Tag: criterion

Criterion in December 2022: COOLEY HIGH, THE VELVET UNDERGROUND, Mai Zetterling, Michael Haneke

The Criterion Collection has always put acclaimed filmmakers first. so let's talk about Mai Zetterling and Michael Haneke first. In December 2022, Criterion will be releasing three films from each filmmaker. Michael Haneke: Trilogy collects the first three he directed:...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Takes Us to FROWNLAND

Ronald Bronstein, longtime Josh and Benny Safdie collaborator, directed an outburst of desperation and frustration, now on Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection.

Blu-ray Review: THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD Runs to Criterion

Joachim Trier's unique award-winning jaunt of the heart comes home.

Blu-ray Review: HOTEL DU NORD, Criterion Takes a Poetic Stroll Through Carné's Paris

Paris is arguably the most romanticized city in the world, and no wonder, given the music, the wine, the food, and the stereotype of all of these things being enjoyed by all citizens all the time. Much of early 20th...

Neo-Noir DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS Slinks It's Way to Criterion

Los Angeles, 1948.  The war is over and we won.  That, though, is past.  Victory euphoria?  Fading, fading quickly.  For some, particularly the alienated veterans of classic Film Noir, they’ve survived the fire only to have landed in an altogether different frying pan.  What’s the opposite...

Criterion in September 2022: EXOTICA, SOUND OF METAL, TAKE OUT Lead the Pack

Brian De Palma's 'Blow Out' should blow everyone away in 4K, as should new editions of Henri-Georges Clouzot's 'Le Corbeau' and Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project.

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Tracks Down MR. KLEIN

Joseph Losey deftly directs Alain Delon in this uniquely noir-esque historical fiction.

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...