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DVD Releases for October 11

I can tell you right now, me doing DVD release news is not going to be a regular thing on this blog (much as I enjoy plugging my own crap on my blog cinecismonline.com/wordpress. Click on the movie titles to see  my full reviews), but this week is an exceptionally good week for DVD . . . → Read More: DVD Releases for October 11

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Exit Through the Gift Shop

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Who is Banksy? Is he an artist or a vandal? Is he a genius or a prankster? Or both?

Who is Thierry Guetta? Is he also an artist or a documentarian? Or neither? Is he Banksy?

No one knows Banksy’s identity, but he could be Orson Welles for all I know. His documentary “Exit Through the Gift Shop” is on par with the legendary director’s free-form film “F for Fake” in the way it explores the ins and outs of the modern, counter cultural art world. Continue reading Exit Through the Gift Shop

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“Modern Times”

“Modern Times” is available on DVD in the Criterion Collection today.

It took me watching and even occasionally feeling lukewarm about “The Gold Rush,” “City Lights” and two sittings of “Modern Times” to realize how good Charlie Chaplin was, and how much he has done for cinema. It is a shame that more people are not familiar with his name, because many of his films are timeless forms of comedy. Continue reading “Modern Times”

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“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”

“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” is available on DVD today. This review was originally published on cinecismonline.com

If “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” were a different movie with a slightly more mature subject matter, people may look at it and call its approach to cinematography as unique and revolutionary as Godard’s “Breathless.” There’s nothing that’s ever been made like it. It may have to settle for cult classic status instead, which will suit this film just fine. Continue reading “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”

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How to Train Your Dragon

New on DVD and Blu-Ray this past weekend.

Advertisers may think they know what “How to Train Your Dragon” is about. They see the cute dragon, they see the fat one, the scary, ugly one, and they see Gerard Butler’s name stapled onto the credits and they assume a madcap adventure made to be coupled in with trailers about movies with talking, live action cats and dogs. Thank goodness someone saw how elegant the flying sequences were in “Up” and “Avatar.” Continue reading How to Train Your Dragon

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Apocalypse Now

“Apocalypse Now” was just released in a special edition, three disc Blu-Ray pack that includes the original theatrical release (not available in any other format), the extended Redux version of the film and the documentary about the making of the film “Hearts of Darkness.”

Martin Sheen said about “Apocalypse Now” that if he knew then all that he would have to deal with over the agonizing 16 month shoot, one that sent him through the Philippine jungle and back and gave him a heart attack along the way, he would have never agreed to it. Today, he has no regrets, because I would imagine that not he, nor any critic on Earth, would think about Sheen having a heart attack while watching this masterpiece of cinema.

Francis Ford Coppola’s film is easily the best of the Vietnam War movies, and in my book one of the best of all time. To watch “Apocalypse Now” is to become immersed and dragged deeper into the horror that is war all while remaining distant, confused and utterly hopeless at the idea of ever fully understanding violence. Continue reading Apocalypse Now

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The Criterion Collection: ‘The Darjeeling Limited’

Wes Anderson’s “The Darjeeling Limited” is being added to the Criterion Collection today and is now available on DVD.

I find it almost pointless to attempt to describe and review “The Darjeeling Limited” because the best way to describe any element of the film would be by saying it is a Wes Anderson movie. What does it look like? It looks like Wes Anderson shot it. Is it funny? That would depend on whether you thought Wes Anderson movies were funny. What’s it about? I have no idea. Continue reading The Criterion Collection: ‘The Darjeeling Limited’

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DVD Review: ‘Watchmen’ Director’s Cut

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Ed note: This will most likely run in the 07/29 print edition of WEEKEND, but it’d be even older news by then, so here you go.

As the most dark, dense and dizzying film of 2009, “Watchmen” failed to catch on with audiences like the graphic novel it was based on did. But the overwhelming love for the novel pushed director Zack Snyder into a difficult position: he could adapt it religiously, panel-for-panel, or take some liberties. In the end, Snyder did more of the former than the latter, but the film adaptation drew mixed reviews at best. Continue reading DVD Review: ‘Watchmen’ Director’s Cut

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TV on DVD review: ‘24′ S7

Ed note: Again, this was a WEEKEND review product, but fits well here too!
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This is how a comeback is done folks. Continue reading TV on DVD review: ‘24′ S7

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TV on DVD Review: ‘Friday Night Lights’ S3

Ed note: This was originally written for WEEKEND, but not sure if it will run or not. Either way, this is as good a place as any.

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It is an over-used label in the television industry, but it must be said: “Friday Night Lights” is the best show you are not watching. Continue reading TV on DVD Review: ‘Friday Night Lights’ S3