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DVD Talk reviews for Friday, January 25th, 2019

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First Man (Blu-ray)
by Ryan Keefer

The Movie:

Four years ago when American Sniper came out and was racking up a pile of Oscar nominations, I was annoyed for a myriad of reasons. I think being far from it now, it was the fact that there was a needless controversy surrounding a film that frankly, wasn't very good. And here we are again, with a film that garnered some awards season buzz, and I'm annoyed all over again, but for different reasons.

First Man was directed by Damien Chazelle (La La Land), who directed Josh Singer's screenplay (Spotlight), an adaptation from James Hansen's book of the same name. The eponymous first man is Neil Armstrong, (Ryan Gosling, Read the entire review »

The Official Story (Blu-ray)
by DVD Savant

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Luis Puenzo's Oscar-winning The Official Story is a South American cinema classic about political oppression, lies and the kind of high crimes and atrocities that were common occurrences in the cold war years, whene dictatorships were encouraged to fight communism with whatever means they could. Unlike the conspiracy thriller "Z" and others of its kind, this absorbing drama shows how a family seemingly above reproach can be revealed to be rotten to the core. This film from the director of Old Gringo is a serious history lesson and a warning to any country divided along political lines.

Argentina in the 1970s. Alicia (Norma Aleandro) teaches secondary school in Buenos Aires; her husband Roberto (Héc...Read the entire review »

 

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Suspiria (Blu-ray)
by Kurt Dahlke

Suspiria:

Luca Guadagnino's excellent remake of Suspiria takes one of Dario Argento's arguable masterpieces to entirely different places within the framework of the maestro's original intentions. With a stately pace of two-and-a-half hours, this isn't the movie for those looking for a slam-bang remake, though it does include the requisite hallmarks such viewers would expect, namely a bunch of amped-up CGI and excellent prosthetic gore, most of which occurs in the movie's final act. For viewers ready for a challenging art-piece, one as singular as, though entirely different from the first, Suspiria represents another in the new crop of head-trip horror movies (like Mandy) in which dread and confusion are as important as thrills and chills.

An American dancer, Susie (Dakota Johnson, Melanie Griffith's daughter) aspires to be a member of the prestigious German Helena Mark...Read the entire review »

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