K. Gordon

Top Reviewer Ranking: 353
Helpful votes received on reviews: 87% (1,552 of 1,774)



Top Reviewer Ranking: 353 - Total Helpful Votes: 1552 of 1774
The Double [Blu-ray] [2014] <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Jesse Eisenberg
The Double [Blu-ray] [2014] Blu-ray ~ Jesse Eisenberg
I've now seen two films by the talented Ayodade the other being his coming of age 'Submarine" - and had a very similar reaction though they are miles apart in style, story and theme.

First, this is a gifted film-maker, who doesn't want to play by the usual rules. Next, he knows how to get off to a great start, build a fascinating world, get you involved with his people, but third, he doesn't quite find ways to make his third acts pay off as interestingly (or powerfully or emotionally) as the first two-thirds of the film promise. In both films the focus drifts to less interesting elements or variations on the stories he's telling.

And last, he needs to lighten up… Read more
After the Triumph of Your Birth <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Tom Dunne
After the Triumph of Your Birth Blu-ray ~ Tom Dunne
Very off-beat and odd, but also sincere, moving and thought provoking. The kind of film you see at a festival not knowing much about, and walk out feeling you saw something that had real value.

Tom Dunne, in a nuanced and effecting, subtle performance plays a man named Eli walking his way across the California desert to the Pacific ocean in Los Angeles. He's looking for meaning, and finds fragments of it in the various characters he meets along the way.

I liked the way the film created quirky characters while avoiding making fun of them, or turning them into stereotypes we've seen before.

The film manages to raise the big questions about life without seeming… Read more
Betty Boop: Essemtial Collection 2 [Blu-ray] [US I&hellip <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Mae Questel
While not an expert on vintage cartoons I really enjoyed most of these films, and I'm glad companies like Olive are working to keep them alive (although twelve 6-7 minute cartoons on a pricey blu-ray is a less than great deal.)

For me the earlier cartoons in the set were by far my favorites. I don't know if it's specifically the Hayes Code coming in or just the changing times, but the earlier
cartoons don't worry much about plot, and are filmed to the brim with inventive visual puns, general anarchy and a terrific sense of surrealism. The later films
(specifically the last thee on the set, all from 1934) tend to get more plot and situation heavy, and/or the jokes and… Read more