K. Gordon

Top Reviewer Ranking: 353
Helpful votes received on reviews: 87% (1,536 of 1,756)



Top Reviewer Ranking: 353 - Total Helpful Votes: 1536 of 1756
Omar [Blu-ray] <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Adam Bakri
Omar [Blu-ray] Blu-ray ~ Adam Bakri
Though it has it's occasional flaws (some overstatement) this is generally a terrific political thriller.

A young Palestinian radical is put through the emotional, moral and physical wringer after being blackmailed into becoming an informer (or at least professing to) for the Israelis, following an arrest that could put him in jail for life. While Abu-Assad's sympathies clearly lie with the Palestinians, his characters and situations are much more complex and human than good guys and bad guys. He sees the damage that being in a constant state of war and occupation does to both sides.

Beyond that, this is not a 'political' film first. It's complex web of betrayal, love,… Read more
The Grand Budapest Hotel [Blu-ray] <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Ralph Fiennes
The Grand Budapest Hotel [Blu-ray] Blu-ray ~ Ralph Fiennes
A wonderfully funny fable of the adventures of world's greatest hotel concierge (a brilliant, inventive and hilarious performance by Ralph Fiennes) and the friendship he strikes up with the hotel's new lobby boy (a strong debut by newcomer Tony Revolori).

The story goes in many unexpected directions, every one entertaining and eccentric, and the cast is full of first rate highly comic performances by F. Murray Abraham, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, with terrific cameos by Bill Murray, Harvey Keitel, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson, Jude Law and others I feel bad for forgetting here.

While not Anderson's most… Read more
Computer Chess (Masters of Cinema) (DVD & BLU-RAY &hellip <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Andrew BUJALSKI
This low key mockumentary is so dry in itís humor that itís more likely to produce a nostalgic or rueful smile than a belly laugh. Set at a 1980s man vs. computer chess competition, and shot on what looks like a video camera from the time, it certainly succeeds in capturing a time, place and atmosphere.

On the other hand, some of it starts to get a bit repetitive and meandering. Unlike Christopher Guestís hysterical mockumentaries, this is so close to Ďrealí for much of itís length that it started to wear down a bit. And then when it switches to a more Ďover-the-topí tone, as when one of the young leads is hit on by a pair of middle-aged swingers, it suddenly feels like a… Read more