K. Gordon

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 363
Helpful votes received on reviews: 87% (1,569 of 1,795)

 

Reviews

Top Reviewer Ranking: 363 - Total Helpful Votes: 1569 of 1795
Anna Karenina (Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UV Copy) [&hellip <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Keira Knightley
A brave experiment that doesn’t always work, but succeeds in letting us see Tolstoy’s great, oft filmed novel in a new light.

Setting much of the film in an aging theater, director Joe Wright and screen writer Tom Stoppard accomplish two things. They make literal the reality that in the 19th century upper class life was a play, and your survival depended on playing your role just right. It sounds heavy handed, and at times it feels it, but it brought out a humor and a pathos for all involved that I found fresh and rewarding.

In the same vein, the film isn’t afraid to make Anna look self involved, and actually makes Jude Law, doing some of his best work as Anna’s… Read more
Batman Returns [Blu-ray] [1992] [Region Free] <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Michael Keaton
Re-watching the two Burton "Batman"s I was shocked to find I liked "Batman Returns" more than the 1st. True, the film has nothing to compare with the wonderful over-the-top craziness of Jack Nicholson as the Joker, but in some ways Nicholson so overpowered the 1st film that it felt out of balance. At the same time, and – for me – even more problematic were the very un-Tim Burton like touches (the Prince songs? the endless, not very exciting climactic battle, the weak CGI) that seemed grafted on to make some studio executive happy.

"Batman Returns" seems much more a Tim Burton film; weirder, more perverse, funnier and more unpredictable than its… Read more
The Selfish Giant [Blu-ray] <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Conner Chapman
The Selfish Giant [Blu-ray] Blu-ray ~ Conner Chapman
While not audacious and brave in it's style as Barnard's smashing debut "The Arbor", it explores much of the same territory – poverty in northern England. But this time Barnard uses a more neo-realist bent that recalls the films of Ken Loach, among others. And after two viewings, while I missed the wild rule-breaking she did in her first film, I felt she had made a film of gritty honest and emotional force.

The story centers on two young teens (very well played by non-pros). Diminutive Arbor is hyperactive, angry, and so on the edge he can be frightening and simultaneously heartbreaking -- Arbor needs meds just to allow him to be calm enough to function. And there's… Read more