• Days of Wine and Roses

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via Warner Archive; Warner; Drama; $21.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick, Charles Bickford, Jack Klugman. When I finally got around to seeing it for the first time maybe 25 years ago, the toughness of Days of Wine and Roses in its original “Playhouse 90” TV incarnation from 1958 really surprised … Continue reading “Days of Wine and Roses”

  • Charley Varrick

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Kino Lorber; Drama; $29.95 Blu-ray; Rated ‘R.’ Stars Walter Matthau, Joe Don Baker, Andy Robinson, Felicia Farr. Don Siegel’s much-deserved newfound glory as a full-fledged ‘A’ director was put to use in a slightly eccentric way for his first picture after Dirty Harry turned into a worldwide phenomenon. Though it’s as mean, lean … Continue reading “Charley Varrick”

  • The Mandalorian: Chapter 1

    STREAMING REVIEW: Disney+; Sci-Fi; Stars Pedro Pascal, Carl Weathers, Nick Nolte, Werner Herzog, Omid Abtahi, Taika Waititi, Horatio Sanz, Brian Posehn. This is a great start for a series that promises to inject some of the old-school excitement back into the “Star Wars” brand that seems to have leaked out a bit from fan reactions … Continue reading “The Mandalorian: Chapter 1”

  • My Favorite Year

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Available via Warner Archive; Warner; Comedy; $21.99 Blu-ray; Rated ‘PG.’ Stars Peter O’Toole, Mark Linn-Baker, Jessica Harper, Joseph Bologna. Richard Benjamin struck gold as a director in a way he never would again in 1982’s My Favorite Year, a modest but transcendently sweeter-than-ever comedy inspired by the same “Sid Caesar Experience” that long … Continue reading “My Favorite Year”

  • David Crosby: Remember My Name

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Sony Pictures; Documentary; $25.99 DVD, $24.99 Blu-ray; Rated ‘R’ for language, drug material and brief nudity. Featuring David Crosby, Cameron Crowe, Roger McGuinn, Jackson Browne. I’ve never heard how Keith Richards responds to all the “How can you still be alive?” jokes but also related legitimate questions that have followed him around for … Continue reading “David Crosby: Remember My Name”

  • Good Boys

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street Date 11/12/19; Universal; Comedy; Box Office $83.08 million; $29.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray; Rated ‘R’ for strong crude sexual content, drug and alcohol material, and language throughout — all involving tweens. Stars Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon, Molly Gordon, Midori Francis, Izaac Wang, Millie Davis, Josh Caras, Will Forte, Sam Richardson, … Continue reading “Good Boys”

  • When We Were Kings

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Criterion; Documentary; $29.95 DVD, $39.95 Blu-ray; Rated ‘PG’ for images of violence, brief nudity and some language. Featuring Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Norman Mailer, George Plimpton. “No. No way. I’m not going to do it. I’m not going to pay that much money to watch Ali get killed in the ring.” That was … Continue reading “When We Were Kings”

  • The Return of Martin Guerre

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Cohen; Drama; $22.98 DVD, $39.98 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Gerard Depardieu, Nathalie Baye. You don’t need stolen credit card numbers or bank information to engage in identity theft, a reality that extends backwards in screen history well beyond “Mad Men” icon Don Draper to possibly even French tillers of land. And it’s this … Continue reading “The Return of Martin Guerre”

  • The Lion King (2019)

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Disney; Family; Box Office $543.2 million; $29.99 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG’ for sequences of violence and peril, and some thematic elements. Voices of Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, James Earl Jones. Director Jon Favreau’s new version of The … Continue reading “The Lion King (2019)”

  • The Tall Men

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via ScreenArchives.com; Twilight Time; Western; $29.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Clark Gable, Jane Russell, Robert Ryan, Cameron Mitchell. A substantial hit in its day that made Clark Gable give a damn because he took a percentage deal against his already meaty salary, The Tall Men is a combination cattle drive drama/wagon train … Continue reading “The Tall Men”