The 2011 Rossini Festival gives us a marvelous Blu-ray premiere of a rare masterpiece by one of opera’s greatest composers. Cast, conductor, and director are firing on all cylinders with this one making it an easy recommendation for opera lovers.
8-year-olds would be better served building something with actual Legos than watching this trite animated imitation of the Power Rangers and Star Wars.
Somewhere along the line, this well-intentioned film’s story became an encouragement of holiday commercialism, but the action, imagery, and well used 3D effect save it from being a complete failure.
HBO’s Veep takes a comedic look at the inner workings of dysfunctional politics in D.C. with Julia Louis-Dreyfus starring as a bumbling Vice President. The show works on multiple levels and is a surefire hit.
This recent Barcelona performance of Dukas’s only and rarely staged opera is given a minimalist updated production but fails to deliver a convincing performance, largely due to some vocal difficulties of its title character and inherent weaknesses in the score and libretto.
Disney’s Victor Hugo adaptation is a mixed bag of dark themes and silly childish tunes. The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a difficult novel to make G-rated, and this 1996 film is only partially successful.
Bolstered by a strong performance by Luke Goss, Interview With A Hitman is a swift, fast paced film well worth checking out.
Fate/Stay Night finishes with an epic conclusion in this second collection of the anime series from Sentai Filmworks.
The Intouchables is an intimate, well told story of the ultimate bond and friendship between two very different men, superbly played by the lead actors. With outstanding direction and cinematography, viewers enter a private world in which love and hope triumph over physical limitations. A must-see for all film fans.
A classic WW II film noir, the Criterion Collection gives us one of Fritz Lang’s spy thrillers with decent remastering and a good period cast. If not at the top of the heap for this genre, it remains an engaging watch.