Elia Kazan’s and John Steinbeck’s Viva Zapata! features Marlon Brando in a charismatic, if mostly fictional, portrayal of the famous Mexican revolutionary leader.
Another lavish costume drama from the British that, one gets the feeling, is more soap than fact, Mr. Selfridge chronicles the early days of the famous Selfridge’s department store in London.
A well intended biopic of the stormy relationship of a famed novelist and war correspondent, Hemingway & Gellhorn comes up a bit short in the areas of script, direction, and editing.
Hitchcock, a biographical coverage of the filming of the director’s horror masterpiece Psycho, provides less than spine tingling moments in spite of a strong cast and excellent cinematography.
A fascinating guilty pleasure that peeks behind the curtain of political campaigns and offers a look at the rise of Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin, HBO’s Game Change is a winner.
Director Luc Besson gives us a moving, well-crafted docudrama about Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. Atmospheric score and cinematography support a powerful performance by Michele Yeoh as The Lady and her struggle to bring democracy to the oppressed people of Burma.
George C. Scott’s performance looms large in this biopic about the famous World War II general.
Jack Nicholson’s performance towers over what is otherwise only an averagely told biopic about Teamsters Union leader Jimmy Hoffa. Thankfully, this Blu-ray’s presentation is of the highest caliber.
Another of China’s films celebrating the centennial of their 1911 revolution, The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake is a biopic about the legendary feminist revolutionary Qiu Jin.
The subject of the “perfect” family, or how we view it on paper, is the forefront of HBO Films newest Blu-ray in Cinema Verite.