Filmstruck Revisited: Better, but still room for improvement

Back in November, I explained my disappointment with Filmstruck, the new classic movie streaming service created by Criterion and Turner Classic Movies. My biggest gripe - the limited devices available to easily send a movie to your television - has been partially fixed. You can now watch Filmstruck via Google's Chromecast. Since my TV has … Continue reading Filmstruck Revisited: Better, but still room for improvement

More Keaton on Blu-ray: Steamboat Bill Jr. & College

Earlier this month, I told you about a two-disc Blu-ray set containing Buster Keaton's best and worst independent features, The General and Three Ages. Now I'll tell you about the other Keaton package that Kino Lorber will release February 21. Once again, it's a two-disc set containing one of Keaton's best movies (Steamboat Bill, Jr.) … Continue reading More Keaton on Blu-ray: Steamboat Bill Jr. & College

Keaton great and mediocre: My Blu-ray review of The General and The Three Ages

Between 1920 and 1928 - the only years where he had complete control of his own films - Buster Keaton created one of the greatest bodies of work in silent movies. All his comedies from that period have been available on Blu-ray for quite some time, but that doesn't mean they can't be reissued with … Continue reading Keaton great and mediocre: My Blu-ray review of The General and The Three Ages

FilmStruck offers great films and poor tech

As soon as I heard about FilmStruck--the new movie-streaming collaboration from Turner Classic Movies and the Criterion Collection--I eagerly waited for it to open its virtual doors. When it went online November 1, I signed up right away. But as my two-week free trial came to an end, technical and web design issues forced me … Continue reading FilmStruck offers great films and poor tech

The Best of the Marx Brothers in one Blu-ray Box

The Marx Brothers used comedy to deflate the pompous and tear down the establishment. They turned respectable, upper-class society into anarchy and surrealism. They also made us laugh. The brothers honed their comedy in vaudeville, jumped to Broadway, and made the leap to Hollywood at the height of the talkie revolution. They made their first … Continue reading The Best of the Marx Brothers in one Blu-ray Box

Along time in the making: Boyhood on Blu-ray

Richard Linklater's Boyhood is such a unique and important experience that I had to make an exception. I usually limit my Blu-ray reviews to classic films. But when I discovered that Criterion was releasing a two-disc, supplement-filled Blu-ray release of Richard Linklater's epic story of everyday life, I had to give it a good, long … Continue reading Along time in the making: Boyhood on Blu-ray

High Noon Blu-ray Review

Small, compact, and brimming with suspense, High Noon feels nothing like the other A westerns of the post-war period--epic movies like Red River, My Darling Clementine, and The Searchers. With its 85-minute runtime and looks-like-every-other-western sets, it feels more like the forgettable B oaters Hollywood was cranking out weekly in those days. But unlike those … Continue reading High Noon Blu-ray Review