Saturday, July 6, 2013

Disc-o-rama redux: latest DVD reviews

I have a number of blog posts in “various stages of development,” but I wanted to draw some attention to the DVD reviews I've been doing on a regular basis for the Disc Dish site. I put a lot of work into in to these pieces and am proud of 'em. As always, thanks for reading this blog:

The cult-classic TV series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis: the Complete Series based on the great writings of Max Shulman, and featuring the sublime Tuesday Weld

The beautifully tragicomic Mike Leigh film Life Is Sweet

Frank Zappa: A Token of His Extreme, a 1974 record of my favorite iteration of the Mothers of Invention.

A Hal Hartley double bill on one disc: The Book of Life and the Girl From Monday

The glorious Criterion Collection box saluting the wonderful comedy features of Pierre Etaix

Bresson's classic, suspsenseful prison-escape drama A Man Escaped

Terrence Malick's perfect Badlands

The cinema-verite landmark Chronicle of a Summer

That Cold Day in the Park, the first truly great feature by Funhouse god Robert Altman

The versatile Isabelle Huppert stars in the farce My Worst Nightmare

My favorite Hal Hartley feature, an indie film that gets better and better with age, Trust
Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis, a hagiography of Le Jer

The French drama 17 Girls, based on the real-life case of a group of Massachusetts high school girls who all got pregnant at the same time

More priceless gags and wonderfully odd concept pieces from the Master: The Ernie Kovacs Collection, Volume 2

Pasolini's "erotic" trilogy based on great work of literature, courtesy the Criterion Collection: Pasolini's Trilogy of Life

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