RicardoZarateJr’s Collection (27)

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  • The Spirit of the Beehive (Criterion DVD)

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    The Spirit of the Beehive

    Víctor Erice

    RicardoZarateJr: “Melancholy, almost oneiric, and certainly captivating, Erice crafts a film that acknowledges the power of media and the revolution of cinema.”

    DVD Spine #351 Learn more »
  • Viridiana (Criterion DVD)

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    Viridiana

    Luis Buñuel

    RicardoZarateJr: “Complex, and vivid, Buñuel's exploration of class stratification and the piety of the damned veers from sacred to profane, but always beautiful. ”

    DVD Spine #332 Learn more »
  • Videodrome (Criterion DVD)

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    Videodrome

    David Cronenberg

    RicardoZarateJr: “Although not Cronenberg's best work, certainly one of his most innovative. In a world of television control, the viewer is reminded of their role.”

    DVD Spine #248 Learn more »
  • Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom (Criterion DVD)

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    Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom

    Pier Paolo Pasolini

    RicardoZarateJr: “Painful to watch, yet impossible to disregard. The shocking final minutes serve as the only possible conclusion to the horror of decadence. ”

    DVD Spine #17 Learn more »
  • Naked Lunch (Criterion DVD)

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    Naked Lunch

    David Cronenberg

    RicardoZarateJr: “An incredible testament to the Beat generation. The incessant exploration to the origin or words, thought, and expression. A tour de force.”

    DVD Spine #220 Learn more »
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Criterion DVD)

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    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Terry Gilliam

    RicardoZarateJr: “A film that one never forgets. Depp and del Toro at their absolute best. Career defining performances. A soundtrack without compare. Gilliam's finest.”

    DVD Spine #175 Learn more »
  • The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Criterion DVD)

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    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

    Wes Anderson

    RicardoZarateJr: “Peculiar. Erratic. Emotional. Love at sea, is no breeze, but rather the god Neptune's easy sigh. Revenge story that doesn't mind its own meanderings.”

    DVD Spine #300 Learn more »
  • The Royal Tenenbaums (Criterion DVD)

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    The Royal Tenenbaums

    Wes Anderson

    RicardoZarateJr: “A hilarious film, Anderson at his best. Detailed, manic, wrought with the terrible f-word, 'family', and even haunting, the entire cast is delightful.”

    DVD Spine #157 Learn more »
  • The Most Dangerous Game (Criterion DVD)

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    The Most Dangerous Game

    Ernest B. Schoedsack and Irving Pichel

    RicardoZarateJr: “An adaptation from the splendid short story by Connell, the film lacks the original's fervor and intensity, but certainly adds an element of romance.”

    DVD Spine #46 Learn more »
  • RoboCop (Criterion DVD)

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    RoboCop

    Paul Verhoeven

    RicardoZarateJr: “An oft overlooked classic from the eighties, RoboCop presents a dystopia that slowly replaces humanity with cyborgs, and humanity's fight. ”

    DVD Spine #23 Learn more »
  • Peeping Tom (Criterion DVD)

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    Peeping Tom

    Michael Powell

    RicardoZarateJr: “Psychopaths make for entertaining cinema, and Powell's vision is captured masterfully. If the murderer wields the camera, who is the viewer? ”

    DVD Spine #58 Learn more »
  • Night and Fog (Criterion DVD)

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    Night and Fog

    Alain Resnais

    RicardoZarateJr: “Without a question one of the most difficult half-hours of cinema to watch. The sins of the Holocaust are viewed with unflinching eyes. Unforgettable.”

    DVD Spine #197 Learn more »
  • Le trou (Criterion DVD)

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    Le trou

    Jacques Becker

    RicardoZarateJr: “Honour among thieves is no new concept, yet Becker manages to spin an entirely new story from the motley crew of prisoner's questing for freedom.”

    DVD Spine #129 Learn more »
  • Grand Illusion (Criterion DVD)

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    Grand Illusion

    Jean Renoir

    RicardoZarateJr: “Renoir's masterpiece certainly holds one of cinema's greatest moments: the prisoner's failed attempt to pass on escape plans due to language barriers.”

    DVD Spine #1 Learn more »
  • Throne of Blood (Criterion DVD)

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    Throne of Blood

    Akira Kurosawa

    RicardoZarateJr: “Kurosawa adapts Macbeth in an astonishing manner, crossing cultural boundaries with ease. The witches enjoy a particularly striking transformation.”

    DVD Spine #190 Learn more »
  • Diary of a Country Priest (Criterion DVD)

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    Diary of a Country Priest

    Robert Bresson

    RicardoZarateJr: “Melodic and ambling, yet never turning its gaze from the simple humanity of every human being. Notions of divine intervention and secular temptation.”

    DVD Spine #222 Learn more »
  • Forbidden Games (Criterion DVD)

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    Forbidden Games

    René Clément

    RicardoZarateJr: “The searing story of innocence's fragility, and the pervasive and unrelenting nature of corruption. Terrifying in its simplicity. ”

    DVD Spine #318 Learn more »
  • Hamlet (Criterion DVD)

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    Hamlet

    Laurence Olivier

    RicardoZarateJr: “A powerful portrayal of Shakespeare's most famous play that maintains a timelessness rare in modern productions. Olivier's finest.”

    DVD Spine #82 Learn more »
  • Bergman Island (Criterion DVD)

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    Bergman Island

    Marie Nyreröd

    RicardoZarateJr: “A fascinating insight into one of cinema's most prolific, talented, and revolutionary directors. The wisdom of age tempered with the wit of youth.”

    DVD Spine #477 Learn more »
  • Alphaville (Criterion DVD)

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    Alphaville

    Jean-Luc Godard

    RicardoZarateJr: “The only element illuminating the night is poetry. Beneath that dynamic light, humanity is revered, ridiculed, and ultimately, revealed. ”

    DVD Spine #25 Learn more »
  • Gimme Shelter (Criterion DVD)

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    Gimme Shelter

    David Maysles, Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin

    RicardoZarateJr: “Sensational and larger than life look at the ill-fated tour, yet delicately addressing the tragic death at Altamont. The zeitgeist of an era defined.”

    DVD Spine #99 Learn more »
  • Loves of a Blonde (Criterion DVD)

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    Loves of a Blonde

    Miloš Forman

    RicardoZarateJr: “How is it that romance seems to find itself behind closed door listening but never being able to speak? Tender and humorous indeed - yet poignant. ”

    DVD Spine #144 Learn more »
  • Paris, Texas (Criterion DVD)

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    Paris, Texas

    Wim Wenders

    RicardoZarateJr: “The opening sequence to the film may be one of the best ever filmed. Paired with an incredible soundtrack, and extraordinary monologues. Superb.”

    DVD Spine #501 Learn more »
  • Simon of the Desert (Criterion DVD)

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    Simon of the Desert

    Luis Buñuel

    RicardoZarateJr: “Irreverent and surreal. Sacrilegious and fantastic. Though the devil assumes many guises, the most clever is within us. ”

    DVD Spine #460 Learn more »
  • The Silence of the Lambs (Criterion DVD)

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    The Silence of the Lambs

    Jonathan Demme

    RicardoZarateJr: “With an unforgettable performance from Hopkins, this film captures the strange and unpredictable line of justice. ”

    DVD Spine #13 Learn more »
  • Hiroshima mon amour (Criterion DVD)

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    Hiroshima mon amour

    Alain Resnais

    RicardoZarateJr: “A melancholy exploration of love framed against the horrors of Hiroshima.”

    DVD Spine #196 Learn more »
  • Antichrist (Criterion DVD)

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    Antichrist

    Lars von Trier

    RicardoZarateJr: “Stark, emotional, intense. An experience to be lived through and killed through.”

    DVD Spine #542 Learn more »