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A list of 10 films that I question the presence of on the Criterion Collection.
#10 being the most questionable.
Now, don't get me wrong, I love me some "RoboCop." And I can appreciate the fact that Paul Verhoeven makes intentionally "bad" films. I mean, c'mon ... he was the first person to ever receive a Golden Raspberry in person. But Criterion? Really?
I have seen nearly every Jim Jarmusch film. "Down By Law" is easily in the tops of my list. I even LIKE "Stranger Than Paradise," but admittedly only because I like Jarmusch's work. It is for the most part dull and boring, although it has some memorable moments. Nevertheless, Questionably Criterion.
"Darjeeling Limited" is probably Wes Anderson's worst film. Does that mean it's a bad film? Not at all. Does that mean it should be included in the Criterion Collection? The jury is still out on that one ...
Michael Bay? I can get behind an action movie as much as the next guy. But I am strongly suspicious that this addition to the collection may have been a pay off. I just wonder if Michael had as much of a budget for bribes as he did for this film.
Hey! What's a "hater" list without one film you haven't even seen! That's right Criterionites, I've never even SEEN this film! What? You think that disqualifies my ability to question what seems to be a lavish butchering of one of the greatest short stories? Haterz gon hate.
I cannot think of a more bizarrely mediocre film for the Criterion Collection. Just strange more than anything. Demme, who has a career of equal parts brilliance and baloney, serves up an incredibly forgettable romp of schlock.
I could write this review as an insanely pretentious monologue of monotony, but you would probably get just as bored as I get when watching most of Richard Linklater's films, particularly "Slacker."
Back to back Linklaters! What's worse than a Linklater script of babbling drivel? Oh yeah, one that instead seeks to be a more mainstream film.
And finally, #10 of the Top 10 Questionably Criterion Films... ARMAGEDDON! I need only mention one thing ... A Liv Tyler performance will now be forever emblazoned on Criterion's resume. And with that, I bid you good night!