Tag: criterion

Blu-ray Review: I, DANIEL BLAKE, a Triumph of Compassion

It's a bit embarrassing to admit, but before watching I, Daniel Blake for this review, I had never seen a single Ken Loach film. I hadn't been avoiding them, they had just never been in front of me at the...

Blu-ray Review: LE SAMOURAƏ Examines A Solitary Life Lived In Gunmetal Grey

It's a bit intimidating to be the one tasked with delivering an opinion on one the most beloved gangster fims ever made. The legendary Jean-Pierre Melville is one of French cinema's most revered filmmakers, and with good reason. Working adjacent...

Blu-ray Review: Terry Gilliam's JABBERWOCKY on Criterion, Vital, Promising, More Quirky Than Funny

Surprise! The delightful, self-deprecating audio commentary by Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin is what sold me on Jabberwocky, a very British film loosely inspired by Lewis Carroll's poem. Released in the U.K. and the U.S. in April 1977 -- two...

Blu-ray Review: Landmark Lesbian Drama DESERT HEARTS Looks Tremendous and Feels Almost as Good

A woman arrives in Reno by train and will leave the same way, with one seismic difference: she has met and fallen in love with Cay (Patricia Charbonneau), a local artist and resident free-spirit. The year is 1959, and Vivian...

Criterion in February 2018: LIVING DEAD, LAMBS, GALLOWS and More

A fascinating lineup will be on tap from the Criterion Collection in February 2018. Widely available in horribly-presented public domain versions for years, a new 4K restoration of George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead will be rolled out,...

Criterion Gets Nostalgic: THE BREAKFAST CLUB to Warm Hearts in January 2018

When it was released in February 1985, The Breakfast Club was very much 'of the moment,' capturing the zeitgeist of suburban American youth during the teenage years. Coming off the modest success of his debut feature, Sixteen Candles, writer and...

Blu-ray Review: DAVID LYNCH: THE ART LIFE Lives Well via Criterion

To quote a certain giant, it's happening... again. It's happening... again. To quote the giant who created the giant, you drink coffee, you smoke cigarettes, you paint, and that's it. That quote, from filmmaker David Lynch, has been widely used...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Brings 1980's HOPSCOTCH in From the Cold

When one thinks of films built on international espionage and spy movie cat and mouse, an entry like Hopscotch likely isn’t what springs to mind. An ambling and easily digestible affair, this 1980 caper stars everyone's favorite sad turtle of...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's UGETSU Is Scorsese Approved

There's not a whole lot about this titan of classic Japanese cinema that can be further illuminated upon, so I'll keep things simple. The Criterion Collection's relatively new Blu-ray release of Ugetsu is stunning. The new 4K restoration was supervised...

Criterion in November 2017: LE SAMOURAI, DESERT HEARTS, JABBERWOCKY, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY

New digital restorations are the main attractions for four titles that will be arriving via the Criterion Collection in November 2017. Le Samourai is the one that caught my eye first. Jean-Pierre Melville's work has been influential upon more than...

Blu-ray Review: THE BREAKING POINT, Brutal, Merciless Melodrama on Criterion

Remakes are not always bad things. Take, for example, The Breaking Point, based on a novel by Ernest Hemingway. First published in 1937, To Have and Have Not followed the adventures of Harry Morgan, a fishing boat captain in Key...

Blu-ray Review: The MARSEILLE TRILOGY Docks with Criterion

Just because community is a beautiful thing never means it's an easy thing. Family relations, most everyone knows, can prove especially dicey. Even in comedies. Especially in comedies. In the early 1930s, just as the movies were learning to talk,...

Criterion in October 2017: TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME, THE LURE, PERSONAL SHOPPER and More

Scare season arrives in October and this year fans of the Criterion Collection have ample reason to celebrate in style. A prequel that is anything but pro forma, David Lynch's Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me is essential as a...

Blu-ray Review: MARTIN SCORSESE'S WORLD CINEMA PROJECT VOL. 2, A Trip Worth Taking

Nearly five years after Criterion released Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project Volume One, an impressive box set of six films from around the world, we finally have its first follow up, Volume Two. Like the first volume in both packaging,...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Explores Clowes and Zwigoff's GHOST WORLD

It’s often difficult to review Criterion releases, because it tends to involve putting into words your feelings about your ‘favorite movie’. This term, when spoken by me, doesn’t hold much weight among my friends, more so, groans and eye rolls...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's TAMPOPO Will Make You Hungry

Make sure your noodle-wrangling skills are on point before spinning up this delicious disc.

Blu-ray Review: THE TREE OF WOODEN CLOGS, Far From a Wooden Slog

"I'm going to find a tree to chop down." That line, perhaps familiar from another film released by Criterion, Moonrise Kingdom, also applies to this new release by the company, respected Italian director Ermanno Olmi's 1978 Palme D'or winner, The...

Criterion in May 2017: GHOST WORLD, Scorsese's World Cinema Project and More

It's all about the world in May for the Criterion Collection. The company announced their lineup for the month and two titles jumped out at me. Terry Zwigoff's Ghost World is a movie I watched on multiple occasions years ago,...

Blu-ray Review: HIS GIRL FRIDAY From Criterion Is Black and White and Read All Over

Trumpeted even today, well beyond its 75th anniversary, Howard Hawks' 1940 newspaper-centric screwball comedy is an undeniable keeper.  It’s also warped and batty with something of a dark streak. People throw themselves out of windows, morbidity that doesn’t stop the...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Goes Far With FEDERICO FELLINI'S ROMA

When it comes to Federico Fellini's Roma, it's difficult to determine what's more self-indulgent, the act of appropriating by name a vital, ancient city that's been on the global forefront of politics, religion and culture, or this entire film in...