Batzomon’s Collection (165)

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  • Jules and Jim (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    Jules and Jim

    François Truffaut

    Batzomon: “When two men love a woman, it's heartbreak in that hotel, because she's a sketchy kind of girl. I haven't seen this one in years, but Truffaut is go!”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #281 Learn more »
  • Vivre sa vie (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Vivre sa vie

    Jean-Luc Godard

    Batzomon: “Godard hasn't been comprehensible in a while, but for a while, you could actually figure him out. Tableaux in the tune of tragedy, timeless tale.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #512 Learn more »
  • The Thin Red Line (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Thin Red Line

    Terrence Malick

    Batzomon: “Now here's where Malick gets into his introspection for three hours, pondering the entirety of man's place in nature as bombs blast and kids laugh.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #536 Learn more »
  • Badlands (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Badlands

    Terrence Malick

    Batzomon: “Malick doesn't get too introspective here; he'd rather just follow two kids as they idle along and murder people. Dang they aren't charming, though.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #651 Learn more »
  • Children of Paradise (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Children of Paradise

    Marcel Carné

    Batzomon: “These children are adults, and this paradise ain't so nice, but we all make do with how we can in the eternal struggle of the woman and the man.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #141 Learn more »
  • Love Streams (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    Love Streams

    John Cassavetes

    Batzomon: “Love, it's like a river, and it drowns the slanted reeds. We are those weeds, gulping in that endless stream, desperate to think it will save us.”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #721 Learn more »
  • The Life of Oharu (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Life of Oharu

    Kenji Mizoguchi

    Batzomon: “A Mizoguchi film about a woman who is abused and mistreated by society? No way! And yet, this is the best of that select breed of masterpieces.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #664 Learn more »
  • Nashville (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    Nashville

    Robert Altman

    Batzomon: “Altman loves his large casts of colorful characters, each individual as colorful and varied as any other American in the great land we call Nashville.”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #683 Learn more »
  • The Exterminating Angel (Criterion DVD)

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    The Exterminating Angel

    Luis Buñuel

    Batzomon: “Have you ever been in a room and just...can't seem to leave it? I know, we've all been there, but thankfully, sheep are always plentiful in mansions.”

    DVD Spine #459 Learn more »
  • Two-Lane Blacktop (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Two-Lane Blacktop

    Monte Hellman

    Batzomon: “I saw this movie so long ago that from this distance, it only appears as a dot on the horizon. It speeds ever farther away on the road of memory.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #414 Learn more »
  • The Seventh Seal (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Seventh Seal

    Ingmar Bergman

    Batzomon: “It's funnier than you might think and as classic as the countless parodies and references attest. The Seventh Seal is first in art-house cinema.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #11 Learn more »
  • Black Narcissus (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Black Narcissus

    Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger

    Batzomon: “I've never been a nun before, but I suspect that I wouldn't much care for the isolation, the chastity, or the mountain madness. The hoods are nice.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #93 Learn more »
  • Pickpocket (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    Pickpocket

    Robert Bresson

    Batzomon: “Bresson uses his trademark details to paint a haunted portrait of intricate thievery and dejected aimlessness. Skillful fingers are dangerous, huh?”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #314 Learn more »
  • The Music Room (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Music Room

    Satyajit Ray

    Batzomon: “When a man gives up a life and a family to pursue a pure passion, some may look askance at him and think him a fool. And maybe he is, bless his soul.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #573 Learn more »
  • Sweet Smell of Success (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Sweet Smell of Success

    Alexander Mackendrick

    Batzomon: “You smell that? The stewing stench of ruthless journalism and underhanded tactics befitting a weasel better than a man? That was me, my bad.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #555 Learn more »
  • The Earrings of Madame de . . .  (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Earrings of Madame de . . .

    Max Ophuls

    Batzomon: “Those earrings are pretty sneaky, sis, moving around to different people and leaving tragedy in their wake. Heck, I prefer a gold necklace myself.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #445 Learn more »
  • Kes (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Kes

    Ken Loach

    Batzomon: “A boy and his bird are united, two stray souls in a British pit buried under a grey sky. Your heart will break to see some small happiness crushed.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #561 Learn more »
  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

    Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger

    Batzomon: “HARRUMPH! I dare say, this Colonel Blimp must be a right fine chap if he had a picture made after 'im. Tally-ho on the jim-jam, pip pip cheerio!”

    Blu-Ray Spine #173 Learn more »
  • Amarcord (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Amarcord

    Federico Fellini

    Batzomon: “Never has the rise of fascism been so delightful when it comes with big breasts. Fellini paints a small Italian town with the joy of a master artist.”

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  • Red Desert (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Red Desert

    Michelangelo Antonioni

    Batzomon: “All human connection is gone. There is nothing left on the desert plain. We just wander the industrial wasteland, listening to the fog creep.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #522 Learn more »
  • The Great Dictator (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Great Dictator

    Charles Chaplin

    Batzomon: “You ever hear of this Hitler guy? Turns out he was both a foolish clown and a dangerous madman. Chaplin, he knew and said so with class and humor.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #565 Learn more »
  • La Cage aux Folles (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    La Cage aux Folles

    Edouard Molinaro

    Batzomon: “This flirty French flick is feathered with FAAAAABULOUS fashion and funny fellas who don't fiddle with the females. This cage is a gay old time!”

    Blu-Ray Spine #671 Learn more »
  • All That Heaven Allows (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    All That Heaven Allows

    Douglas Sirk

    Batzomon: “The world wanted us to be apart, but I wouldn't let true love keep me from this Blu-ray upgrade. It's all that money allows, and it's just enough.”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #95 Learn more »
  • Berlin Alexanderplatz (Criterion DVD)

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    Berlin Alexanderplatz

    Rainer Werner Fassbinder

    Batzomon: “Have you ever spent fifteen hours with an unexceptional, naive man of sturdy stock? Because you will know and feel him like no other film can allow.”

    DVD Spine #411 Learn more »
  • Viridiana (Criterion DVD)

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    Viridiana

    Luis Buñuel

    Batzomon: “Bunuel is known for being a skeptic, and nuns are not so much known for that. Religion's a peach, but the pit is hard and nasty. I prefer the cards.”

    DVD Spine #332 Learn more »
  • Wings of Desire (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Wings of Desire

    Wim Wenders

    Batzomon: “Wenders' wings soar above a city divided, not only between East and West but angels and humans. Isn't it beautiful when we cross that line for love?”

    Blu-Ray Spine #490 Learn more »
  • Breaking the Waves (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    Breaking the Waves

    Lars von Trier

    Batzomon: “Love is never having to say, "Maybe it's not such a good idea that I have sex with strangers for my husband's sake." Von Trier is keeping the faith.”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #705 Learn more »
  • Trilogy of Life (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Trilogy of Life

    Pier Paolo Pasolini

    Batzomon: “Only Pasolini could make the past look so dirty (in both senses) and so appealing, a sensual odyssey of human love, lust, and lunacy. That's life.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #631 Learn more »
  • The Qatsi Trilogy (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Qatsi Trilogy

    Godfrey Reggio

    Batzomon: “When we look through the glass, what life shall we see? As the world spins in a trillion lights across a void, Reggio finds the facets of humanity.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #639 Learn more »
  • Solaris (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Solaris

    Andrei Tarkovsky

    Batzomon: “Tarkovsky doesn't make films of this world, and Solaris is literally off the planet. Meditative and patient, he asks the viewer, "What doth life?"”

    Blu-Ray Spine #164 Learn more »
  • Yi Yi (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Yi Yi

    Edward Yang

    Batzomon: “Yang left the world too soon, but in his stead, he gave us an epic of familial intimacy, a one to love, so let's use a two eyes to watch it.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #339 Learn more »
  • The Spirit of the Beehive (Criterion DVD)

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    The Spirit of the Beehive

    Víctor Erice

    Batzomon: “A delicate, haunting rendition of childhood during wartime, this spirit lingers in the eyes of the little girl lost in a world far worse than fantasy.”

    DVD Spine #351 Learn more »
  • World on a Wire (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    World on a Wire

    Rainer Werner Fassbinder

    Batzomon: “Fassbinder created a retro future where mirrors are our masters, and only one man can be paranoid about it. Starring Lou Diamond Phillips.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #598 Learn more »
  • Beastie Boys Video Anthology (Criterion DVD)

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    Beastie Boys Video Anthology

    Various

    Batzomon: “My name is Batzomon, and I'm here to say that Beastie Boys music is a-okay. WIKKITA-WIKKITA! DROP DA MIC AND HOLLA TO YA BOYS!”

    DVD Spine #100 Learn more »
  • Frances Ha (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    Frances Ha

    Noah Baumbach

    Batzomon: “This is exactly how it is to live in New York in your 20's: black and white, jazz music, a light-hearted and charming take on youth and ennui.”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #681 Learn more »
  • 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.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #567 Learn more »
  • 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.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #612 Learn more »
  • 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.”

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  • 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.”

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