Capsule Reviews - O-Q
Once DVD Review
Once is a charming, low-budget, low-keyed, intimate, unpretentious indie film set in contemporary Dublin. The film is poignant, and the ending is bittersweet. The DVD has a feature-length audio commentary by the filmmaker and the two lead actor-musicians.
Pride & Prejudice
A capsule review of Pride & Prejudice.
One Hour Photo DVD
A capsule review of One Hour Photo.
Review: "Ocean's Eleven" (2001) DVD
Even if you usually don't like heist movies, you'll probably enjoy "Ocean's Eleven" (2001). This film is not high art, but it is pure entertainment. Read my DVD overview and brief review of "Ocean's Eleven."
Review: "On the Edge" (2000) DVD
Although not quite a first-rate film, this heartfelt story about suicidal youths definitely does have its moments. Read a brief DVD overview and review of "On the Edge."
Review: "On the Waterfront" DVD
Read a quick overview and brief review of the "On the Waterfront" DVD. Find out why Marlon Brando is unforgettable in one the best films of the 1950s.
Review: "Once Upon a Time in America" DVD
I was mesmerized by the visual flow and haunting music of “Once Upon a Time in America.” I think the movie occasionally goes too far over the top, but it packs one whale of an emotional wallop.
Review: "Pearl Harbor" DVD
"Pearl Harbor" is a reasonably entertaining action movie about the Japanese attack on Oahu of December 7, 1941, but it's portrayal of human relationships is unconvincing. Read a quick overview and brief review of this popular DVD.
Review: "Persona" DVD
While this movie defies complete understanding, each time I see it, I find new nuances of meaning. The film takes on slippery issues such as reality and identity. But it has a hypnotic power, and each time I watch it, I'm drawn in deeper. Read a review of "Persona" on DVD.
Review: "Planet of the Apes" DVD
An overview and short review of "Planet of the Apes" DVD.
Review: "Pulp Fiction" Collector's Edition DVDs
Pulp Fiction" is a dark, violent comedy that satirizes our expectations of a crime drama. I love Tarantino’s dialogue and the way he tweaked crime movie clichés into something fresh. Read my review and DVD overview of "Pulp Fiction."
Review: "Punch-Drunk Love" DVD
I really enjoyed the odd combination of lyricism and edginess in this offbeat romantic comedy. I found the film’s quirky characters, surprising narrative, and stunning visual style very engaging. Read a short review of "Punch-Drunk Love."