All posts by "Kevin Filipski"

Blu-rays of the Week Betty/L’Enfer/The Swindle (Cohen Film Collection) These features by French director Claude Chabrol—who, at his best, could compete with Alfred Hitchcock for witty, well-turned suspense films—are variable ...

Blu-rays of the Week Cameraperson (Criterion) Kirsten Johnson has shot many seminal images over the past few decades, and Cameraperson is her own “greatest hits” package gleaned from footage of ...

Blu-rays of the Week Bells Are Ringing / Wait Until Dark (Warner Archive) Vincente Minnelli’s colorful 1960 musical Bells Are Ringing isn’t among his best confections, but there’s enough of ...

Blu-rays of the Week Ballers—Complete 2nd Season (HBO) This comedy series about a former NFL player turned financial manager hit its stride in its second season, helped not only by ...

Blu-rays of the Week Bad Day at Black Rock (Warner Archive) In John Sturges’ tense 1955 thriller clocking in at a perfectly paced 81 minutes, Spencer Tracy plays a wounded ...

A teenaged Anton Chekhov wrote an unwieldy, untitled play that was never produced during his lifetime. It resurfaced after his death and has been adapted by fine British writers like ...

Blu-rays of the Week Dog Eat Dog (RLJ) Paul Schrader has always been a humorless filmmaker, and his new flick’s attempts to be funny are so witless and ham-fisted that ...

Blu-rays of the Week The Accountant (Warner Bros) In this clever but contrived thriller, Ben Affleck plays an autistic CPA cooking the books for the mob who conveniently has martial ...

Blu-rays of the Week Downton Abbey—The Complete Series (PBS) The most watched PBS Masterpiece offering in history is this six-season series created by Julian Fellowes, who meticulously recreated the insular ...

Blu-rays of the Week Creepshow 2 / The Driller Killer (Arrow) The first Creepshow (1982) was fun, but its 1987 follow-up Creepshow 2 is far less memorably more of the ...

Blu-rays of the Week Fellini’s Roma (Criterion) Federico Fellini’s impressionistic 1972 kaleidoscope of the world’s greatest city—or at least the center of the world, as any Romans will willingly say—came ...

Blu-rays of the Week The BFG (Disney/Dreamworks) Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s delightful children’s book might be too determined to conjure up the magical and the sentimental simultaneously, but ...

The two best films at the recent 54th New York Film Festival were made by a playwright becoming a major director in his own right and a long-time festival veteran. ...

Blu-rays of the Week C.H.U.D. (Arrow) Beware of the CHUDs (Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers), hiding in Manhattan’s sewers and fatally mauling their victims in this dopey but guilty-pleasure 1984 horror ...

Blu-rays of the Week Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams (Criterion) One of Japanese master Akira Kurosawa’s most vividly visual filmscapes, this episodic 1990 fantasy doesn’t connect in any way but its stories ...