Monday, October 1, 2012

SIDELINE: MORE REVIEWS FOR 9/12

My reviews of non-Criterion movies from September.


IN THEATRES...

Bachelorette, Kirsten Dunst and Isla Fisher lead a great cast into some crass territory the night before the wedding.

Compliance, dramatizing real-life events about extreme prank calls made on fast food restaurants and their employees, a film to test your ethical fortitude.

For a Good Time, Call...or as I like to call it Phone Sex and the City. I know that's not funny, but neither is the movie.

Looper, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a time-bending hitman. From the director of Brick and The Brothers Bloom.

The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson's latest bid for a slot amongst the American classics of the 1970s. I'd say he got there.

Red Hook Summerthe latest Spike Lee film, takes us back to some familiar ground to tackle difficult subject matter in a fiercely compelling fashion.


ON BD/DVD...

The Babymakersperhaps the least funny comedy of the year. I like Paul Schneider and Olivia Munn, but there's no salvaging this weak script. Directed by Jay Chandrasekhar (Supertroopers).

Battle Circusa 1950s Korean War movie in which Humphrey Bogart, I kid you not, provides the template for Hawkeye Pierce.

Bored to Death: The Complete Third Season is unfortunately also the last of this literary comedy with Jason Schwartzman.

Damsels in DistressWhit Stillman's return to cinema proves he is as charming and anachronistic as ever. Plus, Greta Gerwig!

The Dark Mirrora psychological thriller from Robert Siodmak, starring Olivia De Havilland as twins, one of whom may be a murderer.

Korczak, Andrzej Wajda's devastating drama about a doctor in the Warsaw ghetto in WWII.

The Loved Ones. Inventing a new genre: torture prom. Absolute trash.

Macbeth, Orson Welles' skewed version of Shakespeare finally makes it to DVD.

Man-Trap, a post-noir love triangle gone wrong.


My Son JohnLeo McCarey's 1952 propaganda drama. "Mama, I think our boy may be a Commie."

Pursued, an excellent melding of western and romance starring an appropriately fatalistic Robert Mitchum.

The Salt of Life, another charming slice of Italian life from the director of Mid-August Lunch.

Secret Beyond the Door, in which Fritz Lang attempts to do a cover version of Hitchcock'Rebecca.

Windjammer: The Voyage of the Christian Radicha fluffy 1958 documentary noted for its use of the Cinerama widescreen format--which the Blu-Ray does an awesome job replicating.


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