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Dogfight Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: More Than It Seems

Lili Taylor and River Phoenix shine bright in Dogfight (1991) directed by Nancy Savoca and penned by Bob Comfort. Set ...
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All That Money Can Buy (aka The Devil and Daniel Webster) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

The ancient tale of man selling his soul to the Devil in exchange for wealth and prosperity has been adapted ...
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The Lady Eve Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Preston Sturges Presents a Two-Sided Love Triangle

Based on Monckton Hoffe's “Two Bad Hats,” The Lady Eve is Preston Sturges's third outing as writer/director, and with it, ...
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The Heroic Trio/Executioners Criterion Collection 4K UHD Review: Insane Hong Kong Lady Action

In the pre-Internet era, information about different cultures’ cinema was obscure. It was rumor. It was some still in a ...
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Jackie Chan: Emergence of a Superstar Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: An Enjoyable Six-Pack of Chan’s Early Films

Jackie Chan movies entered into the Criterion Collection in 2019 with the one-two punch of Police Story/Police Story 2. The ...
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Days of Heaven Criterion Collection 4K UHD Review: Blue Harvest

The Criterion Collection has released Days of Heaven (1978; dir. Terrence Malick) in 4K as part of a 4K UHD/Blu-ray ...
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Scorsese Shorts Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Must-own for Fans of the Director

Scorsese Shorts presents a quintet of director Martin Scorsese's early short films, two documentaries from the '70s and three short ...
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No Bears Blu-ray Review: A Powerful Work About the Passion for Filmmaking

I'm not familiar with Jafar Panahi's cinema, but from what I've heard from other film lovers and critics is that ...
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La Bamba Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Soars Far Above Other Hollywood Biopics 

La Bamba (1987) is the story of Richard Valenzuela, known better as Ritchie Valens, a name associated with a song ...
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Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Feels Like We’re Witnessing Real Life

Ever since legendary Japanese filmmaker Yasjuiro Ozu died in 1963, there has been an array of cinematic stories he left ...
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Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams Criterion Collection 4K UHD Review: A Master Reflects

With a master artist, their later works are impossible to judge outside of the context of their careers. One could ...
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One False Move Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Southern Discomfort

Carl Franklin’s work is a blind spot for me, sad to say. While the acclaimed filmmaker has only a few ...
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The Rules of the Game Criterion Collection 4K UHD Review: The Shooting Party

On the brink of WWII, Jean Renoir—inspired by baroque music and an opera, Les Caprices de Marianne—took his collaborators to ...
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The Servant Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Scathing, Subversive Film of Class, Sexuality, and Manipulation

Only a few films in cinematic history have ever portrayed the rather complex dynamics between masters and their manservants, but ...
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Time Bandits Criterion Collection 4K UHD Review: A Child’s Nightmare Fantasy

Is Time Bandits a children's movie? It stars a child, and there's nothing on the face that a child shouldn't ...
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Thelma & Louise Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Two for the Road

Ridley Scott's Thelma & Louise tells a familiar story about two friends on a road trip who unintentionally become outlaws, ...
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Branded to Kill Criterion Collection 4K UHD Review: Yakuza Movie as Experimental Art

Goro Hanada's life is spinning out of control. His wife spends all his money, so he's always on the financial ...
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Wings of Desire Criterion Collection 4K UHD Review: Stay

Not much happens in Wings of Desire (1987; dir. Wim Wenders), but it’s among the most beautiful of films. In ...
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The Seventh Seal Criterion Collection 4K UHD Review: Chess with Death

The Criterion Collection has just released Ingmar Bergman’s film, The Seventh Seal (1957), in 4K UHD. When I first saw ...
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Chilly Scenes of Winter Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Star of the Movie Is Director Joan Micklin Silver

Joan Micklin Silver’s Chilly Scenes of Winter is based on the best-selling book of the same name by Ann Beattie. ...
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Hollywood Shuffle Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Be the Change You Want to See

When struggling actor Robert Townsend was frustrated by the stereotypical and racist roles he was being offered as a black ...
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Dazed and Confused Criterion Collection 4K UHD Review: School’s Out

Dazed and Confused (1993; dir. Richard Linklater) circuits darkness: On the last day of school before the summer of 1976, ...
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Three Colors Trilogy Criterion Collection 4K UHD Review: Enigmatic Masterpieces About People Connecting

The Three Colors of this film trilogy, Blue, White, and Red, are so-chosen for the French tri-color flag (sorry, U.S.A.) ...
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The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Wondrous Story about a Wondrous Storyteller by a Wondrous Filmmaker

Co-writer/director Terry Gilliam's The Adventures of Baron Munchausen has the distinction of being the sixth Gilliam-directed title (#1166) released by ...
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Cooley High Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Coming-of-Age Gem Authentically Told from a Black Perspective

Usually, when you think of Black-oriented films from the 1970s, you mind automatically gears toward the Blaxploitation genre, which usually ...
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Make Way for Tomorrow Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Children Just Don’t Understand

Existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre said, “Hell is other people.” That’s hard to disagree with, especially after seeing the way the ...
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Lost Highway Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Neo-noir with a Twist

The opening credits of Lost Highway are a POV from a car racing down a darkened highway, its headlights the ...
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Le Corbeau Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Poison Pen French Noir

France has always been one of the centers of cinema in the world. After all, the Lumiere brothers rivaled Edison ...
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If…. Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: If Only It Had a Plot

This 1969 UK film has exactly one notable claim to fame: Malcolm McDowell’s first star turn in a film just ...
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Hotel du Nord Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Somber French Realist Classic

I was not always familiar with legendary filmmaker Marcel Carne's work, such as 1938's Port of Shadows, or his 1945 ...
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Devil in a Blue Dress Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Denzel Washington Makes Solving Mysteries Look Easy

Based on Walter Mosley's 1990 novel of the same name, Carl Franklin's Devil in a Blue Dress is an engaging ...
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The Worst Person in the World Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Breathtakingly Honest

Seeing The Worst Person in the World, filmmaker Joachim Trier's breathtakingly honest and so in-the-moment take on relationships and finding ...
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The Red Shoes Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: 15 Minutes in Heaven

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s classic 1948 film treads a well-worn path of backstage drama at a stage production, but ...
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Mississippi Masala Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Mira Nair’s Beguiling Sophomore Film

Films about star-crossed lovers has been old as time itself, but we arguably don't get those about interracial or intercontinental ...
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‘Round Midnight Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Perhaps the Greatest and Most Compelling Jazz Film Ever Made

The late, great Bertrand Tavernier wasn't just a highly influential film critic, he was also an incredible filmmaker with vast ...
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Bringing Up Baby Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Bone up on a Comedy Classic

Directed by Howard Hawks and based on Hagar Wilde's short story, which Criterion includes in the booklet, Bringing Up Baby ...
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The Piano Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Jane Campion’s Sublime Masterpiece

Despite all the accolades and acclaim, director Jane Campion still seems to be continuously undervalued and taken for granted. That's ...
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High Sierra Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Raoul Walsh Tells a Story Twice

Based on W. R. Burnett's second novel, director Roaul Walsh's High Sierra (1941) is a captivating crime drama notable for ...
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The Learning Tree Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Semi-Autobiographical Story from Gordon Parks

There have been so many films about growing up where characters (mostly youth) deal with first love, family issues, peer ...
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Throw Down Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Brawl Room Blitz

Johnnie To’s Throw Down is a titular double entendre. Not only is it a film about martial arts (kind of); ...
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The Incredible Shrinking Man Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Giant-Sized Fun

I wonder what it is about stories of humans being shrunk down to tiny size or living in a land ...
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Ratcatcher Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Definite Punch to the Gut

Despite only having four feature-length films and a handful of shorts, filmmaker Lynne Ramsay has crafted a compelling body of ...
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Love & Basketball Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Love Story That Feels Fresh

There are so many cinematic tales of young love that spans time that are riddled with clichés. They usually have ...
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Mona Lisa Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Neo-noir with a Mystic Smile

The first time I remember seeing Bob Hoskins was as Eddie Valiant the hard-boiled, yet ultimately soft-hearted detective working for ...
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The Damned Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Demonstrative Descent into Family Destruction

In almost every family, there is, arguably, a hidden sense of evil. When the soul gets twisted and corrupted, so ...
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Beasts of No Nation Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Not Soon Forgotten

I may have used the phrase "War is Hell" in one my previous reviews, but you can't describe war as ...
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Ashes and Diamonds Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Polish Masterpiece

A little over a decade ago my wife and I lived in Shanghai, China. At the time, and probably still ...
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Deep Cover Criterion Collection Blu-Ray Review: Neo-Noir with a Message

Russell Stevens (Laurence Fishburne) is a good cop. He's also a black man. And a good, black cop is exactly ...
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Pickup on South Street Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Sam Fuller Blends Film Noir with a Cold War Spy Thriller

Samuel Fuller directed and wrote the screenplay for Pickup on South Street, a movie that blends film noir with a ...
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Visions of Eight Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: An Octathlon of Olympic Shorts

I'm not what you'd call an enthusiast of sports. Honestly, I don't like, watch, or play sports. I've never been ...
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World of Wong Kar Wai Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: What a Wonderful World

Wong Kar Wai burst into the international film scene in the 1980s and has remained an icon ever since. While ...
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Trances Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Beautiful Audiovisual Journey

During a four-month period, filmmaker Ahmed El-Maanouni followed the politically and peace-minded avant-pop band Nass El Ghiwane on their tour ...
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Flowers of Shanghai Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Mise-ry en Scene

This Taiwanese movie was based on a novel about “flower houses” of 19th century Shanghai, high class establishments where courtesans ...
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Fast Times at Ridgemont High Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Standout Comedy

Amy Heckerling's Fast Times at Ridgemont High was written by Cameron Crowe, who went undercover at a San Diego high ...
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Masculin Feminin Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Tres Chic

Jean-Luc Godard’s study of young love in Paris pulses with style but doesn’t have much of a story. The film ...
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Irma Vep Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Great Milestone in Olivier Assayas’s Body of Work

There have been so many films about the often chaotic circumstances and behind-the-scenes drama about the making of a film. ...
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The Furies (1950) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Fascinating Film of Familial Conflict

Based on Niven Busch's 1948 novel of the same name, which Criterion has included in paperback, Anthony Mann's The Furies ...
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Memories of Murder Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The South Korean Zodiac

A woman has been brutally raped and murdered. Her body was shoved into a drain ditch. Detective Park Doo-man (Song ...
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History Is Made at Night (1937) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Love Crosses the Atlantic

Director Frank Borzage, who grew up with Hollywood, making (and acting in) silents from 1916 and remaining active up to ...
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Secrets & Lies Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Cinema at Its Best

Legendary British director Mike Leigh is one of cinema's greatest and most profound humanists. He crafts beautifully painful portraits of ...
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Céline and Julie Go Boating Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Long, Strange, Riveting Film

Julie (Dominique Labourier), a young woman with big, curly red hair, sits on a park bench distractedly reading a book ...
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Touki bouki Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Deserves to be Seen and Discovered

I must admit that African cinema usually goes way over my head. I mostly gloss over it in favor of ...
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The Parallax View Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Second Entry in Pakula’s Political Paranoia Trilogy

Based on Loren Singer's 1970 novel of the same name, Alan J. Pakula's The Parallax View is the second entry ...
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Smooth Talk Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Teen’s Roller Coaster Ride from Innocence to Harsh Reality

1985's Smooth Talk, directed by Joyce Chopra (Murder in a Small Town, The Lemon Sisters, Blonde), follows restless teenager Connie ...
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Chop Shop Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Miracle of Independent Cinema

With his wonderful 2005 Man Push Cart, filmmaker Ramin Bahrani beautifully captured the grim circumstances of being an immigrant in ...
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Man Push Cart Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Essential Cinema

Foreigners in a foreign land express the often grim, depressing, but sometimes hopeful studies of immigrants desperate to survive a ...
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Mandabi Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Unexpected Money Leads to Lots of Problems

One of the things that Ousmane Sembène’s second feature film does that so few films do is, take lesser-known actors ...
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Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue tour was in support of his album Desire, released January 5, 1976 between the two ...
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The Ascent Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Larisa Shepitko’s Masterpiece

The Ukranian-born Larisa Shepitko (one of the greatest female filmmakers of all-time) had only made a few features and short ...
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Three Films by Luis Buñuel Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Don’s Swan Songs

As Luis Buñuel neared the end of his life, he swore each time he made a film that it would ...
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Crash (1996) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: An Anti-Erotic Film

"Prophecy is dirty and ragged", says Vaughan, while complaining about the cleanliness of the tattoo he gets on his chest. ...
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Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Two Takes Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

As a passionately dedicated lover of film, I really enjoy that not every film has to be a cliche, meaning ...
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Mouchette Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: So Beautiful, So Sad

The opening scene to Mouchette, Robert Bresson's 1967 drama, finds a young man tying little loops of wire to branches ...
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The Irishman (2019) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Welcome Addition to Martin Scorsese’s Filmography

Martin Scorsese's epic The Irishman makes a fitting bookend to his gangster films as one mobster tells his story while ...
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The Hit Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Gem of Film by Stephen Frears

The action film always comes with cliches, meaning that they usually contain car chases, explosions, and non-stop action. Sometimes these ...
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Parasite (2019) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Rich Fam, Poor Fam

One of the hardest things for a filmmaker to do is blend multiple genres together and do it so seamlessly. ...
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The Gunfighter Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Price of Fame

Set in the Southwest Territory of the 1880s, a Texan named Jimmy Ringo (Gregory Peck) was known the fastest gun. ...
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Claudine Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Ahead of Its Time

In the 1970s, the blaxploitation genre of film exploded, and it was usually centered on stories of masculine black men, ...
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Pierrot le Fou Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Still Feels Modern and Fresh

The legendary and unclassifiable filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard is reaching his 90th birthday this year (in just two months from now), and ...
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Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 3 Criterion Collection Box Set Review

Legendary writer/director and noted film buff Martin Scorsese established The Film Foundation's World Cinema Project in 2007 to restore and ...
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Christ Stopped at Eboli Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Emotionally Captivating

Listed as one of the 1,001 movies you need to see before you die, Christ Stopped at Eboli is a film of ...
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Beau Travail Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Mysterious, Haunting, and Transformative

The great and visionary director Claire Denis is one the greatest cinematic poets of our time. She's a provocative and ...
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Toni Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: An Influential French Drama

In 1934, acclaimed French director Jean Renoir left the studio in Paris and headed for the countryside in the south ...
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Town Bloody Hall Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Verbal Battle of the Sexes

Documentaries, more than any other category of film, successfully (or sometimes unsuccessfully) captures reality at its most uncomfortable means. Whatever ...
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The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Angela Winkler Is Sensational

In today's uncivilized world where humanity comes second (or dead last) to politics and where the police take the law ...
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Taste of Cherry Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Not to Everyone’s Taste

Abbas Kiarostami's understated film won the prestigious Palme d'Or Award at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival, leading to its initial ...
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Marriage Story Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Emotionally Brutal and Full of Life

I'm not an expert on marriage, but seeing many films about it, I guess I can at least say that ...
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Portrait of a Lady on Fire Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Burning Bright

Writer/director Celine Sciamma's latest film is both exhilarating and depressing: spellbinding because of its absolute excellence and disheartening because it ...
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The Cameraman Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Star Begins to Fade

Although a talented filmmaker, Buster Keaton wasn't a great business man and his box-office struggles caused him to sign on ...
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An Unmarried Woman Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Bold and Groundbreaking

As I mentioned in my Pick of the Week recently, the 1970s were a very pivotal time for women. There was the ...
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When We Were Kings Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Marvelous Time Capsule of Muhammad Ali in 1974

Leon Gast's When We Were Kings documents the "Rumble in the Jungle," the legendary boxing match between undefeated heavyweight champion George Foreman ...
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Matewan Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Labor Pains

John Sayles' Matewan is a dramatization of the Matewan massacre (1920), a battle that took place in the town of Matewan, West ...
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Roberto Rossellini’s War Trilogy Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Intro to Italian Neorealism 101

In reaction to what many were experiencing in Italy under Mussolini and after World War II, the Italian neorealism movement ...
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Three Fantastic Journeys by Karel Zeman Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Trips Worth Taking

I've been a big fan of movies for most of my 50-odd years on this planet and have enjoyed a ...
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Antonio Gaudí Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Tone Poem of Gaudí, Barcelona, and Art

Antonio Gaudí, a film by Japanese director Hiroshi Teshigahara (1927-2001), is a tone poem of Gaudí, Barcelona, and art - ...
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Teorema Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Pasolini’s Most Accessible Work

The late director Pier Paolo Pasolini was a very controversial filmmaker to begin with. His often taboo-breaking subject matter didn't ...
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Tunes of Glory Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: An Acting Tour de Force

I have been on a bit of an Alec Guinness kick of late. He's an actor I knew and loved ...
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Old Joy Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Quite Reflective and Moving

Director Kelly Reichardt has become one of my favorite directors. She is one of the very few maverick filmmakers of ...
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All About Eve Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: All the World’s a Stage

Best Picture Oscar winners don't always age well, but as All About Eve approaches its 70th anniversary, it's every bit as entertaining ...
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Now, Voyager Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Superior Tearjerker

With her saucer eyes, unparalled intensity, and unbridled non-vanity, Bette Davis has been and still is regarded as one of ...
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The Circus Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Tramp Plays the Big Top

Made between his classic films The Gold Rush and City Lights, Charlie Chaplin's The Circus presents an entertaining outing for the Tramp who once again ...
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Polyester Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: John Waters’ First Big-Budget Film

Polyester, John Waters' first big budget, mainstream film, was released by in 1981 by New Line Cinema. Its $300,000 budget ...
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Shampoo Criterion Collection Review: Long Hair Don’t Care

Few films capture the mood of late '60s Los Angeles quite like Shampoo does; and few films of the '70s—that hallowed, so-called ...
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The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Gentle Ozu Comedy

The first thing to get used to in an Ozu film is the camera perspective. He never (or at least ...
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The Koker Trilogy Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Rise of Abbas Kiarostami

This series of Iranian films is a trilogy in only the loosest sense, as they don't share overlapping casts or ...
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The BRD Trilogy Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Fassbinder at His Best

When World War II ended, Germany was due a reckoning. As a nation, they had to come to terms not ...
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Hedwig and the Angry Inch Criterion Collection Review: Visually Stunning and Aesthetically Engaging

In 2001, writer, director, and star John Cameron-Mitchell and composer and lyricist Stephen Trask took their cutting-edge musical Hedwig and the ...
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Swing Time Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Fine Film

Swing Time is the sixth of ten films that Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers appeared in together. It has great songs ...
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Let the Sunshine In Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Love Is…Brutally Human

For most people, love is a constant slope towards madness and eventual pain. We crave it, but sometimes, when it's ...
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Diamonds of the Night Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Story of Youth Under Fire with a Brilliantly Fractured Eye

There are many similarities between Luis Bunuel and underrated auteur/director Jan Nemec. They both use surrealism to dictate the often ...
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The Kid Brother Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Comedic Gem

I'm not too familiar with the work of Harold Lloyd, and The Kid Brother is actually the first film of his that ...
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The Magnificent Ambersons Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Flawed Masterpiece, but Still a Worthwhile Film

Before getting into the history of the film: the mangling by the studio, the likely deliberately destroyed edited footage, and ...
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Shame (1968) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Harrowing, Nightmarish Bergman Masterpiece

War is Hell. They're have been many films that tackled the often difficult subject of war, and its effects on ...
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The Princess Bride Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: As Good As You Wish

Based on the novel by William Goldman, who also wrote the screenplay, Rob Reiner's The Princess Bride is a fantasy ...
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Mikey and Nicky Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Elaine May Should Be Unanimously Acclaimed

When it comes to underappreciated figures of film, none are more legendary and important than Elaine May. After a successful ...
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A Dry White Season Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Truly Gripping Cinema

Racism is one those things that just doesn't seem to go away. Every day you turn on the news to ...
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A Story from Chikamatsu Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Tale Worth Watching

When an adulterous nobleman learns that his wife is rumored to be carrying on an affair with a member of ...
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Shampoo Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Head and Shoulders Above the Rest

Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of this film is Warren Beatty's glorious hair. Playing a Beverly Hills hairdresser/lothario named George, ...
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A Raisin in the Sun Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Wonderfully Acted Film

While some movies about the African-American experience are embarrassing and downright stereotypical, there are others that realistically transcend the bad ...
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My Man Godfrey Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: My Man Powell Strikes Gold

At a glance, My Man Godfrey appears to be a typical formulaic production from Hollywood's golden age. Headlined by two ...
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Smithereens Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Indie Filmmaking at Its Most Raw and Unpolished

Films about women by women are pretty rare these days. These are stories about women taking control of their lives ...
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Dragon Inn Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Villains Check In but They Don’t Check Out

King Hu's second entry into the Criterion Collection is Dragon Inn (1967), his first film after leaving the Shaw Brothers ...
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Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Portrait of the Artist As a Fascinating Man

Yukio Mishima carved out a career as an esteemed playwright and author before ending his life by taking over a ...
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Women in Love Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Naked Men, Wrestling

It's difficult not to compare the time in which Ken Russell adapted Women in Love (1969) to the time in ...
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Baal Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Unbearable, Unflinching, and Savage

When the legendary Rainer Werner Fassbinder died in 1982 at the age of 37, he really did leave behind an ...
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An Actor’s Revenge Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Kabuki Costumes in Modernist Cinema

Yukinojo, the kabuki female impersonator who gets the titular vengeance in Kon Ichikawa's An Actor's Revenge (1963), is a tough ...
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The Hero Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Long Train Ride into the Soul of an Artist

Arindam Mukherjee (Uttam Kumar), an enormously famous movie star, boards an overnight train from Calcutta to Delhi to receive a ...
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Elevator to the Gallows Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Ruthless People

Louis Malle's directorial debut is notable for numerous reasons. He was only 24 years old at the time, fresh off ...
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The Complete Monterey Pop Festival (Remastered) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

Previously released from Criterion in 2009, The Complete Monterey Pop Festival collects three D.A. Pennebaker film's: Monterey Pop, Jimi Plays ...
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Jabberwocky Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Frabjous Film! Callooh! Callay!

After co-directing Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Terry Gilliam returned to the Dark Ages for his first solo outing, ...
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Jabberwocky Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Frabjous Film! Callooh! Callay!

After co-directing Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Terry Gilliam returned to the Dark Ages for his first solo outing, ...
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Kameradschaft Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Cry for Cooperation

It's difficult to separate Kameradschaft from its historical context. Released in 1931, this story of cooperation between French and Germans ...
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Westfront 1918 Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Unglamorously Shows War the Way That It Is

When depicting war, no other medium can do it as mercilessly as film. War movies can be as dire and ...
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The Breakfast Club Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Don’t You Forget About These Bonus Features

While The Breakfast Club is justifiably revered as a classic teen film, primarily due to the involvement of masterful writer/director ...
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General Idi Amin Dada: A Self-Portrait Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

General Idi Amin Dada: A Self-Portrait is the 1974 documentary film by Barbet Schroeder. Known for such films as Bar ...
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Desert Hearts Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: An Unsung Queer Classic

I never wanted Desert Hearts to end. I didn't want to leave behind the breathtaking scenery of the desert and ...
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Festival (1967) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Better Than Woodstock

In the early part of the 20th Century, various folklorists, including John Lomax, wandered about the country documenting the songs ...
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Vampyr Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Come for the Film, Stay for the Book

Although Vampyr was released way back in 1932, it isn't the first vampire film, as it was released after the ...
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Certain Women Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Truly Amazing Film

When it comes to filmmaking, from the past to the present, it is always men at the forefront. However, and ...
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David Lynch: The Art Life Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: With Chemicals, He Points

I remember my first encounter with a David Lynch film was in 2004 during my Introduction to Film class at ...
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Sid & Nancy Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: They Did It Their Way

Director/co-writer Alex Cox's Sid & Nancy tells the story of the short, tragic love affair between Sex Pistols' bassist Sid ...
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The Manchurian Candidate (1962) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Assassination, She Wrote

Based on Richard Condon's novel of the same name, John Frankenheimer's The Manchurian Candidate is a captivating Cold War political ...
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Hopscotch Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Matthau Supremacy

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The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Stealth Double Feature

The Criterion Collection's release of Alfred Hitchcock's third feature, The Lodger (1927), is actually a stealth double feature of Hitchcock ...
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Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Masterpiece of Control

Who's in the mood for meatloaf with a side of existential dread? OK, I'm only so glib because writing about ...
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Roma Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Rome, I Love You

In the opening text prior to the start of Roma, we get a detailed explanation of how the original version ...
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Good Morning (1959) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Japanese Master’s Flatulent Comedy

Comedy doesn't tend to get the respect of drama in movie writing. Like horror, its effectiveness depends on whether or ...
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Buena Vista Social Club Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Cuban Musicians Get the Recognition They Deserve

When it comes to music, there are many styles and cultures: Mexican, Spanish, Portugese, etc. However, Cuban music seems to ...
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Tampopo Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: An Endearing, Sensual, and Tasty Experience

Some of the best films about food not only include food itself, but the reasons why it is essential, especially ...
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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Vote for Pedro

There are few films which can combine failed romances, hysteria, spiked gazpacho, the fine art of voiceover acting, and get ...
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45 Years Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Art of Quiet Devastation

The camera never strays far from Charlotte Rampling in Andrew Haigh's 45 Years, and for good reason. In this elegant, ...
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Canoa: A Shameful Memory Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Harrowing but Important

In this day and age, politics have become a horror show, meaning that corruption and savagery usually comes first, and ...
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Cameraperson Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Beautiful, Sad, Wonderful

Sometimes when I can't sleep, I'll lie in bed at night and think about all the different houses and apartments ...
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Cameraperson Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: No Better Film Experience Last Year

When it comes to human honesty, there is no better genre of film stronger than the documentary. In a time ...
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Heart of a Dog Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Moving Meditation from a Singular Artist

Can a film permeated with thoughts on death be playful? Can it be uplifting? Can it be equally cerebral and ...
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Lone Wolf and Cub Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Manga Comes to Life

As the shogun executioner, Ogami Itto has a comfortable gig until he falls from grace and endures the death of ...
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The Executioner Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: An Introduction to a Spanish Filmmaking Giant

Even among dedicated English-speaking cinephiles, the name Luis García Berlanga might not immediately spark a glimmer of recognition. The great ...
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Valley of the Dolls Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Laughter, Tears, and a Mountain of Dolls!

Written by Kristen Lopez America was a bit of a mess in the 1960s, not just on the national stage ...
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Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Dekalog Review: Completely Worth Your Time

Watching the episodes of Krzysztof Kieslowski's Dekalog reminds me of how few auteurs there are anymore. Part of it is ...
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The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: An Early Masterwork

Kiku (Shotaro Hanyagi) is the adopted son of Kabuki royalty in Tokyo. As the presumed heir to this theatrical throne, ...
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A Taste of Honey Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Taste of Adolescence

Written by Kristen Lopez A renaissance in British cinema erupted in the 1960s; known as the Free Cinema and instigated ...
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Woman in the Dunes Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Digging out a Life in Sand

Every night, the woman shovels sand from the bottom of a hole, which gets carted up by a rope pulley, ...
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Speedy Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The End of an Era

Not only is "Speedy" the title character played by Harold Lloyd in his last silent film and last appearance as ...
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The Immortal Story Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Marvel of Deep Emotion and Haunting Spareness

We all knew that Orson Welles was mad, but we also knew that he had the ability to make cinematic ...
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The In-Laws (1979) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: So Funny It Never Wears out Its Welcome

While there's a lot of hand-wringing and pearl-clutching that goes on whenever a sequel or remake is announced in Hollywood, ...
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La Chienne Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Early Renoir is a Delight

Life has not gone well for Maurice Legrand (Michel Simon). He works as a cashier for a hosiery company and ...
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Le Amiche Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Antonioni Drains the Passion from Melodrama

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The Naked Island Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Kaneto Shindo's film about the daily struggles of a poor farming family has one major hook: a total absence of ...
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Barcelona Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Innocent Imperialists Abroad

The first thing to get about Barcelona is the movie is sympathetic to its protagonists. Fred and Ted are cousins ...
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Brief Encounter Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Small but Poignant

Christ, David Lean knew how to compose a shot. I swear you could take all of his movies, put them ...
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The American Friend Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Tense Blend of Suspense and Character Study

There have been a few cinematic adaptations of famed author Patricia Highsmith's stories, such as 1951's Strangers on a Train, ...
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The Emigrants / The New Land Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Profound Cinematic Experience Like No Other

There have been many films about the dangerous journey of immigrants to America, the land of prosperity and new beginnings, ...
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Bitter Rice Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Beauty of the Downtrodden

Long before Dino De Laurentiis was a noted Hollywood producer, he produced Italian films such as this 1949 drama. Interestingly, ...
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Night and the City Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Jules Dassin’s Marvelous London Noir

Based on the novel of the same name by Gerald Kersh, although director Jules Dassin claims never to have read ...
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Jellyfish Eyes Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Surprisingly Unsurprising 

The most surprising thing about unconventional artist Takashi Murakami's first feature-length directorial effort is that it is entirely conventional. Based ...
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Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Glimpses into the Heart of the Artist

By the time Bob Dylan toured England in the Spring of 1965, he’d released five albums (two of which went ...
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A Special Day Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Special Performances from Italian Screen Legends

The setup for this Italian film is deceptively simple, but belies the impact of the performances by its two stars, ...
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The Honeymoon Killers Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Striking Portrait of Isolation

The only film ever directed by opera composer Leonard Kastle, The Honeymoon Killers wears its influences on its sleeve, but ...
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Two Days, One Night Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Devastatingly Beautiful

In the industrial town of Seraing, Belgium, Sandra (Marion Cotillard) has been on sick leave from her manufacturing job after ...
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The French Lieutenant’s Woman Criterion Collection Review: Parallel Tales Rooted in Forbidden Passions 

Based on the John Fowles novel, The French Lieutenant's Woman tells parallel tales rooted in forbidden passions and the complexity ...
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My Beautiful Laundrette Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Film Stands the Test of Time

When discussing some of the most influential LGBT films, Stephen Frears' 1985 modern classic My Beautiful Laundrette usually is one ...
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Limelight Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Chaplin’s Coda

My Chaplin journey hasn't been linear. I didn't start with the silent shorts and work my way through The Kid ...
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Here Is Your Life Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: An Engrossing and Enervating Debut

A film that's both engrossing and enervating at turns, Here is Your Life kicked off the feature-film career of Swedish ...
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The Killers (1946) / (1964) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: An Intriguing Double Feature

Like taking a comparative literature class, The Killers from the Criterion Collection offers a great opportunity to see how artists ...
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Five Easy Pieces Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: One Easy Role to Nicholson’s Stardom

A year removed from his breakout supporting turn in Easy Rider, Jack Nicholson moved to headliner status in this 1970 ...
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The Friends of Eddie Coyle Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Crime, Lowkey, and Unsentimental

Released about a year after Coppola's crime epic, The Godfather, The Friends of Eddie Coyle was seen by some critics ...
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Odd Man Out Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Deft and Thrilling Storytelling

There have been many films about personal and conflicted crisis of conscience, such as American Beauty (1999), The Apostle (1997), ...
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A Brief History of Time Criterion Collection Review: A Quirky, Idiosyncratic Tribute

Everyone knows the story of Stephen Hawking, the iconic physicist, cosmologist, author, and director of research. They also know that ...
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The Thin Blue Line Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Paradigm Shift

Rarely do you watch a film and actually pinpoint where a genre actually changes. You watch Clerks or Pulp Fiction ...
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Gates of Heaven / Vernon, Florida Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Loving the Absurd

“I love the absurd,” says Errol Morris in one of the extras on the new Criterion Collection Blu-ray edition of ...
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An Autumn Afternoon Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Master’s Final Masterpiece

Before he died of cancer on his 60th birthday in 1963, Yasujiro Ozu left us with one final masterpiece in ...
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Young Mr. Lincoln Criterion Collection DVD Review: Ford’s Greatest Overlooked Film

Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) may be the greatest overlooked film John Ford (1894 - 1973) ever made. To call a ...
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The Vanishing (1988) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Thriller as Character Study

The missing person is the greatest motif of the mystery story. Even if the murder story is more common (and ...
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The Night Porter Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Nazi Love Story

Normally I'd say that the space between True Art and exploitation is wide and wandering, but if The Night Porter ...
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It Happened One Night Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Original Runaway Bride

It's hard to imagine now, but there was a time in cinematic history when romantic comedies were extremely rare. That ...
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AFI Fest 2014 Review: Two Days, One Night

After a brief absence from her solar-panel plant job, Sandra (Marion Cotillard) gets word on a Friday afternoon that she ...
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PlayTime Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Hulot vs. Modernization

As we film buffs know the works of Chaplin, Godard, Dreyer, and Antonioni, we are able to see their versions ...
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All That Jazz Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Lord of the Dance

Joe Gideon is tired. Tired of women, tired of choreography, tired of drugs, and yet inexplicably driven to continue pursuing ...
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Insomnia (1997) Criterion Collection Review: An Influential Thriller

I sat down to write this upon the day of hearing of the passing of Robin Williams.  He took a ...
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Persona Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: An Absolute Must Have

Everyone agrees that Ingmar Bergman is one of the greatest director's of world cinema. Almost no one disagrees that his ...
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Persona (1966) Criterion Collection Review: Chilling, Strange, and Metaphysical

In my own opinion, no other film in history has garnered so much critical analysis as Ingmar Bergman's 1966 masterpiece, ...
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Hearts and Minds (1974) Criterion Collection Review: A Riveting Documentary of the Vietnam War

The Academy Award-winning Hearts and Minds is the most riveting war documentary I have ever seen. The raw footage and ...
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Like Someone in Love Criterion Collection Review: An Authentic Illusion

Written by S. Edward Sousa Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kariostami has spent a lifetime constructing films meant to blur the line ...
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Riot in Cell Block 11 Criterion Collection DVD Review: Stuck in Folsom Prison

Directed by Don Siegel, the 1954 movie Riot in Cell Block 11 offers a gritty, authentic look at the prison ...
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Il Sorpasso Criterion Collection Review: An Endearing, Incisive Road Movie

The comedy of Dino Risi's road movie Il Sorpasso hums along beautifully, just like the gorgeous Lancia Aurelia convertible one ...
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Master of the House Criterion Collection DVD Review: As Boring as it is Important

As a self-confessed film buff, I have to admit that my knowledge is severely lacking when it comes to silent ...
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The Hidden Fortress Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Gold Standard

A long time ago in a country far, far away, esteemed director Akira Kurosawa filmed a grand adventure that took ...
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Kagemusha Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: And a Thief Shall Lead Them 

From his debut as a director with Sanshiro Sugata (1943) through to Red Beard (1965), director Akira Kurosawa averaged releasing ...
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Ran Criterion Collection DVD Review: Akira Kurosawa’s Final Masterpiece

Ran is Kurosawa's last masterpiece from a man who made many. He made three more films afterwards, but none came ...
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Tess Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Polanski’s Vision of Victorian England

Tess is an unforgettable film, and one of the finest of Roman Polanski's career. The fact that it lost to ...
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King of the Hill (1993) Criterion Collection Review: Soderbergh Goes Mainstream (Or Does He?)

For those who insist on dividing Steven Soderbergh's filmography into the reductive “one for me” and “one for them” categories, ...
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Fantastic Mr. Fox Criterion Collection Review:  It is Quote-Unquote Fantastic

Like most great directors, Wes Anderson has created a very distinctive style for his films. They live in a world ...
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Naked Lunch Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Enter the Interzone

By incorporating elements of William S. Burroughs' life into the screenplay, David Cronenberg's Naked Lunch is not a straight adaptation ...
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Jules and Jim Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Seminal French New Wave Love Triangle

The greatest literature is often inspired by true events, and the story behind Francois Truffaut's Jules and Jim (1962) is ...
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The Long Day Closes Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Terence Davies’ Personal Vision of Liverpool

Terence Davies plumbs his Liverpool upbringing in 1992's brilliantly dense The Long Day Closes, a film that is as much ...
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La vie de bohème Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Aki Kaurismäki Does Tragedy and Comedy Equally Well

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Grey Gardens (1976) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: An S-T-A-U-N-C-H Classic

The Film A landmark in documentary filmmaking and possibly the most well known work from the school of direct cinema, ...
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City Lights Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Well Received and Slightly Defiant

The Criterion Collection has returned to the well again this month.  They are releasing the fifth film in their Charlie ...
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The Uninvited (1944) Criterion Collection DVD Review: Who ‘Ya Gonna Call?

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John Cassavetes: Five Films Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Independent Spirit

Whether or not you enjoy the directorial efforts of John Cassavetes, it's impossible to overlook his contribution to the rise ...
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I Married a Witch Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Veronica Lake Bewitches, Bothers, and Bewilders

Written by Kristen Lopez Halloween may be over, but any time is a good time for a new Halloween classic ...
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La Notte Criterion Collection DVD Review: They Don’t Make ‘Em Like This Anymore

La Notte is definitely a film from a different era where plots were not entirely clear until the third act, ...
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Blue Is the Warmest Color Movie Review: A Compelling Story About Love and Life

Abdellatif Kechiche's Blue Is the Warmest Color is a beautiful, coming-of-age story set over the course of about 10 years ...
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I Married a Witch Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Low on Magic, High on Fumes

Directed by René Clair, I Married a Witch is low on magic and high on fumes. Its major selling feature ...
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Eyes Without a Face Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Mesmerizing, Poetic Film

In the 1950s French critics and cultural purveyors thought that horror films were beneath them. Monsters and gore were not ...
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I Married a Witch Criterion Collection DVD Review: Truly Bewitching

Forget Elizabeth Montgomery in Bewitched; the most beautiful witch of all time is Veronica Lake in I Married a Witch ...
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La Cage aux Folles Criterion Collection DVD Review: Classic French Farce Bliss

Eighteen years before the enjoyable-but-ultimately-uncalled-for remake, The Birdcage hit theater screens across the world, La Cage aux Folles first introduced ...
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3 Films by Roberto Rossellini Starring Ingrid Bergman Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: On the Verge of a New Cinematic World

The FilmsThough their collaborations were largely overshadowed by the scandal of their romance, Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman proved to ...
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3 Films by Roberto Rossellini Starring Ingrid Bergman Criterion Collection DVD Review: The Definitive Journey

When Roberto Rossellini's Rome, Open City (1945) won the Grand Prize at Cannes in 1946, he was recognized as the ...
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La Cage aux Folles Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: “Utter Hell” to Make, Pure Heaven to Watch

Director Édouard Molinaro considered the making of his La Cage aux Folles as "utter hell," but it's hard not to ...
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The Earrings of Madame de … Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Direction of Max Ophuls Dazzles Like a Diamond

Director Max Ophuls' penultimate film The Earrings of Madame de ... is a classic French '50s melodrama that rivals its ...
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The Devil’s Backbone Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: One of Guillermo del Toro’s Most Personal Films

Guillermo del Toro is one of the most interesting directors currently making films because of his unique vision and style. ...
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Slacker Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Formally Fascinating, Warmly Hilarious Film

The FilmRichard Linklater's Slacker is a film that sounds like a doodle on paper, a fun little experiment from the ...
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Autumn Sonata Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Utterly Sad and Nearly Perfect

Our monthly Foreign Film Night is typically very sparsely attended. This is not unexpected as one cannot plan for a ...
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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Masterfully Acted and Presented

The 1960s Cold War era proved a fertile time for the spy movie genre. James Bond offered a glamorous, high-tech ...
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The Devil’s Backbone Criterion Collection DVD Review: Hell Is for Children

During the mid '90s, my fascination with all things foreign and artsy-like led me into the welcoming arms of two ...
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The Big City Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Girl Power

Prior to The Big City, director Satyajit Ray had never tackled a contemporary project, choosing to focus on explorations of ...
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Charulata Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Indian Film, European Sensibility

This is not a Bollywood film, at least not in the accepted modern-day definition of the term. Half a century ...
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Babette’s Feast Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Tale of Love, Life, and Food

Gabriel Axel's multiple award-winning film Babette's Feast takes place almost entirely in a tiny, remote, 19th century village somewhere near ...
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To Be or Not to Be (1942) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: You’ll Get a ‘Terrific Laugh’ Out of This One

Written by Kristen Lopez In 1942, the U.S. hadn't entered World War II and audiences were unaware of the horrific ...
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Shoah Criterion Collection DVD Review: Superb Release of Haunting, Tragic Film

Shoah is a film about trains. Inside its nearly 10 hours of running time, the image and movement of the ...
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The Thin Red Line Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: An Impressive Movie

There's something to be said about be prolific. Take Alfred Hitchcock's work for example - there are runs of three-four ...
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The Ice Storm Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Person’s Body Is His Temple

There is a moment in Ang Lee's The Ice Storm, now available on Criterion Collection Blu-ray, where the 14-year-old Mikey ...
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3:10 To Yuma (1957) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The High Cost of Living

Though the story of a lone man standing up for what is right is a common Western motif, Delmer Daves' ...
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Babette’s Feast Criterion Collection DVD Review: Eye- and Mouth-Watering Delights

About once a month, we host a Foreign Film Night at our house. We invite a few friends over, we ...
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Jubal Criterion Collection DVD Review: An Underrated Western Gem

Written by Brandie Ashe Delmer Daves' 1956 film Jubal is sometimes dismissed as simply a cowboy retelling of William Shakespeare's ...
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Lord of the Flies (1963) Criterion Collection DVD Review: Lightning Struck Twice

William Golding was 43 years old when his first book was published. The year was 1954, and the title of ...
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Lord of the Flies (1963) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Definitive Version of a Classic Text

Written by Kristen Lopez I vividly remember the Lord of the Flies unit in my seventh grade class. I'm not ...
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The Life of Oharu Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Mizoguchi’s Breakthrough Masterpiece

The Film The film that made Kenji Mizoguchi an international sensation and the first in a string of masterpieces that ...
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The Life of Oharu Criterion Collection DVD Review: The Downward Spiral

While watching this film, I was reminded of another tale of a classy lady who gradually becomes marginalized: Anna Karenina. ...
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Life Is Sweet Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Mike Leigh’s International Breakout

Mike Leigh films can be comedies but you'd never put the phrase "light hearted" in front of that description. His ...
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Brazil Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Dreams and Nightmares Courtesy of Terry Gilliam

Terry Gilliam's dystopian classic Brazil, a film about a man fighting against an oppressive system, led to life imitating art ...
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Safety Last! Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Time Is Money

The matter of Harold Lloyd's lack of fame has been of much discussion over the years. He is often cited ...
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Things to Come Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: An Overly Didactic Technical Marvel

The Film An impressive technical achievement, even if its didacticism threatens to overwhelm all other elements, H.G. Wells' Things to ...
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Safety Last! (1923) Criterion Collection DVD Review: A Silent Comedic Masterpiece

The three comedic geniuses of the silent film era were Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd. For various reasons, ...
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Marketa Lazarova Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Defiantly Experimental

You know how Game of Thrones gets really confusing with the various warring clans populated by so many characters that ...
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Things To Come (1936) Criterion Collection DVD Review: An Unforgettable Piece of Cinematic History

H.G. Wells has had a number of books turned into classic films, including The Island of Lost Souls (1932), and ...
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Medium Cool Criterion Collection DVD Review: The Theatrics of Observation and Social Crisis

Filmmaker Haskell Wexler's Medium Cool walks the tender line between fiction and non-fiction, using the cinema vérité method to beg ...
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Life Is Sweet Criterion Collection DVD Review: The Chocolate Thrust of Life Itself

Mike Leigh's wonderful Life Is Sweet is less a film about something and more a film about the thrust of ...
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Wild Strawberries Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Beautiful, Complex, Symbolic Film

I am 37 years old. With luck, I'll live another 37 before I die. At the middle of my life, ...
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Masaki Kobayashi Against the System DVD Review: Angry and Elegant Political Films

Known for his exemplary samurai film Harakiri and three-part World War II humanist epic The Human Condition, Masaki Kobayashi wasn't ...
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Jubal Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Shakespeare in the Wild West

While traditional and contemporary adaptations of William Shakespeare's works have been coming and going since someone figured out how to ...
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Medium Cool Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Living Document of America’s Rebellion

Written by Kristen Lopez The Criterion Collection presents a slice of American history with director/cinematographer Haskell Wexler's, Medium Cool. Filmed ...
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3:10 to Yuma (1957) Criterion Collection DVD Review: You Gotta Trust Delmer Daves on This One

The opening shot of 3:10 to Yuma (1957) sets the film up as perfectly as anything I have ever seen. ...
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Pierre Etaix: Criterion Collection DVD Review: Affordable Pricelessness

For many of the "average" citizens living within the confines of the continental United States of America, the concept of ...
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Band of Outsiders Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: An Odd, Wonderfully Fun Film from the French New Wave

During the 1950s a number of film critics began to criticize French cinema. It was too traditional, too literal, too ...
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Pierre Etaix Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Bringing Etaix’s World to Life

“The defining characteristic of comic cinema,” says French comic, clown and filmmaker Pierre Etaix, “is that it begins with a ...
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Richard III Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Ravishing Technicolor Beauty

The Film The last of Laurence Olivier's three Shakespeare adaptations, Richard III is unquestionably one of the great Shakespeare films, ...
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Richard III (1955) Criterion Collection DVD Review: A Tremendous Film

One of the most striking aspects of the newly restored Richard III (1955) is its magnificent use of color. As ...
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Repo Man Criterion Collection DVD Review: Punk All Over

The seamy underbelly of Los Angeles has been explored in numerous films over the years. A few of my favorites ...
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Ministry of Fear Criterion Collection DVD Review: (Don’t) Let Them Eat Cake

Written by Brandie Ashe Stephen Neale, a handsome young Brit, stares at a clock on the wall, counting down the ...
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Gate of Hell Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Not Quite Heavenly, but Far from Hellish

Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, this Oscar-winning Japanese film has fallen off the radar over the past few decades ...
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Umberto D. Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: An Old Man and His Dog

One of the last great films from the Italian neorealism movement, Vittorio De Sica's Umberto D. focuses on the struggles ...
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Pier Paolo Pasolni’s Trilogy of Life Criterion Collection DVD Review: Make Mine Bunuel

As one of those individuals that became the slightly pretentious artsy-fartsy feller during his teenage years whilst growing up in ...
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The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: It’s a Man’s Life in the Formerly Modern Army

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp is epic in scope, though not scale, as ...
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Badlands Criterion Collection DVD Review: An Exploration of Isolation, Realism, Self-Image, and Violence

Terrence Malick's debut explores isolation, realism, self-image, and violence with the filmmaker's lyrical elegance, setting the footing for an opus ...
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Ugetsu Criterion Collection DVD Review: What Price Desire?

Kenji Mizoguchi is considered one of the masters of Japanese cinema, striking a balance between the contemplation of Ozu and ...
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Badlands Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Birth of a Legend

Forty years ago, writer/director Terrence Malick's first feature film announced the arrival of an important new voice. Through the ensuing ...
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The Blob (1958) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: An Oldie but Goodie Returns in High Def

Watching The Blob (1958) and then watching The Blob (1988) reveals much about how American culture changed over three decades. ...
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The Kid with a Bike Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Another Major Work from the Dardennes

The Film It's time for yet another reminder to be grateful for the Dardennes, those Belgian masters of unmatched cinematic ...
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Being John Malkovich Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich

In Being John Malkovich, the brilliant feature-film debut of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and director Spike Jonze, an unhappily married couple ...
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Sansho the Bailiff Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Ties That Bind

Based on the movie title, one would expect Sansho to be the main character. One would be wrong. In fact, ...
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Chronicle of a Summer Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Fascinating Glimpse into Paris in 1960

I have very recently decided to become a full-blown Francophile. My wife is one. and while I've stuck my toes ...
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The Ballad of Narayama Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Kinoshita’s Kabuki Theatre Envisions Ubasute

The concept of ubasute is at the centre of The Battle of Narayama, the 1958 film by Japanese director Keisuke ...
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Pina Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Striking Elegy for an Artistic Giant

The Film Wim Wenders' gorgeous and touching tribute to modern dance pioneer Pina Bausch is a film birthed out of ...
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Following Criterion Collection DVD Review: Glimpse a Genius Just Finding His Voice

In 1999, a 28-year-old Christopher Nolan couldn't possibly have seen himself directing such big budget films like Inception and The ...
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Two-Lane Blacktop: Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Monte Hellman’s Masterpiece

As anyone who has ever experienced a truly awkward moment of puberty is well aware, growing up is an inevitable ...
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Following Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Christopher Nolan’s Memorable Debut

Before creating his own following with the sensational Memento, Christopher Nolan made his feature-film directorial debut with Following. It is ...
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Ivan’s Childhood Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review:  War is Hell, but Looks Superb

On the surface, this film might not seem to offer much enticement for viewing considering its decidedly downbeat subject matter ...
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The Tin Drum Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Schlöndorff’s German Fable

A dazzlingly dark and often very funny fable, The Tin Drum is a terrific motion picture. The 1979 film by ...
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The Tin Drum Criterion Collection DVD Review: Familial Insanity Mirrors Nazi Germany

For a film that won both the Palme d'Or and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, The Tin ...
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The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) Criterion Collection DVD Review: See the Master of Suspense Invent Himself

In 1934, Alfred Hitchcock was not considered the great director we know him as today. Nor was he the Master ...
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Purple Noon Criterion Collection DVD Review: A Treat for the Eyes and a Test for the Nerves

Purple Noon (Plein Soleil), Rene Clement's 1960 film based on Patricia Highsmith's novel The Talented Mr. Ripley, is more brooding ...
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Purple Noon Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Talented Mr. Delon

Remember The Talented Mr. Ripley? Director Anthony Minghella's 1999 adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's crime novel helped launch Jude Law to ...
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The Qatsi Trilogy: (Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, Naqoyqatsi) Criterion Collection DVD Review: Fans Should Be Very Pleased

When Koyaanisqatsi (1983) came out, my girlfriend at the time talked me into seeing it with her. She was very ...
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Trilogy of Life Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Three Films, Countless Tales

Italian filmmaker, poet, philosopher, writer, and sometimes actor Pier Paolo Pasolini has certainly generated his fair share of controversy. He's ...
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La Jetee / Sans Soleil Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Stay for the Stills, Run from the Motion

Director Chris Marker's two most well-known works have been compiled into one Criterion release, but only one of them is ...
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Weekend (1967) Criterion Collection DVD Review: For the True Cinephile

Written by Kristen Lopez I probably shouldn't have jumped at the first opportunity to review a film like Weekend (or ...
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Rashomon (1950) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Restoration Shows Improvements, Not Perfection

If you're reading this review, chances are you're fully familiar with this classic film and just have two questions: how's ...
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Sunday Bloody Sunday Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: You Can’t Always Get What You Want

John Schlesinger's Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971), the highly anticipated follow-up to Midnight Cowboy (1969) is an honest, often somber, account of what lovers will ...
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Rashomon Criterion Collection DVD Review: The Best of the Best

Director Akira Kurosawa (1919-1998) was known as “The Emperor” of Japanese film for a few reasons. For those he worked ...
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Rosemary’s Baby Criterion Collection DVD Review: A Masterful Film

There have been countless movies that were either so shocking, or just captured the zeitgeist of the culture so well ...
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The Game (1997) Criterion Collection DVD Review: Edgy and Uneven, But It Grows on You

There's nothing taking time out of your everyday boring routine to play a fun game with your friends. In the ...
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Les Visiteurs du Soir Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Medieval Tale of Love and Fate

In late 1942, when the surreal French fantasy Les Visiteurs du Soir was first released in good ol' gai Paris, ...
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In the Mood for Love Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: An Astonishing Meditation on Longing

Wong Kar-wai's wonderful, stunning In the Mood for Love sparkles on Blu-ray thanks to Criterion Collection. The 2000 film, nominated ...
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The War Room Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Peek Behind the Campaign Curtain

While the campaigns for United States President seem to grow increasingly relentless with every cycle, especially in so-called battleground states, ...
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The Forgiveness of Blood Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Nik Full of Angst

Remember Maria Full of Grace? Writer/director Joshua Marston's 2004 film about a Colombian drug mule garnered international acclaim and recognition ...
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12 Angry Men Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Guilty of Being a Great Film

Set almost entirely in a single room, 12 Angry Men appears to be a small film yet the story reveals ...
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Eating Raoul Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Equal Parts High Camp and Urbane Comedy of Manners

The Film A delightful black comedy that's equal parts high camp and urbane comedy of manners, Paul Bartel's Eating Raoul ...
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Children of Paradise Criterion Collection DVD Review: The Film is Paradise 

Widely hailed as one of the finest French films of all time, Marcel Carné's Children of Paradise is an astounding ...
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Eating Raoul Criterion Collection DVD Review: A Biting Social Satire

Independent cinema of 1982 did not resemble today's genre in any shape or form. Viewers had to work to find ...
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Weekend (2011) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Moving, Deceptively Complex Film

The Film When I first saw Andrew Haigh’s Weekend last year during a blitz of awards-season catch-up, I appreciated its ...
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Children of Paradise Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Cinematic Paradise

At first glance, this film might seem like a poor candidate for greatness, or even relevance in our era. It’s ...
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Lonesome (1928) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Sometimes, Happiness is Just a Neighbor Away

There’s nothing like a little alone time to give you some perspective on your situation in life — especially when ...
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Criterion Collection Eclipse Series 35: Maidstone and Other Films by Norman Mailer DVD Review

Written by Lisa McKay The fine film lovers at the Criterion Collection recently released a two-disk set containing the first ...
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The Game (1997) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Fast-paced Thrill Ride

David Fincher is one of my all-time favorite directors. He instantly captured my attention with Se7en; I had never seen ...
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Quadrophenia Criterion Collection DVD Review: Dressed Right For a Beach Fight

Though much of the music listened to by the so-called mods and rockers in mid-1960s England gets played on the ...
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Weekend (2011) Criterion Collection DVD Review: An Intimate Portrait of New Love

Weekend is a quiet, but candid, glimpse of how a seemingly fleeting attraction between two people with distinct identities can ...
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Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: 116 Minutes of Vileness

Salò is the most repulsive film I have ever seen. So much so that I completely understand the censorship it ...
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Lonesome Criterion Collection DVD Review: Groundbreaking Cinema That Should Not Be Missed

Paul Fejos (1897-1963) directed something of a “lost” classic with Lonesome (1928). The Criterion Collection have just released a digitally ...
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Quadrophenia Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: We Are the 5.1 Mods

Even if you’ve seen this film before, you’ve never seen it like this. Boasting a complete restoration including a new ...
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For All Mankind Criterion Collection DVD Review: A Great Source of Inspiration

Using the 16mm footage recorded during the nine manned Moon flights between December 1968 and November 1972, director Alan Reinert ...
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La Promesse Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Stunning Breakout from the Dardenne Brothers

The Film The cinematic worlds of Belgian filmmakers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne are raw and unadorned, filled with broken people ...
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Shock Corridor and The Naked Kiss Criterion Collection DVDs Review:  Two Signature Films from Samuel Fuller

As The Criterion Collection upgrades their titles to Blu-ray, DVD buyers benefit from the new, restored high-definition digital transfers that ...
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Down by Law Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Louisiana Prison Break that Transcends Genre

Written by Ben Platko Jim Jarmusch. A name that should resonate with independent filmmakers and aficionados alike. Sadly, I had ...
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Le Havre Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Light-Hearted, Surreal Take on a Serious Subject

The setup for this film is straightforward: a poor aging French shoe-shiner helps a young African illegal immigrant evade capture ...
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The Samurai Trilogy Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Journey Worth Embarking On

Based Eiji Yoshikawa’snovel, director Hiroshi Inagaki tells the story of Takezo Kensei and his transformation into Musashi Miyamoto, legendary Japanese ...
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Metropolitan Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Two Decades Later, I Still Don’t Get It

Writer/director Whit Stillman’s debut film received massive critical accolades following its 1990 theatrical release, including a Best Screenplay Oscar nomination. ...
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The Last Days of Disco Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Witty Look at the End of an Era

The Film There’s not a hint of irony in Whit Stillman’s 1998 film The Last Days of Disco despite there ...
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The Samurai Trilogy Criterion Collection DVD Review: Mifune in His Physical Prime

Japanese screen legend Toshiro Mifune is most closely associated with the directorial efforts of fellow legend Akira Kurosawa, and yet ...
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