid performances that keep the movie grounded in reality…


Posted on October 19, 2012 by

GET A LIFE: THE COMPLETE SERIES (DVD)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 840 minutes

“Get a Life” was well ahead of its time when it debuted on the then-new Fox network in 1990, and it remains that way today…


Posted on October 14, 2012 by

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: SEASON THREE (DVD)

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 300 minutes

This two-disc “Adventures of Tintin: Season Three” DVD set wraps up the series with 13 episodes that take the characters to South America, the moon, and the Red Sea, among other exotic locales. Unfortunately, there are no bonus features…


Posted on August 26, 2012 by

THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 109 minutes

This Blu-ray edition of “The Royal Tenenbaums” ports over all of the bonus features from the DVD release of a decade ago, including the insert with an essay by Kent Jones, so this is only a worthwhile upgrade if you have a setup that takes advantage of Blu-ray’s extra resolution…


Posted on August 26, 2012 by

MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: VOLUME XXIV (DVD)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 480 minutes

“Mystery Science Theater 3000″ Volume 24 offers up another solid collection of four episodes, along with a smattering of bonus features that shed some light on producer Sandy Frank, bane of the “MST3K” crew, as well as what Frank Coniff was up to after he left the show, among other things…


Posted on August 16, 2012 by

THE SAPHEAD (BLU-RAY)

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 77 minutes

“The Saphead” is noteworthy as a piece of history — it was Buster Keaton’s first starring role after rising to prominence in Fatty Arbuckle’s shorts — but it’s not a particularly good film, and it features none of the physical comedy for which he would later be known…


Posted on July 11, 2012 by

THE 39 STEPS: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY)

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 86 minutes

Criterion’s new Blu-ray release of “The 39 Steps” gives this classic film the treatment it deserves, complete with bonus features that put it in the context of Hitchock’s early work in England, before he moved to America and became a household name…


Posted on July 7, 2012 by

THE SARAH SILVERMAN PROGRAM: THE COMPLETE SERIES (DVD)

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 694 minutes

“The Sarah Silverman Program: The Complete Series” includes not only all 32 episodes but also enough commentaries, writers conversations, San Diego Comic-Con panels, behind-the-scenes bits, audition videos, webisodes, and other stuff to keep you busy for days on end…


Posted on June 21, 2012 by

THE GOLD RUSH: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY)

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 72 minutes

Criterion’s latest “film class in a box” features an in-depth look at Charlie Chaplin’s 1925 and 1942 versions of “The Gold Rush.” As an added bonus, your professor secured a painstakingly reconstructed copy of the silent edition…


Posted on June 20, 2012 by

THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY (BLU-RAY)

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: G
Running Time: 95 minutes

“The Secret World of Arrietty,” based on the classic “Borrowers” series of books, is another solid outing from Studio Ghibli, but this Blu-ray release leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to bonus features, which is a shame given all the background material just waiting to be mined…


Posted on May 28, 2012 by

BEING JOHN MALKOVICH: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY)

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 113 minutes

Some movies are clearly a product of their time. You get a sense while watching them that they are a reflection of their era, and they couldn’t have been made a decade earlier or a decade later. I’ve always thought “Being John Malkovich” was one of those films…


Posted on May 27, 2012 by

MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: VOLUME XXIII (DVD)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 480 minutes minutes

Volume 23 in Shout! Factory’s excellent series of “Mystery Science Theater 3000″ collections (they picked up the numbering where Rhino left off) may not be a home run, but it’s a solid double that should satisfy the fans with its four solid episodes and smattering of bonus features that give us a little more insight into the series’ place in the Hollywood ecosystem…


Posted on April 19, 2012 by

MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: THE WILD WORLD OF BATWOMAN AND GIRL IN GOLD BOOTS (DVD)

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 180 minutes

Shout! Factory’s latest pair of standalone “Mystery Science Theater 3000″ releases offer two different looks at the series’ development: “The Wild World of Batwoman,” from season five, is Mike Nelson’s third as host, while “Girl in Gold Boots” is a season ten episode that showcases “MST3K” at its peak…


Posted on April 19, 2012 by

IN THEIR OWN WORDS (DVD)

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 351 minutes

This excellent BBC series offers a wealth of insight from many of the greatest thinkers and novelists of the 20th century, including Virginia Woolf, George Orwell, J.R.R. Tolkien, Milton Friedman, Salman Rushdie, Marshall McLuhan, and many others…


Posted on April 18, 2012 by

WORLD ON A WIRE: CRITERION COLLECTION (DVD)

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 212 minutes

The virtual reality explored in Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 1973 made-for-German-TV movie “World on a Wire” may seem quaint by today’s standards, but it was a prescient look at where technology was headed at a time when computers confused most people…


Posted on February 28, 2012 by

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