A few days ago N.Y. Times DVD columnist Dave Kehr suckered me into buying the just-released DVD of Stanley Donen‘s Funny Face. I hate glossy-synthetic ’50s musicals — I’ve known that for years– and yet I allowed the smooth-talking, snake-oil-selling Kehr to lead me down the garden path.

This is the second time I’ve bought a disc based on a Kehr recommendation that I suspected deep down I wouldn’t like (the first being the Criterion Collection DVD of John Ford‘s Young Mr. Lincoln), and which I traded in later on. Kehr is a superb writer, but he’s a bit of an old-school sentimentalist. Never again.