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Gord: “Criterion is building a darn fine Ford collection. Add The Searchers or How Green Was My Valley I'd burst at the seams. Thought he did Red River oops!”
14 Oct 2014
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Gord: “Love these w/Playtime among fav. films, but I have most of these. Do I like being forced to Dbl. dip BIG for a Blu- of Mon Oncle? No. I don't. I will.”
28 Oct 2014
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Gord: “Worth it just to have a version without Alexander Payne giving us his 2-cents, haha - glad to upgrade my Koch-Lorber with Criterion Blu-, thank you.”
21 Oct 2014
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Ingmar Bergman’s The Magician (Ansiktet) is an engaging, brilliantly conceived tale of deceit from one of cinema’s premier illusionists, a diabolically clever battle of wits that’s both frightening and funny.
Gord: “I had no interest in this (no reason why). After seeing Richard Brody's New Yorker video I changed my mind. It looks beautiful in a number of ways.”
The electric filmmaking genius John Cassavetes and his brilliant wife and collaborator Gena Rowlands give luminous, fragile performances as two closely bound, emotionally wounded souls who reunite after years apart.
Gord: “Part of me thinks I shouldn't like Douglas Sirk's syrupy melodrama. But I do love Sirk and he's a master of mise en scène.”
Featuring a killer soundtrack and electric performances from Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith, and Ray Liotta, Something Wild, directed by oddball American auteur Jonathan Demme, is both a kinky comic thriller and a radiantly off-kilter love story.
The success of Erik Skjoldbjærg’s chilling procedural anticipated the international hunger for Scandinavian noirs and serial- killer fictions, and the film features one of Skarsgård’s greatest performances.
Gord: “PQ on early Lorber DVD was so bad it made me ill. Umbrellas is a cotton candy indulgence of a film; joyful & winsome. I went "YES!" aloud to this news”
Gord: “Bravo Criterion, for exploring both ends of cinema - the classics of "balcony" & "groundling". Both are as valuable and both satisfy.”
A cornerstone of the career of this most economical and profoundly spiritual of filmmakers, Pickpocket is an elegantly crafted, tautly choreographed study of humanity in all its mischief and grace, the work of a director at the height of his powers.
Kirk Douglas gives the fiercest performance of his career as Chuck Tatum, an amoral newspaper reporter who washes up in dead-end Albuquerque, happens upon the scoop of a lifetime, and will do anything to keep getting the lurid headlines.
Combining stylish sixties modernism with silent-cinema touches and even a few unexpected sci-fi accents, Judex is a delightful bit of pulp fiction and a testament to the art of illusion.
Marcello Mastroianni and Jeanne Moreau star as a novelist and his frustrated wife, who, over the course of one night, confront their alienation from each other and the achingly empty bourgeois Milan circles in which they travel.
The concluding chapter of Michelangelo Antonioni’s informal trilogy on contemporary malaise, L’eclisse tells the story of a young woman (Monica Vitti) who leaves one lover (Francisco Rabal) and drifts into a relationship with another (Alain Delon).
Gord: “3 of the greatest films by one of the world's great directors :: Criterion offers some new content & HD! :: don't get rid of your Miramax DVDs though”
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Lars von Trier became an international sensation with this galvanizing realist fable about sex and spiritual transcendence.
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: “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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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 this is a lovely film. Pause Blu & look around it's FREE 3D! ”
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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.”
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