• Jay & Silent Bob Reboot

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street 1/21/20; Lionsgate; Comedy; Box Office $3.41 million; $19.98 DVD, $21.99 Blu-ray; Rated ‘R’ for pervasive strong crude sexual content, language throughout, drug use and some nudity. Stars Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Harley Quinn Smith, Shannon Elizabeth, Jason Lee, Fred Armisen. The latest addition to Kevin Smith’s View-Askewniverse is an unexpected treat for … Continue reading “Jay & Silent Bob Reboot”

  • Holiday

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Criterion; Comedy; $29.95 DVD, $39.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Lew Ayres, Doris Nolan, Edward Everett Horton. Given a formidable screen team made up of two household names until the day each of them died, it can be surprising to note that the four pairings of Katharine Hebburn and Cary … Continue reading “Holiday”

  • Trapped

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Flicker Alley; Drama; $34.99 Blu-ray/DVD; Not rated. Stars Lloyd Bridges, Barbara Payton, John Hoyt. For a tawdry, if seductively so, minor melodrama that director Richard Fleischer apparently didn’t even mention in his memoirs despite early-career finesse with noir, Trapped is full of what genre enthusiasts, at least, would count as curio compensations. At … Continue reading “Trapped”

  • Joker

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street Date 1/7/20; Warner; Drama; Box Office $333.5 million; $28.98 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray, $44.95 UHD BD; Rated ‘R’ for strong bloody violence, disturbing behavior, language and brief sexual images. Stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Bill Camp, Shea Whigham, Marc Maron, Douglas Hodge, Josh Pais, … Continue reading “Joker”

  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:   Sony Pictures; Comedy; Box Office $141.06 million; $30.99 DVD, $38.99 Blu-ray, $45.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘R’ for language throughout, some strong graphic violence, drug use, and sexual references. Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Emile Hirsch, Margaret Qualley, Timothy Olyphant, Julia Butters, Austin Butler, Dakota Fanning, Bruce Dern, Mike Moh, Luke … Continue reading “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

  • The Bad and the Beautiful

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via Warner Archive; Warner; Drama; $21.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, Dick Powell, Gloria Grahame, Walter Pidgeon. For an actor who immortalized Spartacus not just for the movie masses but Billy Crystal’s joke bank as well, Kirk Douglas took his initial steps toward superstardom playing the lowest kind of … Continue reading “The Bad and the Beautiful”

  • The Story of Temple Drake

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Criterion; Drama; $29.95 DVD, $39.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Miriam Hopkins, William Garage, Jack La Rue, Florence Eldredge. For a movie that came out in 1933, the same year as Larry King and Roman Polanski were born (not to equate those individuals), Paramount’s The Story of Temple Drake remains one of the more obscure Hollywood … Continue reading “The Story of Temple Drake”

  • Glorifying the American Girl

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Kino Lorber; Musical; $19.95 DVD, $29.95 Blu-ray; Not Rated. Stars Mary Eaton, Eddie Cantor, Helen Morgan, Rudy Vallee. Other than a blink-and-you’ll-miss-him shot of Flo Ziegfeld himself from what appears to be something like a newsreel source, the legendary impresario had little to do with Florenz Ziegfeld’s Glorifying the American Girl other than … Continue reading “Glorifying the American Girl”

  • Great Day in the Morning

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via Warner Archive Warner; Western; $21.99 Blu-ray; Not Rated. Stars Virginia Mayo, Robert Stack, Ruth Roman, Raymond Burr, Alex Nicol. By the year Great Day in the Morning was released, owner Howard Hughes had finished ruining RKO Pictures to the point where he now could sell it — thus enabling him to … Continue reading “Great Day in the Morning”

  • The Far Country

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: MVD/Arrow; Western; $39.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars James Stewart, Ruth Roman, Corinne Calvet, Walter Brennan. Though his infectious smile directed mostly at Walter Brennan goes a long way to defuse this perception, 1954’s The Far Country surprises a little by casting James Stewart as a real hard-ass with some unattractive traits, given that … Continue reading “The Far Country”