• Brewster McCloud

    Director Robert Altman’s oddball Brewster McCloud has attained something of a cult status for its darkly comic tale of a boy living in the Astrodome who plans to escape with a birdlike contraption as Houston is besieged by a series of weird murders. BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via Warner Archive; Warner; Comedy; $21.99 Blu-ray; Rated ‘R.’ … Continue reading “Brewster McCloud”

  • Distant Voices, Still Lives

    Terence Davies’ remarkable remembrance Distant Voices, Still Lives, is one bleak story, and yet its portrayal of Liverpool formative years during the ’40s and into the mid-’50s is remarkable — and, consistently moving. Davies’ look-back at a contender for eternity’s most dysfunctional family is autobiographical as well, and this is a significant source of its … Continue reading “Distant Voices, Still Lives”

  • The Orville: The Complete First Season

    Seth MacFarlane’s slick sci-fi throwback invites comparisons to “Star Trek” with its very nature, but pokes fun at sci-fi platitudes every chance it gets while still fully embracing them with a charming mix of humor and earnest storytelling. DVD Review: Fox; Sci-Fi Comedy; $29.99 DVD; Not rated. Stars Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Penny Johnson Jerald, … Continue reading “The Orville: The Complete First Season”

  • Operation Finale

    Munich meets Argo in this low-key depiction of Israel’s secret mission in the years after World War II to capture Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina and bring him to trial for his role in the Holocaust. BLU-RAY REVIEW: Universal; Drama; Box Office $17.61 million; $29.99 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray; Rated ‘PG-13’ for disturbing thematic content and … Continue reading “Operation Finale”

  • The Happytime Murders

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street 12/4/18; Universal; Comedy; Box Office $20.71 million; $29.99 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray; Rated ‘R’ for strong crude and sexual content and language throughout, and some drug material. Stars Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Banks, Maya Rudolph, Leslie David Baker, Joel McHale, Michael McDonald. Voices of Bill Barretta, Dorien Davies, Kevin Clash, Drew Massey. The Happytime … Continue reading “The Happytime Murders”

  • Tarzan’s Greatest Adventure

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Available via Warner Archive; Warner; Drama; $21.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Gordon Scott, Sara Shane, Anthony Quayle, Sean Connery. As the first of two unusually well-received Tarzan adventures released by Paramount Pictures in 1959 and 1960, Tarzan’s Greatest Adventure opens with an outrageous visual that some might momentarily think is from an unaired … Continue reading “Tarzan’s Greatest Adventure”

  • The Ice Harvest

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Kino Lorber; Drama; $29.95 Blu-ray; Rated ‘R’ for violence, language and sexuality/nudity. Stars John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Platt. The wildest double-bill I ever saw an ad for involved an Ohio drive-in the mid-1960s that managed to splice Becket with a re-issue of the Martin & Lewis girls’-school romp You’re … Continue reading “The Ice Harvest”

  • Mission: Impossible — Fallout

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street Date 12/4/18; Paramount; Action; Box Office $220.16 million; $29.99 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray, $37.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG-13’ for violence and intense sequences of action, and for brief strong language. Stars Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson, Henry Cavill, Sean Harris, Vanessa Kirby, Angela Bassett, Michelle Monaghan, Wes Bentley, Alec Baldwin.  … Continue reading “Mission: Impossible — Fallout”

  • Star Trek: Discovery — Season One

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Paramount/CBS; Sci-Fi; $41.99 DVD, $50.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, Jason Isaacs, Wilson Cruz, Michelle Yeoh, Mary Chieffo, James Frain. “Star Trek: Discovery,” the sixth live-action series to carry on the “Star Trek” legacy, in many ways seems like an attempt to reinterpret the … Continue reading “Star Trek: Discovery — Season One”

  • A Man Alone

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Kino Lorber; Western; $19.99 DVD, $29.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Ray Milland, Mary Murphy, Ward Bond, Raymond Burr. As the latest Kino Blu-ray of an under-appreciated sleeper shown at this year’s two MoMA Republic Pictures tributes under Martin Scorsese’s imprimatur, 1955’s A Man Alone is the movie that finally satisfied lead Ray Milland’s … Continue reading “A Man Alone”