ISLAND OF LOST SOULS: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY)

If you’re the sort to celebrate Criterion’s continued salvation and presentation of influential cinema, and if you’re reading this you probably are, then this is another in a long list of releases you should have in your collection…

Posted on November 20, 2011 in Reviews by

KURONEKO: CRITERION COLLECTION (DVD)

Kaneto Shindo’s “Kuroneko” is a classic 1968 Japanese horror film that combines kabuki theater, samurai, folktales, ballet, and good old-fashioned throat rippings to create an experience that’s unique and unsettling…

Posted on October 29, 2011 in Reviews by

SALÒ, OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY)

As brutal as “Salò” was in 1976, it pales in comparison to much of the videos and pictures that exist on the internet today (“Two Girls, One Cup,” for example), which was maybe the voyeuristic point that the film was trying to make all along…

Posted on October 13, 2011 in Reviews by

NAKED: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY)

I’m not going to pretend that I’m some old school fan of “Naked” since its original release almost twenty years ago; the honest truth is that this one got by me during my early-mid nineties indie film buffet…

Posted on July 12, 2011 in Reviews by

THE GREAT DICTATOR: CRITERION COLLECTION (DVD)

Criterion’s two-disc release of Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator” is another great example of the company’s “film class in a box approach”…

Posted on June 8, 2011 in Reviews by

SOMETHING WILD: CRITERION COLLECTION (DVD)

Plenty of strait-laced businessmen engage in funky extracurricular activities — I’m sure you can find lots of Ralphs in Accounting who become Leo the Horned One in an S&M dungeon at night…

Posted on May 17, 2011 in Reviews by

FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY)

This is the type of film that takes more than a single sit-down to really unwrap and experience, so that coupled with the Criterion Collection multitude of extra content and… this is a week or more of cinematic study, my friends…

Posted on May 1, 2011 in Reviews by

SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS: CRITERION COLLECTION (DVD)

It all begins with the title. The irony aside, its lightness and alliteration suggest the last breaths of one of the film’s victims…

Posted on March 7, 2011 in Reviews by

BROADCAST NEWS: CRITERION COLLECTION (DVD)

Criterion’s new edition of “Broadcast News” offers a smattering of bonus features that help place this influential film not only in the context of movie history but also in the context of prolific writer/director/producer James L. Brooks’ long career.

Posted on January 25, 2011 in Reviews by

MODERN TIMES: CRITERION COLLECTION (DVD)

Criterion’s latest “film class in a box” features an exhaustive look at Chaplin’s “Modern Times,” his last (mostly) silent film and a final send-off for The Little Tramp, complete with copious amounts of social commentary…

Posted on November 16, 2010 in Reviews by

HOUSE: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY)

“House” is a trip and a lot of fun to watch. It reminds me of what would have happened if “The Banana Splits” all went on an acid trip in the Japanese countryside…

Posted on November 9, 2010 in Reviews by

PATHS OF GLORY: CRITERION COLLECTION (DVD)

This Criterion release of Stanley Kubrick’s “Paths of Glory” features new interviews with producer James B. Harris, Jan Harlan, Kubrick’s longtime executive producer, and Kubrick’s widow, Christiane, along with archival interviews with Kirk Douglas and Kubrick and a “film studies in a box” commentary with critic Gary Giddins.

Posted on October 27, 2010 in Reviews by

THE MAGICIAN: CRITERION COLLECTION (DVD)

Ingmar Bergman’s “The Magician” is considered a classic, but it’s also weighed down by the director’s desire to get revenge on his critics and seemingly put that ahead of crafting a solid narrative. However, like all of Criterion’s releases, this is one that fans of the film will appreciate…

Posted on October 19, 2010 in Reviews by

THE DARJEELING LIMITED: CRITERION COLLECTION (DVD)

Another Wes Anderson movie gets the Criterion treatment. This two-disc set expands on the original single-disc release with a commentary track, a fly-on-the-wall behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, a discussion of its soundtrack with James Ivory, and more…

Posted on October 19, 2010 in Reviews by

CRUMB: THE CRITERION COLLECTION EDITION (DVD)

This Criterion edition of Terry Zwigoff’s classic 1994 documentary features 50 minutes of cut footage, a stills gallery, the Zwigoff/Roger Ebert commentary from 2006, a new commentary track with Zwigoff, a booklet with an essay about the movie, and a reproduction of Charles Crumb’s Famous Artists Talent Test…

Posted on August 10, 2010 in Reviews by

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