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Lars von Trier became an international sensation with this galvanizing realist fable about sex and spiritual transcendence.
No matter what genre he worked in, Howard Hawks played by his own rules, and never was this more evident than in his first western, the rowdy and whip-smart Red River.
Gord: “Dreyer's the best & I'm happy to see Criterion embrace silent film with gusto in the last few years! Yay! I mean: rotund film geek gesticulates wildly”
Featuring sensuous cinematography, a lush score, and an award-winning central performance by the great Toni Servillo, this transporting experience by the brilliant Italian director Paolo Sorrentino is a breathtaking Felliniesque tale of decadence and lost love.
Gord: “Not sure if I want to see that weiner in high-def. Liv & Bibi balance things out though, haha. Bergman's mostly successful attempt at avant-garde film”
Gord: “This, one of my least favorite Kurosawa, is a wonderful film.”
Harold Lloyd’s biggest box-office hit was this silent comedy gem, featuring the befuddled everyman at his eager best as a new college student.
A compulsive chicken thief turned newspaper reporter, Mr. Fox settles down with his family in a new foxhole in a beautiful tree—directly adjacent to three enormous poultry farms owned by three ferociously vicious farmers: Boggis, Bunce, and Bean. Mr. Fox simply cannot resist.
A full-throttle espionage thriller, starring Joel McCrea as a green Yank reporter sent to Europe to get the scoop on the imminent war, it’s wall-to-wall witty repartee, head-spinning plot twists, and brilliantly mounted suspense set pieces.
This multiple-Oscar-winning film by Roman Polanski is an exquisite, richly layered adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles.
The colorful, electrifying romance that took the Cannes Film Festival by storm courageously dives into a young woman’s experiences of first love and sexual awakening.
25 Feb 2014
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Gord: “Very good film. I have the Ess. Art House DVD, but darn it I'll get this too for the HD picture & to expand my collection of It Is Wonderful to Create”
A pair of siblings from London (Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey) purchase a surprisingly affordable, lonely cliff-top house in Cornwall, only to discover that it actually carries a ghostly price—and soon they’re caught up in a bizarre romantic triangle from beyond the grave.
22 Oct 2013
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At his secluded chateau in the French countryside, a brilliant, obsessive doctor (Pierre Brasseur) attempts a radical plastic surgery to restore the beauty of his daughter’s disfigured countenance—at a horrifying price.
15 Oct 2013
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This deadpan tragicomedy about a group of impoverished, outcast artists living the bohemian life in Paris is among the most beguiling films by Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki.
Suffused with both enchantment and melancholy, this autobiographical film takes on the perspective of a quiet, lonely boy growing up in Liverpool in the 1950s.
The revered American auteur Michael Mann burst out of the gate with his bold artistic sensibility fully formed with Thief, his first theatrical feature.
Gord: “Some extras would have been nice; these are probably the same from 13 yrs ago; a wonderful movie - I hope we don't see another Gaumont remastr fiasco”
The provocative Italian filmmaker Elio Petri’s most internationally acclaimed work is this Kafkaesque tale of a Roman police inspector (a commanding Gian Maria Volonté) investigating a heinous crime—which he himself committed.
In director Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited, three estranged American brothers reunite for a meticulously planned, soul-searching train voyage across India one year after the death of their father.
Gord: “I love Pan's Labyrinth & Hellboy films are beautiful & fun. I want this because if The Others taught me anything it's that the Spanish do horror best!”
Gérard Depardieu and Wojciech Pszoniak star in Andrzej Wajda’s powerful depiction of the ideological clash between the earthy, man-of-the-people Georges Danton and icy Jacobin extemist Maximilien Robespierre, both key figures of the French Revolution.
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This cornerstone of 1970s American moviemaking from Robert Altman is a panoramic view of the country’s political and cultural landscapes, set in the nation’s music capital.
Gord: “Some movies make yr heart swell like Sun in yr belly thru only the trailer & poster. Rosetta & Chung-King are two other examples. I trust I'll love it”
Gord: “Released same day as complete Breaking Bad fie on you Criterion!, but a Katoichi box looking this fly cannot be denied. 1 of the great film characters”
In the late 1940s, the incandescent Hollywood star Ingrid Bergman found herself so stirred by the revolutionary neorealist films of Roberto Rossellini that she sent the director a letter, introducing herself and offering her talents.
24 Sep 2013
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Autumn Sonata was the only collaboration between cinema’s two great Bergmans: Ingmar, the iconic director of The Seventh Seal, and Ingrid, the monumental star of Casablanca.
17 Sep 2013
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Gord: “Got R2 version because this went OOP & it's Still OOP years later. What's up with that? This is the reason why region-free players exist. Lawyers!”
Gord: “I think it's Karina's most endearing role, Godard's most whimsical work, & perhaps Criterion's most missed”
From the very beginning of his incandescent career, the New German Cinema enfant terrible Rainer Werner Fassbinder refused to play by the rules.
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As nervy as it is hilarious, this screwball masterpiece from Ernst Lubitsch stars Jack Benny and, in her final screen appearance, Carole Lombard as husband-and-wife thespians in Nazi-occupied Warsaw who become caught up in a dangerous spy plot.
The Big City follows the personal triumphs and frustrations of Arati (Madhabi Mukherjee), who decides, despite the initial protests of her bank-clerk husband, to take a job to help support their family.
Gord: “For the Kalat commentary (I like that guy): the movie itself; well I best keep quiet. Best HG Wells? Not in a world where Island of Lost Souls exists!”
Gord: “L➫O➬V➭E the MoC steel book B-ray, but Criterion's original edition is formative for me & Voices of Light is amazing ◤◥◣◢◤▍◢◥◤◢◤▆▃▁”
In this adaptation of William S. Burroughs’s hallucinatory, once-thought-unfilmable novel Naked Lunch, directed by David Cronenberg, a part-time exterminator and full-time drug addict named Bill Lee (Peter Weller) plunges into the nightmarish Interzone.
Gord: “I've watched a lot of Criterion discs (3X more than I own), but this's the 1st time music has played over C & Janus logos; I like it! Really good film”
Over a decade in the making, Claude Lanzmann’s nine-hour-plus opus is a monumental investigation of the unthinkable: the murder of more than six million Jews by the Nazis.
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This invigorating film from Mike Leigh was his first international sensation. Melancholy and funny by turns, it is an intimate portrait of a working-class family in a suburb just north of London.
Gord: “I like weird, but film has little to say. Works in end: pinned to floor in a pool of blood no medics pap taking photos; he's laughing, but is he dead?”
Gord: “Criterion Collection: so powerful they have the bones of Richard III unearthed a month before the reissue. Wait until the Armageddon Bluray...yikes!”
Gord: “Now listen here miss, I'm the director of this film and I'm telling you I want more heading shaking!”
Gord: “While I'm hardly stupid enough to succumb to the latest corporate swindle of 3D TV I will certainly be buying this Blu-ray. A lovely & exuberant film.”
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Gord: “Best known for Human Condition?! No; many incl. me & Ebert would disagree. Harakiri & Samurai Rebellion are better not least because they're succinct”
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Gord: “Rebellion is the reason to get the Rebel Samurai box as fine as some of the others are I think it stands proud beside Kobayashi's Harakiri. Exquisite.”
Gord: “Great supporting cast for irreplaceable Nakadai; always surprised at how different he is from film to film The humor makes this better than it shld be”
Gord: “Love the sword fight in the falling snow and the ellipses keeping you off balance & the ending, fractured by jettisoned story lines is something else!”
Gord: “To have our LIttle Tramp open his mouth & realize he's a pompous douche is difficult at first but it's thought provoking & brave. Not 'funny' per se.”
Suffused with dread and paranoia, this Fritz Lang adaptation of a novel by Graham Greene is a plunge into the eerie shadows of a world turned upside down by war.
Gord: “Great news! I've been waiting for Criterion to announce this for years. The cover looks like an art therapy painting by a criminally insane girl scout”
Spare and unsentimental but deeply imbued with a heart-rending tenderness, The Kid with a Bike is an arresting work from the great Belgian directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, masters of the empathetic action film.
Gord: “I'm fond of Imamura's version. Given his unique qualities I doubt this will be anything like it, but the underlying myth is compelling. Beautiful covr”
Gord: “To include w/ Italian neorealism is delusional this's wholly studio fare; fine film showing DeSica's preoccupation w/the innocent victims of modernity”
Gord: “Antiwish list Twee bullshit. Like being beat to death with hipster d-bag's argyle sock while his Starbucks barista roommate sings Mommas & Papas songs”
This scathing late-sixties satire from Jean-Luc Godard is one of cinema’s great anarchic works. Determined to collect an inheritance from a dying relative, a bourgeois couple travel across the French countryside while civilization crashes and burns around them.
Gord: “I'm not gay. That's a beautiful man. I"m not gay. That's a beautiful man...You're! Tearing! Me! Apaaaaaaart!”
Astonishingly photographed, and featuring unforgettable, cascading scores by Philip Glass, these are immersive sensory experiences that meditate on the havoc humankind’s obsession with technological advancement has wreaked on our world.
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Gord: “A fascinating & entertaining documentary of a ⓖⓡⓔⓐⓣ ⓕⓘⓛⓜ ♬ ♫ ♪ ♩♭ ♯ (yes I sang that). Naysayers are to be pitied; Fitzcarraldo is near perfect. ”
Michelangelo Antonioni’s Identification of a Woman is a body- and soul-baring voyage into one man’s artistic and erotic consciousness.
In the late eighties, Aki Kaurismäki, a master of the deadpan, fashioned a waggish fish-out-of-water tale about a U.S. tour by “the worst rock-and-roll band in the world.”
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