Seen on DVD

The Wire: The Complete Series, Harakiri

While the primary driving force of The Wire is Baltimore’s drug trade and the subsequent epidemic of violence, viewers are challenged to consider the larger circumstances at play in this portrait of a city. Some ...

Boogie Nights, The Shining

Boogie Nights is a classic from director Paul Thomas Anderson. The commentaries alone are worth the purchase. This is a must have for fans of P.T. Anderson and aspiring filmmakers. Great picture quality and bonus ...

I’m Not There, The Complete Black Books

I’m Not There: I really like movies that are less woven together and more tied in knots. This isn’t the story of Bob Dylan but rather a nonlinear exploration of his essence, identity, and how ...

The American Scream and The Town That Dreaded Sundown

The American Scream is a thoughtful and intimate look into the lives of several families who take their love of Halloween a step further. The film quickly became one of my all-time favorite documentaries. Having ...

The Raid: Redemption and Shaun of the Dead

The Raid: Redemption is an awesome Indonesian action-packed martial-arts film (featuring a style known as pencak silat) that combines fast-paced fighting with great scenes of brutality and suspense. The story revolves around the dramatic raid ...

Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance and Demolition Man

Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance is the second of four movies that make up the recent “rebuild” of the ’90s anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion. It’s the best of the three. All have beautiful ...

Masters of Horror

If you’ve wondered what your favorite horror directors would do with unlimited creative freedom, then Masters of Horror is for you. The first season collects 13 veteran horror directors such as John Carpenter and Tobe ...

Blade Runner and The Thin Red Line

Blade Runner draws you to insight instead of just excitement. I love how the story twists from the original assumptions of its myth: from inhuman replicants who are far more human than us. To have ...

Set in Boston

From George Higgins’s book, The Friends of Eddie Coyle is absolutely the best, grittiest, most expertly crafted crime thriller made in the golden decade of the genre — the ’70s. Shot entirely in Boston, this ...

Angels in America, Rent

HBO’s miniseries Angels in America is a DVD I watch a minimum of twice a year. The cast and production dream team take on the epic play by Tony Kushner and deliver a masterpiece. The ...

Compliance, Sordid Lives

Compliance is a disturbing indie that revisits themes of obedience and brutality from the world-famous Milgram Experiment. Riveting and eminently filmic exploration of the question “how far will people go when they are convinced they ...

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