Posts by Phil Brown

Home Entertainment: Errol Morris on Criterion

Errol Morris' first three documentaries get a well deserved Criterion treatment, with a double bill of Gates of Heaven and Vernon, Florida on one disc, and the modern classic crime doc The Thin Blue Line standing on its own.

Insurgent Review

Insurgent is the obligatory sequel to Divergent, the latest series in a trend of young adult literature adaptations about dystopian societies... it ain't great but at least it ain't vampires.

Home Entertainment Review: New Years Evil

New Years Evil is more of a historical curiosity for horror fans than anything else, but it is still a damn entertaining and unintentionally funny trip down slash n’ kill memory lane.

Fifty Shades of Grey Review

Fifty Shades of Grey tries to be controversial, but ends up being typical "romantic" Hollywood tripe dressed up in chains and whips.

Home Entertainment Review: Gone Girl

Gone Girl (David Fincher, 2014) – Based on Gillian Flynn’s best selling novel and directed by David Fincher, Gone Girl has all the hallmarks of an awards courting prestige movie on paper. Thankfully, their movie was nothing of the sort. It’s a gleefully trashy, twisty, nasty, lurid little thriller filtered through Fincher’s meticulous visual style […]

The 50 Year Argument Review

Co-directed by Martin Scorsese, the documentary The 50 Year Argument delivers the rich history behind the fabled New York Times Review of Books.

The Humbling Review

Boasting a script from Buck Henry and the best work Barry Levinson and Al Pacino have done in years, The Humbling might be the more rewarding (and somewhat more difficult) version of Birdman.

Home Entertainment Review: Sword of Doom

Sword of Doom (Kihachi Okamoto, 1966) – It says a great deal about the stark brutality of director Kihachi Okamoto’s Sword of Doom that even all these years and so many vicious samurai epics later, the film retains its ability to shock, disturb, and enthrall. Made during 60s heyday of samurai flicks launched into new […]