Tag: criterioncollection

Blu-ray Review: Musical Man-Eating Mermaids in Agnieszka Smoczyńska's THE LURE

Part of the appeal of the Criterion Collection for lovers of film is its simple act of curation. Though weighing in at over 900 titles in its current run (The Lure is #896, hitting stores October 10), the collection still...

Criterion in December 2017: ELECTION, Olympic Films, and Docs

For the holiday season this year, the Criterion Collection is offering an unusual mixture of films. Alexander Payne's Election is the outstanding narrative film among the bunch; this edition features a restored 4K digital transfer, as well as new interviews...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Gets LOST IN AMERICA

Swirling, swirling, swirling, all down the drain. Passed over for a promotion -- scratch that -- fired from his job, helplessly watching as all his hopes and dreams go right down the toilet, David Howard has a moment of clarity....

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...

Criterion in September 2017: FESTIVAL, THE PIANO TEACHER, REBECCA and More

A varied bag of goodies await fans of the Criterion Collection in September. Digging back into the musical thrills of the mid-1960s, Murray Lerner's documentary Festival examines the Newport Folk Festival from 1963-1966, when the very idea of "folk music"...

Blu-ray Review: DHEEPAN is Given the Royal Treatment by Criterion

This week The Criterion Collection released Jacques Audiard's Palme d'Or winning drama, Dheepan, and it's a film everyone needs to see. Dheepan, a Sri Lankan refugee and former Tamil Tiger, is on the run for his lafe after the Sinhalese...

Notes on Criterion: August 2017 Releases Include HOPSCOTCH, LA POISON, and More

This summer (or winter, depending on where you live), the Criterion Collection will release five movies on Blu-ray and DVD that may be less familiar but are no less potentially fascinating. First up on August 8 is Michael Curtiz's The...

Blu-ray Review: JEANNE DIELMAN, Criterion's Three-Hour Slog To Pure Cinematic Perfection

Chantal Akerman's Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai Du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles was released by the Criterion Collection a few years ago in a standard-definition DVD, but gets upgraded to Blu-ray this week, which finally gave me the chance to catch up...

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.

Criterion in July 2017: Albert Brooks' LOST IN AMERICA, Rossellini's War Trilogy, Tarkovsky's STALKER, Bresson's L'ARGENT

The Criterion Collection's slate for July 2017 sells itself, to be honest. Albert Brook's Lost in America is one of my personal, all-time favorites. Others may prefer Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker, Roberto Rossellini's War Trilogy, or Robert Bresson's final film L'argent....

Blu-ray Review: John Waters' MULTIPLE MANIACS Is A Cavalcade Of Perverse Delights On Criterion Blu

John Waters is the undisputed king of trash cinema. An absolutely unique voice who has no equal even fifty years after he first cranked up his camera and trained his warped eye on the dregs of society. Never one to...

Review: CANOA: A SHAMEFUL MEMORY, Who are the Bad Hombres?

It's always a nice surprise to come upon a completely unfamiliar film that is, in fact, a seminal entry in its national cinema history. It's all the more surprising, upon first viewing, to find oneself a bit stunned by that...

Criterion in June 2017: Mizoguchi's UGETSU, Pagnol's MARSEILLE TRILOGY, Plus Hitchcock, Ray and Peckinpah

Come June, the Criterion Collection will be presenting some mighty fine alternatives to the Hollywood blockbuster machine. It starts with Mizoguchi Kenji's Ugetsu and includes two early works by Alfred Hitchcock (The Lodger) and Nicholas Ray (They Live By Night),...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Packages Love and Time in Linklater's BEFORE TRILOGY

The years shall run like rabbits… -W.H. Auden  From the start, before Richard Linklater conducted his grand experiment on the nature of time - Boyhood - he was out to capture the great container of all experience: time - good...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's MILDRED PIERCE Stuns

What exactly is Mildred Pierce? Is it a drama? A film noir? A proto-feminist declaration? You could argue that the Hollywood watermark is all of the above. Directed by Micaael Curtiz and starring the indomitable Joan Crawford, Mildred Pierce is freshly out on...

Blu-ray Review: WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN and My Life with Pedro Almodóvar

I was introduced to the films of Pedro Almodóvar when I was about twelve years old almost entirely by accident. I don't remember the year exactly, though 1992 seems like a good guess based on the other memories that...

Now on Blu-ray: Kirsten Johnson's CAMERAPERSON Is One Of Criterion's Strongest Discs

2016 was a disproportionately good year for documentary. Films like I Am Not Your Negro, 13th and O.J.: Made In America lead the conversation on race in America. Docs like Weiner and Tower arrived in an eerily timely fashion to...

Blu-ray Review: SOMETHING WILD Represents Untamed Cinema

There are so many reasons to recommend Something Wild (1961) to today's audiences that it becomes difficult to choose one. It is as timely and disturbing as the day that it was made and equally as insightful about sexual assault....

Blu-ray Review: Fassbinder's FOX AND HIS FRIENDS Cuts Just As Deep 40 Years Later

Rainer Wener Fassbinder has always been an artist I've respected by reputation, rather than through a deep knowledge or understanding of his work. In fact, I've only see a handful of Fassbinder films and I will admit to tapping out...

Criterion in March 2017: MULTIPLE MANIACS, CANOA, BEING THERE and More

What are you doing in March? if you're not traveling or attending a film festival, chances are you'll be relaxing at home, wondering what's new to watch on Blu-ray or DVD. And in that case, the Criterion Collection's slate for...