12 ANGRY MEN: CRITERION COLLECTION (DVD)

Like all of the company’s DVD releases, Criterion’s new edition of “12 Angry Men” digs deep into its subject…

Posted on December 6, 2011 in Reviews by

THE RULES OF THE GAME: CRITERION COLLECTION (DVD)

If you’re a fan of this classic 1939 film by Jean Renoir, you won’t be disappointed by this lavish two-disc release from Criterion, which digs deep into the movie’s complicated history through archival interviews with the director and plenty of thoughts from film scholars…

Posted on November 29, 2011 in Reviews by

RUSHMORE: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY)

What I’m getting at is, if you own the first Criterion DVD release and are wondering if this is worth a purchase too, then I think so. If you love the film, it has never looked or sounded better…

Posted on November 22, 2011 in Reviews by

DAZED AND CONFUSED: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY)

As I’ve said in previous Criterion reviews, these releases aren’t about whether the films are any good (they usually are better than good), but what other goodies the collection brings to the table…

Posted on November 21, 2011 in Reviews by

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

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