Citizen Kane DVD
Citizen Kane (1941) was Orson Welles’ film debut, and in it he created an enduring masterpiece that is considered by many -- myself included -- to be the greatest movie ever made. Read a review of this classic drama on DVD.
Closer DVD Review
Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, and Clive Owen all give fine performances in this talky drama directed by Mike Nichols.
Gosford Park DVD
Gosford Park is a drama directed by Robert Altman, and it's at the level of his best work, including M*A*S*H, Nashville, and The Player. The Gosford Park screenplay is outstanding, and screenwriter Julian Fellowes deservedly won an Academy Award for it. Find out more about this well-crafted film in my DVD review.
In the Bedroom DVD
In the Bedroom is essentially a hard-hitting drama about an American family dealing with tragedy. But eventually the film took a turn into thriller territory that was too abrupt for me. Find out more about this movie in my DVD review.
Mean Streets DVD
Years ago, I saw Mean Streets in a theater and loved it. As the years went by, Scorsese became famous for his great films Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and Goodfellas, but I consider Mean Streets to be at least as good as any of his movies. Read a review of this drama movie on DVD.
Raging Bull DVD
Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull is arguably the greatest American biopic ever made. Based on the life of boxer Jake La Motta, I see the movie as a subtle character study of an unlikable man who relates to the world by giving and taking punishment. Read a review of Raging Bull on DVD.
Runaway Jury DVD
Based on a novel by John Grisham, Runaway Jury (2003) is unabashedly pulpy, but I found it very entertaining. The plot is implausible, but the expert pacing, New Orleans location shooting, and slick production values helped overcome the film’s weaknesses. Read a review of this movie on DVD.
Seabiscuit, based on the best-selling nonfiction book by Laura Hillenbrand, is one of the most entertaining films I've seen in a long time. Featuring fine performances by Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire, and Chris Cooper, it's a terrific piece of Americana. Read a review of Seabiscuit on DVD.
Sexy Beast DVD Review
Ben Kingsley and Ray Winstone give splendid performances in Sexy Beast, an unconventional, character-driven gangster drama. Read a review of the movie Sexy Beast on DVD.
Sunset Boulevard DVD
This movie is an unusual mix of black comedy and film noir. Sunset Boulevard is an accessible, well-crafted Hollywood movie, but at the same time it has the density and resonance I expect from an art-house film. Read a review of Sunset Boulevard on DVD.
The Aviator DVD
Directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, The Aviator was nominated for eleven Academy Awards and won five. I think this movie was one of 2004's very best. Read a review of this drama on DVD.
The Big Red One DVD
The Big Red One follows four young American dogface infantrymen and their sergeant (Lee Marvin) from 1942 to 1945 as they fight in North Africa, Sicily, France, Belgium, Germany, and Czechoslovakia. There are many action sequences, but I consider the movie to be more of a drama. Read a review of the movie The Big Red One: The Reconstruction on DVD.
The Motorcycle Diaries DVD
A combination docudrama and travelogue, The Motorcycle Diaries chronicles a long, unhurried, circuitous trip from Buenos Aires to Venezuela that Guevara took when he was in his early twenties. Read a review of this movie on DVD.
The Quiet American DVD
Because of its compelling mix of the political and the personal, along with Michael Caine's superb performance, this drama drew me in completely. Read a review of this movie on DVD.
The Sopranos Season Three DVD
The Sopranos is the best dramatic TV series I have ever seen. The first two seasons of the show set a very high standard, and when I watched the third season on DVD recently, I was pleased to see that it was every bit as good as the first two seasons. Read a review of Sopranos Season Three on DVD.
The Third Man DVD Review
A review of this unusual film noir on DVD.
Transamericais a comedy-drama starring Felicity Huffman, who got a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance.
Vera Drake DVD
Vera Drake is a powerful British drama that was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Actress (Imelda Staunton), Best Director (Mike Leigh), and Best Original Screenplay (Leigh again). As far as I am concerned, the movie was one of 2004's best. Read a review of Vera Drake on DVD.
The Queen DVD
Helen Mirren gives a towering performance as Elizabeth II in this drama movie based on recent history. Read a review of this movie on DVD.