Tag: criterion

Blu-ray Review: MISSISSIPPI MASALA, A Gorgeous Restoration of a Vibrant Romantic Drama

Romantic dramas are a bit too few and far between in recent years (at least good ones); have we become too cynical in the 21st century, has the burden of existence mean we too seldom scoff at those stories who...

Now on 4K: LE CERCLE ROUGE, Born Innocent, But Not For Long

Alain Delon, André Bourvil, Gian Maria Volontè and Yves Montand star in the great Jean-Pierre Melville's classic heist thriller.

Blu-ray Review: WRITTEN ON THE WIND

Watching Written on the Wind was my first introduction to the famous auteur of the melodramatic, Douglas Sirk (Imitation of Life, Magnificent Obsession, Hitler’s Madman). The 2K Blu-ray restoration is out now via the Criterion Collection.  Sirk was a German...

Blu-ray Review: THE CELEBRATION, Rampant, Piercing Family Melodrama

Thomas Vinterberg's hit indie led the Dogme 95 movement in fine form, as celebrated on Blu-ray by the Criterion Collection.

Review: Criterion's CITIZEN KANE, The Citizen Kane of Criterions

Orson Welles' celebrated masterpiece stars Joseph Cotton.

Now on Blu-ray: A HARD DAY'S NIGHT, Turn Left at Greenland

John, Paul, George and Ringo star in a fictional documentary, directed by Richard Lester, that became a classic. Now available on 4K Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection.

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.

Criterion in December 2021: ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI, THE LEARNING TREE, THE RED SHOES

A trifecta of goodies await discerning cinema enthusiasts.

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Contemplates Kore-eda's AFTER LIFE

Ideas about any sort of existence after death are plentiful in cultures around the world; while many religions have ideas about either a heaven or hell existence, or simply being some kind of memory, there are some more secular ideas...

Criterion in October 2021: ONIBABA, DEVI, RATCATCHER Present New Scary Season Options

In the middle of a newly expanded blockbuster season, I'm in the mood for Criterion. The specialty label announced their upcoming, atypical arthouse releases for the stereotypical scary season (i.e. October 2021), and the first one that jumps out at...

Watch: Quentin Lee Talks CHUNGKING EXPRESS

In a new Trailers From Hell commentary video, filmmaker Quentin Lee talks about Wong Kar-wai's Chungking Express from a personal perspective -- Lee grew up in Hong Kong -- and also provides cultural context for the film. Lee is one...

Criterion in September: THROW DOWN, Melvin Van Peebles, LOVE & BASKETBALL

When it comes to Johnnie To, I am spoiled, yet also ignorant, which is why the Criterion Collection's announcement that the Hong Kong filmmaker's Throw Down (2004) will be heading for release on the label in September 2021 delighted me...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's Massive WORLD OF WONG KAR WAI Box Set

Physical media is a beautiful thing for those who still treasure it. It can be held, viewed, borrowed, or even traded or sold, and unless something happens to it, there's never a chance that your chosen streaming service won't have...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Toasts Arzner with MERRILY WE GO TO HELL

Too many of the women who made their mark in the early years of cinema have been forgotten; lost to time, lack of proper archiving, and sexism, we know at least from some sources that women contributed to vitrually all...

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.

Review: A GIRL MISSING, Freedom of Expression

Tsutsui Mariko stars in director Fukada Kôji's piercing character study, now streaming on The Criterion Channel.

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.