Tag: criterion

Blu-ray Review: FORTY GUNS Rides Out on Criterion

Don’t be surprised to come away from Samuel Fuller’s  Forty Guns a bit dizzy.  And know that with that advice in tow, it may be the only time you aren’t surprised during this senses-shattering 1957 Western. Boldly shot in both...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Tells TRUE STORIES

The dream has come true... In the prophetic past of 1986, Talking Heads frontman emeritus David Byrne veered off the promising road of his successful art/rock band long enough to make a movie. Warner Brothers was good enough to provide...

Criterion in February 2019: TO SLEEP WITH ANGER, Plus BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ and More Euro Classics

The Criterion Collection will release Charles Burnett's classic drama To Sleep With Anger on Blu-ray for the first time in February 2019, along with four European classics of varying genres. Of these, Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Berlin Alexanderplatz is the only...

Criterion in January 2019: MIKEY AND NICKY, 4 MONTHS, 24 FRAMES, NOTORIOUS, IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT

The new calendar year brings a quintet of anguished delights for home video cinephiles from the Criterion Collection. Yes, what better way to recuperate from the expected winter holiday hangovers than by settling back and reassessing your life by watching...

Criterion in December 2018: A DRY WHITE SEASON, FORTY GUNS, PANIQUE, SAWDUST AND TINSEL

Thinking of gifting a home video fan a fresh new Criterion Collection release in December? (Of course, you can always gift yourself.) Here are your options. The first black woman to direct a Hollywood studio film, Euzhan Palcy made history...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Goes Into SMITHEREENS

Susan Seidelman's pioneering indie drama captured the waning spirit of New York City's punk scene.

Criterion in November 2018: Welles, Wilder, Mizoguchi and Byrne

Can you feel the change of seasons? November 2018 will see the Northern Hemisphere grow colder, while the Southern Hemisphere grows warmer, but we can all agree: it will be a very good month for all fans of the Criterion...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's HEAVEN CAN WAIT Is Near Flawless

Old Hollywood has its pitfalls, but it sure made some excellent, even downright delightful films. Case in point, Heaven Can Wait, from director Ernst Lubitsch (Ninotchka, Trouble in Paradise, To Be Or Not To Be). Lubitsch was born in 1892 and began...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE Throws a Strike

While one could never claim that Michael Moore is nothing if not sincere, it’s hard to argue that it’s anything other than his sincerity that fuels his finer documentary/infotainments.  Atop that shortlist stands his 2002 tragi-comic screed, Bowling for Columbine....

Blu-ray Review: THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE Explored via Criterion

Refugees travel lightly, but we can unpack this: What is “the other side of hope,” anyway?  Some say it’s despair; others more cynically say it’s truth.  But what they mean with those answers are “opposite,” which is not necessarily the...

Blu-ray Review: Frank Borzage's MOONRISE Glows for Criterion

Director Frank Borzage was never one to wallow in the darkness. He made quality dramas, his work spanning from the silent era into the  early 1960s. Although one of the major filmmakers in his earlier career, we don’t hear all...

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...

Criterion in June 2018 Gets Very Weird: FEMALE TROUBLE, MANILA IN THE CLAW OF LIGHT and More

We like weird around these parts, so I'm delighted to peruse the latest lineup of upcoming releases from the venerable Criterion Collection and declare it "weird." Largely because I've never heard of some of these films, which I now admit...

Blu-ray Review: In AN ACTOR'S REVENGE, a Female Impersonator Walks Home Alone At Night

Made right in the middle of the most fertile period in the career of director Kon Ichikawa (The Burmese Harp, Tokyo Olympiad), An Actor's Revenge joins the Criterion Collection this week as spine #912. It's a drab tale of melodrama...

Criterion in May 2018: MIDNIGHT COWBOY, MOONRISE, MISHIMA and More

In the immortal words of Harry Nilsson, "everybody's talkin'" about Midnight Cowboy, the first X-rated movie to win an Academy Award. In fact, the film won three Oscars -- Best Picture, Best Director (John Schlesinger), and best adapted script (Waldo...

Blu-ray Review: NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD Shines in New 4K Restoration From The Criterion Collection

George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead has been one of The Criterion Collection's worst kept secrets for several years now. Ever since the planned 50th anniversary restoration was announced, horror fans around the world began saving their pennies...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Celebrates MONTEREY POP's 50th

The newly released complete Monterey Pop box set is vying for the most impressive package in my personal Criterion collection. A little bit about my Criterion collection… I own under 100, more than enough to make me unwilling to do...

Criterion in April 2018: VIRGIN SUICIDES, DEAD MAN and a Bevy of Bergman

Apologies for the lateness of this posting, but since it's just you and me here, devoted fans of classy and extremely well-presented home video, allow me to say: the Criterion Collection's lineup is getting more and more exciting! In April...

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 SAMOURAÏ 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...