DVD Review: Clambake

The films of Elvis Presley are almost completely fluffy and forgettable.  1967’s “Clambake” is no exception.  That said, while these films are playing on the screen, there is something continuously entertaining about them. In “Clambake,” Presley plays Scott Hayward, the son of a well-known and well-heeled business owner. 

DVD Review: Chopper

If you look up “bad-ass” in the dictionary, I have no doubt that there is a picture of Mark Brandon Read.  Andrew Dominik’s first movie, “Chopper,” is one of the most interesting, amusing, entertaining and fascinating movie I think I’ve ever seen.

The Unseen: Downhill Racer

Editor’s note: The Unseen is a somewhat regular column, looking at movies that are out of print, never released on DVD and otherwise hard to find. I think I have underestimated the work of Michael Ritchie.  Sure, I enjoyed his later work, (especially “Fletch,” and the original “Bad News Bears,”) but I always thought of …

DVD Review: The Party

When writer/director Blake Edwards presented this script to Peter Sellers, the actor was surprised by the script’s length.  The whole thing ran only 56 pages.  In reality, the script could have been one page long.  Hell, it could have been one sentence long.  “Peter Sellers goes to a party.”  That’s all you need.  Because that’s …

DVD Review: Wind Chill

Gregory Jacobs’ “Wind Chill,” is a horror movie that slipped out into theaters a couple of years ago.  However, I’ve been reading more and more about it recently, (Mr. Peele’s Sardine Liqueour wrote up a very nice review,) and the petigree, (Jacob’s previous film, “Criminal,” was a fun thriller, and two of this films producers …

DVD Review: Zack and Miri Make a Porno

What happens when the eternal teenager grows up?  Kevin Smith burst onto the scene in the mid-90s with “Clerks,” a movie filled with no dirty pictures, but wall-to-wall filth.  Smith continued the trend with “Mallrats,” “Chasing Amy,” and then, lesser fare.  “Zack and Miri Make a Porno,” is Smith’s second movie that takes place without …

DVD Review: Coma

In 1978, Michael Crichton was well underway in his career as a great suspense/thriller novelist and he had already directed his first feature film, “Westworld.”  For his second film, Crichton combined his current job with the vocation he trained for.  Set in the world of hospitals and medical advances, “Coma,” based on Robin Cook’s book …

DVD Review: White Dog

  It often seemed that provoker was just another hyphenate on writer/director Sam Fuller’s resume.  So, when one considers his last movie made in the US, “White Dog,” it’s not surprising it garnered the reaction it did.  In fact, one could assume that Fuller was courting it.