K. Gordon

Top Reviewer Ranking: 21
Helpful votes received on reviews: 87% (375 of 430)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 21 - Total Helpful Votes: 375 of 430
Ken Burns: The Central Park Five [Blu-ray] <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Antron McCray
Any story of justice denied, of people wrongfully imprisoned is inherently dramatic. But Ken Burns uses this case of five frightened teenaged boys prodded and manipulated into confessing to a crime they didnt commit to dig into some larger societal issues as well. Yes, the police and prosecutors look bad for the way they mislead the kids into confessions, and then steadfastly refuse to look at other evidence. But the press also comes off badly for exploiting the case to sell papers and satisfy a frightened citys desire for law and order, instead of asking questions when it became clear things simply werent adding up. And politicians for expressing condemnation and outrage at these… Read more
Devdas [Import] <b>DVD</b> ~ Shah Rukh Khan
Devdas [Import] DVD ~ Shah Rukh Khan
Note: As a North American who quite likes, but is not an expert on Indian cinema, I'm the first to admit there may be elements of content or style that I might lack the knowledge to fully appreciate. These are just my personal reactions, take them for what they're worth.

Colorful and touching, if occasionally uneven, this story of a Romeo and Juliet like love affair and its aftermath certainly has its moments. The performances are strong, it looks great, theres some interesting social commentary about the corrosive effects of class and social status. and there are a few good musical numbers.

But the musical element is odd  too much or two little for my taste… Read more
La Notte <b>DVD</b> ~ Jeanne Moreau
La Notte DVD ~ Jeanne Moreau
Challenging and emotionally muted on 1st viewing, I still found this largely a very interesting portrait of a bourgeois marriage crumbling, observed during one afternoon and night.

The couple visit a seemingly dying friend in the hospital, attend a book signing for the husbands new novel, stop at a nightclub where they barely even react to an erotic floor show, and then head to a party for a rich industrialist who is celebrating the first win by his new racehorse, Both Marcello Mastroianni and Jeanne Moreau do terrific work as the deadened and estranged couple. He no longer even identifies with his own writing, feeling its just a product, like that made by the industrialist… Read more

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The Others [Blu-ray] <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Nicole Kidman
The Others [Blu-ray] Blu-ray ~ Nicole Kidman