Carreyed Away

When he appeared in Ben Stiller’s pitch-black, Hitchcockian comedy “The Cable Guy” in 1996, Jim Carrey seemed poised to become the successor to Jerry Lewis as an inspired physical comic with a gift for tapping into the the darkest and unruliest aspects of the (North) American self.

But the blistering reviews for that […]

Sensational

Last week, Minnelli — this week, Visconti, with a melodrama of a different, perhaps more literal kind, his operatic “Senso” of 1954. Thanks to funding from the Film Foundation, the badly shrunken three-strip Technicolor negative has been restored by the Cineteca di Bologna, and the glorious results are on display in a new Blu-ray […]

Red Scare

From the Warner Archive Collection come three magisterial melodramas by Vincente Minnelli — “The Cobweb” (1955), “Tea and Sympathy” (1956) and “Two Weeks in Another Town” (1962) — plus one of his patented stressed-out marriage comedies, “The Reluctant Debutante” (1958). The widescreen transfers are pretty good given the limitations of Eastman Color — those […]

On the Prowl

Joseph Losey’s caustic 1951 film noir “The Prowler” is the highlight of this week’s releases, which include a new Blu-ray edition of Disney’s contemporaneous “Alice in Wonderland” (down another rabbit hole) and Stuart Rosenberg’s mighty peculiar and long out of circulation “WUSA” of 1970. Reviews here in the New York Times.

One of […]