Batzomon’s Collection (130)

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  • Cries and Whispers (Criterion DVD)

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    Cries and Whispers

    Ingmar Bergman

    Batzomon: “The red walls are like the inside of a heart, blood pumping in the tightened veins of women in mourning, in misery, in a mindfulness of themselves.”

    DVD Spine #101 Learn more »
  • Sansho the Bailiff (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Sansho the Bailiff

    Kenji Mizoguchi

    Batzomon: “Don't even try to not be devastated by this film, because you will just fall that much harder at Mizoguchi's empathy for the pain of the exploited.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #386 Learn more »
  • Eclipse Series 32: Pearls of the Czech New Wave (Eclipse DVD)

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    Eclipse Series 32: Pearls of the Czech New Wave

    Batzomon: “Daisies may be the most famous film on here, but all these pearls should be observed for the crystalline mastery in a new time for a very old people.”

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  • John Cassavetes: Five Films (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    John Cassavetes: Five Films

    Batzomon: “These films are messy, reckless, patience-testing, and sometimes hard to understand. Yeah, that sounds like real people to me.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #250 Learn more »
  • Marketa Lazarová (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Marketa Lazarová

    František Vlácil

    Batzomon: “A mad, monstrous, muddy chaos through a more feudal time when life was futile and death was fertile, we are merely viewers into the heart of darkness.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #661 Learn more »
  • Three Colors (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Three Colors

    Krzysztof Kieślowski

    Batzomon: “Red, white, and blue are simple colors that mean more when they reflect life. A flag represents a nation, but these films represent us all.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #587 Learn more »
  • Roberto Rossellini’s  War Trilogy (Criterion DVD)

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    Roberto Rossellini’s War Trilogy

    Roberto Rossellini

    Batzomon: “War, this is what it's good for: creating art that decries the toll it takes on life, liberty, and happiness. Rossellini's realism is brutally best.”

    DVD Spine #500 Learn more »
  • The Double Life of Véronique (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Double Life of Véronique

    Krzysztof Kieślowski

    Batzomon: “It's a dreamy thing to believe there are two of you but really only one and another to each other, never known but quietly felt. C'est la double vie.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #359 Learn more »
  • Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom

    Pier Paolo Pasolini

    Batzomon: “I was scared to watch it, and now I want to see it again. Have I been so tormented by this film that I grew to love the grotesquerie? So go we all.”

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  • Written on the Wind (Criterion DVD)

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    Written on the Wind

    Douglas Sirk

    Batzomon: “Our loves, our hopes, our passions etched into the eternal beaches where upon life crashes into them with abandon...alas, all written on the wind.”

    DVD Spine #96 Learn more »
  • The Bad Sleep Well (Criterion DVD)

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    The Bad Sleep Well

    Akira Kurosawa

    Batzomon: “Corporate corruption of Shakespearean proportions, Kurosawa keeps the bitter bile boiling as the bad die so the worse stay alive. Devastating.”

    DVD Spine #319 Learn more »
  • RoboCop (Criterion DVD)

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    RoboCop

    Paul Verhoeven

    Batzomon: “Dead or alive, I was going to get this OOP masterpiece. And it wasn't too expensive, because I'D BUY THAT FOR A DOLLAR! Or more. Bitches, leave!”

    DVD Spine #23 Learn more »
  • The Makioka Sisters (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Makioka Sisters

    Kon Ichikawa

    Batzomon: “A gently felt film about four sisters, Ichikawa doesn't seek further than simple human drama. It's almost Ozu-like in its mannered grace.”

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  • Sisters (Criterion DVD)

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    Sisters

    Brian De Palma

    Batzomon: “De Palma works in luridness the way Michelangelo worked in spaghetti: he just dives right in and wallows in its divine crapulence.”

    DVD Spine #89 Learn more »
  • Vengeance Is Mine (Criterion DVD)

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    Vengeance Is Mine

    Shohei Imamura

    Batzomon: “Ken Ogata looks like a particularly ruthless lizard, all brute instinct and unsavory cold-bloodedness. And it's not just in this one. Bless the man.”

    DVD Spine #384 Learn more »
  • Persona (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    Persona

    Ingmar Bergman

    Batzomon: “Either with Liv or Bibi, you can't go wrong. When I look at myself, all I see is a Swedish meatball. One of the greatest films upon reflection.”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #701 Learn more »
  • Fish Tank (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Fish Tank

    Andrea Arnold

    Batzomon: “Being a teenage girl is royally effed up. I don't say that from experience, but if Andrea Arnold's film is any indication, hormones be jackin' up.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #553 Learn more »
  • Certified Copy (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Certified Copy

    Abbas Kiarostami

    Batzomon: “There is no original copy of this film, only copies of copies. It is, however, an original film by an original director. Or maybe it's all fiction.”

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  • Being John Malkovich (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Being John Malkovich

    Spike Jonze

    Batzomon: “Hi, I'm John Malkovich, you might remember from such movies as Dangerous Malkoviches and Burn After Malkoviching. I love this Malkovich movie-ovich.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #611 Learn more »
  • Forbidden Games (Criterion DVD)

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    Forbidden Games

    René Clément

    Batzomon: “A heart-wrenching, soul-stirring ending is preceded by the most soulful evocation of innocence during wartime I've ever seen. Plus, cute kids.”

    DVD Spine #318 Learn more »
  • Taste of Cherry (Criterion DVD)

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    Taste of Cherry

    Abbas Kiarostami

    Batzomon: “Kiarostami loves to meditate in his films, and between the characters and their world looms the ever-present question: am I just not smart enough?”

    DVD Spine #45 Learn more »
  • Closely Watched Trains (Criterion DVD)

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    Closely Watched Trains

    Jiří Menzel

    Batzomon: “A young man's blood flows from his chest to his pelvis like a well-clocked train, and not even the worst fascists could stop that chug-a-lug.”

    DVD Spine #131 Learn more »
  • Quai des Orfèvres (Criterion DVD)

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    Quai des Orfèvres

    Henri-Georges Clouzot

    Batzomon: “More than the murder mystery, I just like the pained unrequited love story underneath the main plot. Saw this at MoMA, so worth the two-mile walk.”

    DVD Spine #193 Learn more »
  • Walkabout (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Walkabout

    Nicolas Roeg

    Batzomon: “Roeg makes films like dreams, landscapes of time and memory bathed in brilliant light. The outback is where civilization can no longer taint life.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #10 Learn more »
  • To Be or Not to Be (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    To Be or Not to Be

    Ernst Lubitsch

    Batzomon: “Nazis are nothing to laugh about. However, they should be laughed at, and Lubitsch makes it very easy to mock evil in a very contemporary form.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #670 Learn more »
  • Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Criterion DVD)

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    Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

    Rainer Werner Fassbinder

    Batzomon: “Courage is not always in acts of bravery. It can sometimes exist between two people baring their bodies and insecurities in a blistering world.”

    DVD Spine #198 Learn more »
  • All That Heaven Allows (Criterion DVD)

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    All That Heaven Allows

    Douglas Sirk

    Batzomon: “The world tried to keep me apart from this lushly colored melodrama, but no taboo can stop me from loving Sirk. DAMN YOU, SOCIETY!”

    DVD Spine #95 Learn more »
  • Paris, Texas (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Paris, Texas

    Wim Wenders

    Batzomon: “A uniquely American film from a German director, it's as quiet and beautiful as its namesake. The ending tells but doesn't show, and better for it.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #501 Learn more »
  • Patriotism (Criterion DVD)

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    Patriotism

    Yukio Mishima and Domoto Masaki

    Batzomon: “A man must believe in something and be willing to throw his life away for this belief. Now, I wouldn't cut my stomach open, but I'm not Mishima.”

    DVD Spine #433 Learn more »
  • A Man Escaped (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    A Man Escaped

    Robert Bresson

    Batzomon: “Bresson was a master of simplicity, not a moment wasted. When this man escapes, he frees himself from unjust systems. He's free but with sacrifice.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #650 Learn more »
  • Weekend (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Weekend

    Jean-Luc Godard

    Batzomon: “One weekend I saw a nasty piece of work that excoriated the flimsy pretenses of civilization and burned the world to its blackened bones. Fun times.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #635 Learn more »
  • Weekend (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Weekend

    Andrew Haigh

    Batzomon: “One weekend I saw a beautiful drama about two men who thought and spoke and loved truthfully and shamelessly. I felt that I was pressed against them.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #622 Learn more »
  • Jubal (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Jubal

    Delmer Daves

    Batzomon: “A good man does what he can to stand. Jubal is that man, and as the brightly colored mountains glow behind him, he must stand tall or fall.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #656 Learn more »
  • The Silence of the Lambs (Criterion DVD)

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    The Silence of the Lambs

    Jonathan Demme

    Batzomon: “I will watch lucky spine thirteen over dinner. Perhaps I shall chew the fat on a nice slice of lamb. Would you do it? I'd do it, do it so hard.”

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  • Kill! (Criterion DVD)

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    Kill!

    Kihachi Okamoto

    Batzomon: “Do you like your samurai mysterious, your humor dark, and your Nakadai talented? Then this movie should kill some time quite nicely.”

    DVD Spine #313 Learn more »
  • Gervaise (Essential Art House DVD)

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    Gervaise

    René Clément

    Batzomon: “Gervaise is a gem, sadly out of print, that begs to be seen with all the steely-eyed gazes of every beautiful laundress and otherwise alike.”

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  • The Vanishing (Criterion DVD)

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    The Vanishing

    George Sluizer

    Batzomon: “Evil is in the banal, the unassuming, the bland. It peeks out behind glasses and doesn't know the pain it inflicts. You can't see evil...never will.”

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  • Jigoku (Criterion DVD)

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    Jigoku

    Nobuo Nakagawa

    Batzomon: “Hell is other people, and when these people go to Hell...you'll be in heaven. Nakagawa uses the brightest colors to paint the darkest depths.”

    DVD Spine #352 Learn more »
  • The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Criterion DVD)

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    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

    Wes Anderson

    Batzomon: “The elusive Bill Murray scampers across ze sea bed as he once more goes into ze briny deep with Monsieur Anderson. Truly, this is the pure nature.”

    DVD Spine #300 Learn more »
  • Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman

    Batzomon: “Who's the zato who's blind but can't be snuck up behind? ZATOICHI! He's one baaad mother...SHUT YO MOUTH! I'm only talkin' about Zatoichi. Ya dig?”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #679 Learn more »
  • Kicking and Screaming (Criterion DVD)

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    Kicking and Screaming

    Noah Baumbach

    Batzomon: “I'm not a post-graduate yet, and I was a kid in 1995, but this movie was so great and funny that I called someone to look up information on it.”

    DVD Spine #349 Learn more »
  • 49th Parallel (Criterion DVD)

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    49th Parallel

    Michael Powell

    Batzomon: “Before the U.S. went to war, the British were fighting the Nazis with weapons and wit. This movie makes me proud to be born close to Canada.”

    DVD Spine #376 Learn more »
  • The Rock (Criterion DVD)

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    The Rock

    Michael Bay

    Batzomon: “Which is tougher: Connery and Cage's balls or Alcatraz? If you know Bay, you know which one will win. That's right, the viewer wins. EXPLOSION!”

    DVD Spine #108 Learn more »
  • Insomnia (Criterion DVD)

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    Insomnia

    Erik Skjoldbjærg

    Batzomon: “What does it take to make a cop step over that thin blue line and forsake all the principles of a law enforcer? About a night or two without sleep.”

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  • Man Bites Dog (Criterion DVD)

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    Man Bites Dog

    Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel and Benoit Poelvoorde

    Batzomon: “I didn't think I could handle the violence. I ended up enjoying it and buying the darn thing. So what's wrong with a bit of the ol' ultra-violence?”

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  • Armageddon (Criterion DVD)

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    Armageddon

    Michael Bay

    Batzomon: “Michael Bay is shameless, and so are his films. And so am I for loving this one. How do you stop an asteroid? With explosions and Aerosmith.”

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  • Safety Last! (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Safety Last!

    Fred Newmeyer and Sam Taylor

    Batzomon: “If you're not on the edge of your seat, you're rolling on the floor with laughter. The third genius had eight fingers, nine lives, and no fear.”

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  • 3 Films by Roberto Rossellini Starring Ingrid Bergman (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    3 Films by Roberto Rossellini Starring Ingrid Bergman

    Roberto Rossellini

    Batzomon: “Not many good things come out of illicit affairs, but these movies are the exception. The new realism changed the way we see ourselves in film.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #672 Learn more »
  • City Lights (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    City Lights

    Charles Chaplin

    Batzomon: “The Little Tramp had the biggest heart, and Chaplin will make yours laugh and ache. The brilliance of Lights can be seen by even the blindest beauty.”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #680 Learn more »
  • Red Beard (Criterion DVD)

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    Red Beard

    Akira Kurosawa

    Batzomon: “If ever a person should lose faith in humanity, they should watch Red Beard. Mifune and Kurosawa's partnership proves people are worth the effort.”

    DVD Spine #159 Learn more »
  • Tokyo Story (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    Tokyo Story

    Yasujiro Ozu

    Batzomon: “For a childless bachelor, Ozu had the greatest understanding of humans and families than any other filmmaker. It's so good, I bought it twice.”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #217 Learn more »
  • Eclipse Series 37: When Horror Came to Shochiku (Eclipse DVD)

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    Eclipse Series 37: When Horror Came to Shochiku

    Batzomon: “Remember when precise examinations of human drama were filmed right alongside alien chickens, ghosts, and murderous insects? Criterion remembers.”

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  • Pierre Etaix (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Pierre Etaix

    Pierre Etaix

    Batzomon: “There's Chaplin, Keaton, and Lloyd...and directly behind them is Etaix. One of the best silent comedians to ever speak French.”

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  • Shoah (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Shoah

    Claude Lanzmann

    Batzomon: “This film is a document of what can never be fully written nor fully comprehended. It is simply astonishing in what is said and what isn't.”

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  • I Married a Witch (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    I Married a Witch

    René Clair

    Batzomon: “If you're gonna be cursed by a witch for generations, you can't do better than Veronica Lake. This Clair concoction bubbles with hilarity.”

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  • Seduced and Abandoned (Criterion DVD)

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    Seduced and Abandoned

    Pietro Germi

    Batzomon: “Just watched this hilarious Italian comedy during the summer and had to get it. Fleet, funny, and fanged. TAKE THAT, PATRIARCHY!”

    DVD Spine #350 Learn more »
  • Repo Man (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Repo Man

    Alex Cox

    Batzomon: “I haven't seen this one in so long, but now that I know I love Alex Cox and Harry Dean Stanton, I'm giving this one the full punk of my trunk.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #654 Learn more »
  • Night Train to Munich (Criterion DVD)

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    Night Train to Munich

    Carol Reed

    Batzomon: “What's better than Rex Harrison fighting Nazis? Charters and Caldicott doing likewise, by Jove!”

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  • Shallow Grave (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Shallow Grave

    Danny Boyle

    Batzomon: “Man, did this one surprise me. It takes thriller cliches and bounces them right out the roof. Or maybe the floorboards?”

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  • The Gold Rush (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Gold Rush

    Charles Chaplin

    Batzomon: “When you watch Chaplin, you know you've struck gold. It will go well with my copy of Modern Times, because why work when you can prospect instead?”

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