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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...

Blu-ray Review: You Will Never Want THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL to End

Luis Buñuel's El Angel Exterminador (The Exterminating Angel) is one of the greatest works of cinematic surrealism of the '60s. Even as Buñuel's profile rose later in the decade with films like Belle de jour, and then on into the...

Criterion in February 2017: Linklater's THE BEFORE TRILOGY, Almodóvar's WOMEN and More

Everybody loves Linklater!! OK, maybe not everybody, but even if the collaboration between Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, and Richard Linklater, doesn't speak to you from its highly personal viewpoint, the trilogy consisting of Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight...

Blu-Ray Review: Criterion's TRILOGIA DE GUILLERMO DEL TORO Stuns

What more can you say about Guillermo del Toro, one of our most beloved living filmmakers? He's a master of his craft, and Criterion knows it. Having released his work before, Criterion has recently released the Triologia de Guillermo del...

Blu-ray Review: Berlanga's THE EXECUTIONER, A Satirical Masterpiece

The Executioner is the story of an undertaker who falls in love with the daughter of an executioner and who is then forced to take over for his father-in-law when the elder ages out of service.

Blu-ray Review: BLOOD SIMPLE, Satisfying Neo Noir At Its Best

It's always fun to witness the debut of a fantastic filmmaker. In this case, it's the birth of TWO filmmakers, the team of Joel and Ethan Coen, who debuted in the lexicon of cinema with the neo-noir film Blood Simple in 1984....

Blu-ray Review: THE IMMORTAL STORY Explores the Nature and Necessity of Storytelling

The Immortal Story, one of Orson Welles's final films as a director, is a fascinating look into not only the necessity of storytelling, but also his own obsessions with truth and illusion. From the very beginning of his career as...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Sounds Orson Welles' CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT

Orson Welles knew Falstaff. That is to say, as well as any twentieth century man could know a six-centuries-earlier construct character of William Shakespeare. Both men, by this time in their lives, had heard the deathly sounds of the chimes...

Blu-ray Review: On Criterion, THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE Hits Too Close To Home

Earlier this year, the Criterion Collection released an edition of John Frankenheimer's classic political suspense thriller, The Manchurian Candidate (1962). Of course I'd seen the film many times prior to this. So many times, in fact, that when I got...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's THE NEW WORLD Worthy of Discovery

“Come, spirit, help us sing the story of our land. You are our mother. We, your field of corn. We rise from out of the soul of you.” The wind blows. The crickets gently chirp. The grass crunches ever subtly...

Blu-ray Review: A TOUCH OF ZEN Comes to the Criterion Collection

Halfway through a year already crammed full of impressive releases (with no sign of slowing down... Dekalog for September!), The Criterion Collection has also taken advantage of the recent 4K remaster of King Hu's seminal A Touch of Zen, adding...