Blu-ray Review: MATEWAN Sticks Up For The Little Guy

The Criterion Collection rounds the corner on its final three-digit spine number (#999) this week with John Sayles' 1987 union drama, Matewan, before busting our collective eyeballs (and wallets) with spine #1000 -- the Godzilla boxed set -- which hits...

Blu-ray Review: Into THE INLAND SEA With Donald Richie

Criterion devours its own tail with a movie based on a book based on a trip by a critic who has provided a lot of Criterion commentaries.

ScreenAnarchy's Top Movies Of The First Half Of 2019

With 2020 only half a year away, let's do the mid-2019 Top-Ten thing. We asked our staff of writers and editors what, in their opinion, were the best films this year so far. And because that's too easy, as writer...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's ONE SINGS, THE OTHER DOESN'T, A Fitting Memorial To Agnes Varda

The director's 1977 semi-musical ode to the power and pleasures of womanhood is perfectly supported by worthwhile features on the new Blu-ray.

Book Review: BLOOD ON BLACK WAX Takes You Back To The Sights and Sounds Of Horror Soundtracks

A focus on album art and hard-to-find releases fatten out the analysis of the great genre soundtracks of our youth.

Blu-ray Review: MY BRILLIANT CAREER Is On Disc While The Criterion Channel Looms

The era of the Criterion Channel is upon us, and for longtime collectors (like me), the calculation for our walls of Criterion spines is threatening to change. I could not have signed up for the Channel faster upon its launch...

Blu-ray Review: In LA VERITÉ, Brigitte Bardot and Henri-Georges Clouzot Take Aim At Institutional Misogyny

A prisoner enters a courtroom, charged with the murder of her boyfriend. She and her attorneys will argue that the death was not premeditated, but rather occured in a moment of personal anguish -- and that the intended victim was,...

Screen Anarchy's Favorite Films of 2018

Here's our favorite films of 2018, as voted on by more than 20 of our contributing writers, who collectively picked 114 films as their favorites. 1. Roma 2. The Favourite 3 (tie). BlacKkKlansman / You Were Never Really Here 5....

Blu-ray Review: Euzhan Palcy's A DRY WHITE SEASON Is Stunningly Timely

Joining the Criterion Collection at spine #953, Euzhan Palcy's 1989 apartheid drama A Dry White Season is a last-minute must-own from the label, after a preternaturally strong year (even for them). Great art has both specificity and universality, and it's...

THE LAST JEDI Was A Star Wars Fan's Star Wars Film... Until It Wasn't

It's been a year since the release of the eighth "saga" Star Wars film, Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi, and I still don't get it. Not the movie -- I "got" the movie by about its 2-hour mark -- but...

Blu-ray Review: Peer Into Cinema's Great Missing Link With Criterion's THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS

Has a movie ever had a more compelling opening twenty minutes than Orson Welles' The Magnificent Ambersons? The director's 1942 follow-up to the "best film of all time" Citizen Kane (and, perhaps therefore, the ur-text of the supposed "sophomore curse"...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's THE PRINCESS BRIDE Whiffs On New Features, But You're Going To Buy It Anyway

Perhaps the worst confession I could make at the top of this review of Criterion's glittery new Blu-ray release of Rob Reiner's The Princess Bride (spine #948) is to offer up the fact that I haven't seen the movie, or...

RIP and Excelsior, Stan Lee

You will spend the rest of your life bumping into things that are in the world because of Stan Lee. The obvious: Spider-Man, The Avengers, Black Panther, Thor (kind of), Captain Marvel, Daredevil, The Fantastic Four, The X-Men, Doctor Strange, The...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's ANDREI RUBLEV Is A Stacked Disc

I've noticed a trend in recent Criterion releases: the paucity of the special features. The default mode seems to have become one or two newly-recorded interviews, an archival video feature, and the in-jacket essay. This is a sign of the...

Blu-ray Review: An All-Time Great Party Scene Graces Criterion's COLD WATER Blu-ray

Olivier Assayas' intimate epic of rock n' roll and teen ennui features beguiling leads and a great soundtrack.

Blu-ray Review: King Hu Makes Sword-Sharp Wuxia in DRAGON INN

Many of us approach our pop culture backwards, in a phenomenon we might well call the Simpsons effect: pop culture recycles and references older pop culture faster than we can fill in our experiences of the originals. (If you, like...

ScreenAnarchy's Top Movies Of The First Half Of 2018

Time flies like a sonofabitch, and this year it seems to do so faster than usual. We are at 2018's mid-point already. Whoa! That does beg the question though: what films have managed to impress and touch us most, so...

Blu-ray Review: EL SUR, Time, Memory, and Parents Confound in Victor Erice's Film

I last saw Spanish director Victor Erice's debut feature, The Spirit of the Beehive, about ten years ago, around the release of Pan's Labyrinth, of which it is a clear influence. I took another look at the film -- the...

Blu-ray Review: A Double Dose of Cristian Mungiu's New Romanian Cinema Comes to the Criterion Collection

The Criterion Collection works its way through both a long list of canon classics from the history of film, and a parallel track of what it considers to be the most important voices in world cinema today. This gives us...

Blu-ray Review: THE AGE OF INNOCENCE, Scorsese's Finest, a Transcendent Piece of Mannered Savagery

Timed to coincide with the end of the theatrical run of Daniel Day-Lewis' "final" performance in Phantom Thread (a retirement claim I will take to heart approximately 20 years from now), Martin Scorsese's 1993 period romance The Age of Innocence...