Review: LICORICE PIZZA, Paul Thomas Anderson Serves Up the Perfect Recipe

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, Bradley Cooper, Sean Penn and Tom Waits join newcomer stars Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman for a quality slice of life.

Blu-ray Review: Visconti's Controversial THE DAMNED Is a Blessing From Criterion

Helmut Berger, Dirk Bogarde, Ingrid Thulin and Charlotte Rampling star in Luchino Visconti's X-rated anti-Nazi drama.

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's Roll-out of MAN PUSH CART

Filmmaker Ramin Bahrani debuts with an NYC immigrant story, beautifully told.

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Dives Into LA PISCINE

Alain Delon, Romy Schneider and Jane Birkin star in a sexy French slow-burn drama.

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Re-explores THE HUMAN CONDITION

What’s to be said about The Human Condition? In the case of the epic-length Japanese film of that title made, plenty. Directed by Masaki Kobayashi (Harikiri) and released in three distinct parts between 1959 to 1961, the whole 579 minutes of The...

Blu-ray Review: Assayas's IRMA VEP Prowls the Criterion Collection

Maggie Chung portrays herself in Olivier Assayas's exploration of filmmaking in the 1990s.

Blu-ray Review: FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH Comes to Criterion

Senn Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Phoebe Cates star in a seminal teen comedy, directed by Amy Heckerling.

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's THE PARALLAX VIEW Uncovers 1970s Paranoia

Warren Beatty is plenty dirty.  In fact, he’s literally covered with mud.  The venerable leading man finds himself in figurative hot water shortly after nearly being washed away by literal tons of water.  One could conclude that that’s what he gets for snooping...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's MINDING THE GAP Goes Airborne

Bing Liu's Oscar nominated skater film arrives on Blu-ray, featuring a bonus interview with Tony Hawk.

Review: JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH Crusades Into Activist History

Daniel Kaluuya, LaKieth Stanfield and Jesse Plemons star in Black Panther chairman biopic.

ScreenAnarchy Top Films of 2020

One of the great advantages of ScreenAnarchy's global writing staff is that our individual end-of-year lists always have a least a few titles that the rest of us have not only not seen, but likely haven't heard of. And I'm...

Review: SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM: TWO TAKES BY WILLIAM GREAVES, Re-presented on Blu-ray

Hell hath no fury like a film crew ganked around. This was true in 1968, it was true in 2005, and it remains true today.   In this context, the two named years are significant for being when the late...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's ESSENTIAL FELLINI, an Eternal Tribute to an Eternal Filmmaker

The company of entertainers are moving in, the greasepaint is thickening, and libidos are boiling in step.  Creative energy is on the menu, forcefully and unrestrained.  In other words, amid the mundane drain of the everyday, the circus of Federico Fellini is...

Blu-ray Review: MOONSTRUCK Waxes on Criterion

When someone today hears that a film stars Cher and Nicholas Cage, their first inclination might be to brace for the world’s most over-the-top burlesque and downright lunar demolition derby. While understandable in light of their outsized personas and bombastic...

Blu-Ray Review: Criterion's THE GUNFIGHTER Draws on Western Glory

When did Hollywood’s deconstruction of the American Western myth officially break through? Depending on which aficionado you look to, the answer given may be Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch (1969), or Fred Zinnemann’s High Noon (1952), or another venerated film amid the 1950’s great...

Review: BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM Ambushes Amazon

Sasha Baron Cohen's most infamous character returns to America in a film that is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's MARTIN SCORSESE'S WORLD CINEMA PROJECT VOL. 3 Defies Borders

In the absence of martial arts, giant monsters, balletic gunplay, or blatantly exploitative line-crossing content, the notion of watching films from different countries and/or cultures quickly crosses the border into “work” for more people than might ever admit to it....

Now on Blu-ray: Criterion Unleashes BRUTE FORCE and THE NAKED CITY

By the mid-1940s, “Film Noir” was thoroughly established stylistically, though not yet by name. Undeniably, there was a prevailing mentality rooted in postwar societal darkness, and it had permeated Hollywood studio filmmaking. The movies’ inherent propensity for light and shadow...

Review: Criterion Rediscovers THE LOST HONOR OF KATHARINA BLUM

Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta's tense German political thriller gets a much-needed high-definition upgrade.

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Upgrades Kiarostami's TASTE OF CHERRY

Filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami returns to the roads of Iran on an exploratory quest about death and life.