DVD Reviews - #-C
'Black Swan' DVD Review
An Academy Award nominee for Best Picture, Black Swan (2010) stars Natalie Portman in a bravura performance that earned her an Oscar for Best Actress. The movie also received Academy Award nominations for Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing and Best Director (Darren Aronofsky).
'Che' (Criterion Collection) DVD Review
Benicio del Toro gives a superb performance as the title character in Che, Steven Soderbergh's idiosyncratic Spanish-language biopic about Marxist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara (1928-1967).
2001: A Space Odyssey DVD Review
Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) is one of my all-time favorites. It's one of the films that started me on a life-long love of the movies.
2046 DVD Review
"This movie is about how a person deals with his love stories in the past." So says writer-director Wong Kar Wai about his film 2046 (2004) in the behind-the-scenes documentary on the DVD. The movie centers around a man named Chow Mo Wan (Tony Leung) recalling his relationships with women in Hong Kong and Singapore in the 1960's. Read a review of 2046 on DVD.
A Beautiful Mind DVD Review
Winner of four Academy Awards including Best Picture, A Beautiful Mind is a biopic about gifted, but troubled, math genius John Nash.
American Wedding Review
Although American Wedding offers little other than entertainment, I recommend this sweet-natured, laugh-out-loud comedy. However, it's not for people who don't like sophomoric, raunchy, vulgar humor.
Anne Frank Remembered DVD Review
Winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, Anne Frank Remembered (1995) does a better job of putting a human face on the Holocaust than any movie I know.
Blazing Saddles DVD Review
This is one of the most hilarious movies I've ever seen.
Born Into Brothels DVD Review
Born Into Brothels won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and many other prizes. When I watched it on DVD, I found it very moving. Also, the extras on the DVD enriched my experience of watching the documentary. Read a review of this movie on DVD.
Boudu Saved From Drowning DVD Review
Boudu is one of the relatively few movies that not only makes me chuckle while I'm watching it, but makes me smile every time I think about it later.
Breathless DVD Review
A review of Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless (1960) on DVD.
Brokeback Mountain DVD Review
Heath Ledger creates one of the most memorable characters in cinema history in Brokeback Mountain, a melancholy drama about forbidden love. Read a full-length review of of this movie on DVD.
Broken Flowers DVD Review
Bill Murray gives a superb performance as the star of Broken Flowers (2005), a bittersweet film that also features appearances by Sharon Stone, Julie Delpy, Jessica Lange, Tilda Swinton and Jeffrey Wright. I found this movie, which won the Grand Prix at Cannes, highly enjoyable when I watched it on DVD. Read a review of Broken Flowers on DVD.
Casino Royale DVD Review
A franchise reboot with a new incarnation of James Bond, Casino Royale offers top-notch entertainment with something for everyone.
Cinderella Man DVD Review
Cinderella Man (2005) is an old-fashioned, well-crafted, feel-good sports biopic, and I think it makes a nearly perfect star vehicle for Russell Crowe as boxing great James J. Braddock.
Closer DVD Review
Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, and Clive Owen all give fine performances this talky drama directed by Mike Nichols.
Closer DVD Review
Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, and Clive Owen all give fine performances in this talky drama directed by Mike Nichols.
The Aviator DVD Review
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.
The Barbarian Invasions DVD Review
The Barbarian Invasions won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. When I watched this emotionally engaging movie on DVD, it made me both laugh and cry.
The Battle of Algiers DVD Review
Read a review of the Criterion Collection three-disc DVD set of "The Battle of Algiers."
The Big Red One DVD Review
The Big Red One: The Reconstruction is a World War II combat movie that was showcased at Cannes.
The Bourne Identity DVD Review
A DVD review of the slick spy thriller The Bourne Identity.
City of God DVD Review
I can certainly see why City of God was nominated for four Academy Awards: Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Director.
DVD Pick: 'The American'
A review of the The American on DVD.
DVD Pick: 'Biutiful'
Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, the Spanish-language drama 'Biutiful' was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.
'The Adjustment Bureau' DVD Review
This sci-fi romance pairs Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, and they make an appealing couple with strong onscreen romantic chemistry.