Victor Hsu’s Collection (166)

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  • Le Corbeau (Criterion DVD)

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    Le Corbeau

    Henri-Georges Clouzot

    Victor Hsu: “dark work”

    DVD Spine #227 Learn more »
  • Le doulos (Criterion DVD)

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    Le doulos

    Jean-Pierre Melville

    Victor Hsu: “Good thriller marred by a ridiculous need for exposition and karma by the end's turning point. Too bad!”

    DVD Spine #447 Learn more »
  • F for Fake (Criterion DVD)

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    F for Fake

    Orson Welles

    Victor Hsu: “Welles was always at his best when he played with Gothic indulgences, and this is no exception. Good way to end a high career.”

    DVD Spine #288 Learn more »
  • Sweet Smell of Success (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Sweet Smell of Success

    Alexander Mackendrick

    Victor Hsu: “Brilliant.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #555 Learn more »
  • Following (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Following

    Christopher Nolan

    Victor Hsu: “Typical Nolan elements.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #638 Learn more »
  • Mafioso (Criterion DVD)

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    Mafioso

    Alberto Lattuada

    Victor Hsu: “A crime thriller with touches of comedy.”

    DVD Spine #424 Learn more »
  • Antonio Gaudí (Criterion DVD)

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    Antonio Gaudí

    Hiroshi Teshigahara

    Victor Hsu: “Mystifying.”

    DVD Spine #425 Learn more »
  • An Autumn Afternoon (Criterion DVD)

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    An Autumn Afternoon

    Yasujiro Ozu

    Victor Hsu: “Poignant and heartbreaking.”

    DVD Spine #446 Learn more »
  • The Kid with a Bike (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Kid with a Bike

    Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne

    Victor Hsu: “A film that both aims at the fable and the realist, its direction is occasionally maudlin but the performances are driven by total sincerity.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #646 Learn more »
  • La haine (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    La haine

    Mathieu Kassovitz

    Victor Hsu: “A brutal fucking movie to shock the audience. Jodie Foster's introduction is a particular highlight, though it should be seen perhaps after the movie.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #381 Learn more »
  • Stagecoach (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Stagecoach

    John Ford

    Victor Hsu: “Starts off a little weak, in my opinion (it sets up much like a "conventional" Western) but the latter half is especially haunting and beautiful.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #516 Learn more »
  • Trafic (Criterion DVD)

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    Trafic

    Jacques Tati

    Victor Hsu: “I remember a bit of discomfort watching M. Hulot's later work Playtime, but this is certainly more digestible for the audience.”

    DVD Spine #439 Learn more »
  • Au hasard Balthazar (Criterion DVD)

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    Au hasard Balthazar

    Robert Bresson

    Victor Hsu: “Despite a rough assemblage of edits in the beginning (or this was in my opinion), the rest of the movie is a masterpiece of symbols.”

    DVD Spine #297 Learn more »
  • Chasing Amy (Criterion DVD)

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    Chasing Amy

    Kevin Smith

    Victor Hsu: “A weird movie to watch, mostly because I'm not sure if the characters are intentionally despicable. Camerawork is atrocious but work is - interesting?”

    DVD Spine #75 Learn more »
  • The Game (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Game

    David Fincher

    Victor Hsu: “Visually this movie is much closer towards Fincher's later direction, and also hints at some of Fincher's shortcomings (an ending that stretches).”

    Blu-Ray Spine #627 Learn more »
  • Certified Copy (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Certified Copy

    Abbas Kiarostami

    Victor Hsu: “Straddles the line between reality and duplicity. The actions of each character remain sadly in tune through each "scenario" presented. Implications.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #612 Learn more »
  • The Blob (Criterion DVD)

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    The Blob

    Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.

    Victor Hsu: “An interesting curio and a devastating attack on America's willful disregard for the environment, personified by the "Blob" that consumes all things.”

    DVD Spine #91 Learn more »
  • Still Walking (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Still Walking

    Hirokazu Kore-eda

    Victor Hsu: “A revisionist Ozu touch, mingled in with a more empathetic Obayashi-like direction. A true treasure of a film from the director of After Life.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #554 Learn more »
  • Taste of Cherry (Criterion DVD)

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    Taste of Cherry

    Abbas Kiarostami

    Victor Hsu: “Strange release. Not a bad film, and easily more watchable than Close-Up (which remains one of the most difficult experiences I've had).”

    DVD Spine #45 Learn more »
  • Peeping Tom (Criterion DVD)

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    Peeping Tom

    Michael Powell

    Victor Hsu: “A very rare movie that manages to challenge the audience by inviting it into the voyeurism of cinema, with no real way out.”

    DVD Spine #58 Learn more »
  • Tokyo Olympiad (Criterion DVD)

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    Tokyo Olympiad

    Kon Ichikawa

    Victor Hsu: “Interesting experiment.”

    DVD Spine #155 Learn more »
  • Carl Theodor Dreyer  Box Set (Criterion DVD)

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    Carl Theodor Dreyer Box Set

    Victor Hsu: “Each film in this set is worth watching; the highlight of this collection (in my modest opinion) is Ordet, but all films are quite necessary.”

    DVD Spine #124 Learn more »
  • Berlin Alexanderplatz (Criterion DVD)

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    Berlin Alexanderplatz

    Rainer Werner Fassbinder

    Victor Hsu: “A lengthy and at times dissolute collection of episodes that nonetheless serve as one of the most striking character studies ever put to film.”

    DVD Spine #411 Learn more »
  • Pandora’s Box (Criterion DVD)

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    Pandora’s Box

    Georg Wilhelm Pabst

    Victor Hsu: “One of the greatest films of sexual immorality, precisely because Louise Brooks doesn't judge her character - she simply exists as Lulu.”

    DVD Spine #358 Learn more »
  • Bicycle Thieves (Criterion DVD)

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    Bicycle Thieves

    Vittorio De Sica

    Victor Hsu: “A pessimistic and Italian neo-realist film that served as the highest point of the film movement itself, and is (somewhat paradoxically) lofty for it.”

    DVD Spine #374 Learn more »
  • Three Colors (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Three Colors

    Krzysztof Kieślowski

    Victor Hsu: “A highlight of Kieslowski's career, thanks to the willful performances of each female character within their representative parts. Recommended.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #587 Learn more »
  • Island of Lost Souls (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Island of Lost Souls

    Erle C. Kenton

    Victor Hsu: “Something of a small film in my own personal opinion, yet nonetheless it's an enjoyable film and a good indication of cinema's (future) evolution.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #586 Learn more »
  • The Complete Jean Vigo (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Complete Jean Vigo

    Victor Hsu: “I was quite expecting something a little more unwieldy like Brakhage's box set (which, comprehensive as it is, still gives me frustration). Not so.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #578 Learn more »
  • The Makioka Sisters (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Makioka Sisters

    Kon Ichikawa

    Victor Hsu: “It's a bit sad to note that there are no real features save for a trailer, but the film makes up by articulating so well the displacement of culture.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #567 Learn more »
  • Blow Out (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Blow Out

    Brian De Palma

    Victor Hsu: “A pulp film with no small ties to Antonioni's Blow Up, its greatest strength is its ability to exist cognizant of its artsy counterpart.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #562 Learn more »
  • The Mikado (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Mikado

    Victor Schertzinger

    Victor Hsu: “Rather than its own release, I think this could have benefited as a supplement to Topsy Turvy; it's an able adaptation, but nothing remarkable.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #559 Learn more »
  • Topsy-Turvy (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Topsy-Turvy

    Mike Leigh

    Victor Hsu: “This film characterizes the development of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado (as can be evinced) but is really a film about the art of craftsmanship.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #558 Learn more »
  • America Lost and Found: The BBS Story (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    America Lost and Found: The BBS Story

    Victor Hsu: “A diverse collection of films exploiting the human condition, from the playful tone of "Head" to the coming-of-age "The Last Picture Show." Recommend.”

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  • Antichrist (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Antichrist

    Lars von Trier

    Victor Hsu: “Despite a strange and unwieldy beginning (excluding the Noh-like opening) this film went on to be quite the experience. Not perfect, but serviceable.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #542 Learn more »
  • The Night of the Hunter (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Night of the Hunter

    Charles Laughton

    Victor Hsu: “At first I found this movie at first to be a strange oddity - a peppered British film with German influences. After watching Undertow, though...”

    Blu-Ray Spine #541 Learn more »
  • Paths of Glory (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Paths of Glory

    Stanley Kubrick

    Victor Hsu: “There are two kinds of Kubrick: early Kubrick (where the story dominates) and late Kubrick (visual dominates). I find late Kubrick more interesting.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #538 Learn more »
  • Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

    Nagisa Oshima

    Victor Hsu: “After my previous bout with Oshima's Empire of Passion, I was hesitant with this. No need - it's very lyrical, and showcases Oshima as quite able.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #535 Learn more »
  • Red Desert (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Red Desert

    Michelangelo Antonioni

    Victor Hsu: “A movie that feels its length, through examination of a woman in relation to her family, work, and the daily vacuousness of life.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #522 Learn more »
  • Mystery Train (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Mystery Train

    Jim Jarmusch

    Victor Hsu: “A spiritual successor to a Wenders film by way of using language and isolation to determine a disconnect with the reality around them.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #521 Learn more »
  • Everlasting Moments (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Everlasting Moments

    Jan Troell

    Victor Hsu: “I was a little surprised to see Armond White's contribution in this package; as for the film itself, it's a gorgeous and drenched film.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #520 Learn more »
  • Close-up (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Close-up

    Abbas Kiarostami

    Victor Hsu: “I may be first to indicate my own disgruntlement at Kiarostami's work, even though I recognize his is a very special kind of filmmaking. Nonetheless.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #519 Learn more »
  • Summer Hours (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Summer Hours

    Olivier Assayas

    Victor Hsu: “It's been a while since I last watched this movie, but I do remember it treating its core drama with a sense of dispassion and elegance. Recommended.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #513 Learn more »
  • Letters from Fontainhas:  Three Films by Pedro Costa (Criterion DVD)

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    Letters from Fontainhas: Three Films by Pedro Costa

    Pedro Costa

    Victor Hsu: “This was a weird and challenging set, but by far the most engaging film for me was Colossal Youth - everything else seemed a build up towards it.”

    DVD Spine #508 Learn more »
  • Bigger Than Life (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Bigger Than Life

    Nicholas Ray

    Victor Hsu: “True to its title, this is a giant portrait of a man succumbing fatally towards his addiction to substance, his relations forever tattered.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #507 Learn more »
  • Dillinger Is Dead (Criterion DVD)

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    Dillinger Is Dead

    Marco Ferreri

    Victor Hsu: “I remember watching this with a good deal of frustration; the narrative isn't exactly the most clear-cut. At its heart, though, it's A Woman Under...”

    DVD Spine #506 Learn more »
  • Hunger (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Hunger

    Steve McQueen

    Victor Hsu: “McQueen would later go on to make the more resonant Shame, but this first feature is quite challenging in scope and treatment of its subject.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #504 Learn more »
  • Revanche (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Revanche

    Götz Spielmann

    Victor Hsu: “I read at one point that the director, upon completing his film, knew it to be a masterpiece. And indeed it is.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #502 Learn more »
  • Paris, Texas (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Paris, Texas

    Wim Wenders

    Victor Hsu: “I was very excited to watch this movie after having seen Wings of Desire, and reading about the plot; I'm happy to say my expectations were fulfilled.”

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  • Che (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Che

    Steven Soderbergh

    Victor Hsu: “Unfortunately this film will end up being coupled with Peter Jackson, due to its somewhat stretched plotting (yet rich characterization!). Good.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #496 Learn more »
  • Gomorrah (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Gomorrah

    Matteo Garrone

    Victor Hsu: “This was a rough movie (and by that I refer to the intentional coarseness of the script, setting...) and also quite cynical. But it's filmed well.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #493 Learn more »
  • A Christmas Tale (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    A Christmas Tale

    Arnaud Desplechin

    Victor Hsu: “I can't remember too much about this one save for the well-lit cinematography and the quiet pathos of the main character. I may have to rewatch this.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #492 Learn more »
  • Wings of Desire (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Wings of Desire

    Wim Wenders

    Victor Hsu: “This was the film that first introduced me into the somewhat exotic - somewhat barren - and always magnificently philosophized works of Wim Wenders.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #490 Learn more »
  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Criterion DVD)

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    Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

    Chantal Akerman

    Victor Hsu: “This was a film which made me quite active, in response to the slow and measured activities of the actress herself. It certainly has a shocker end.”

    DVD Spine #484 Learn more »
  • Repulsion (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Repulsion

    Roman Polanski

    Victor Hsu: “I've been spoiled sadly on Chinatown and Rosemary's Baby, so I can't necessarily call this a favorite Polanski - but it's quite the competent story.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #483 Learn more »
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    David Fincher

    Victor Hsu: “I don't quite think this movie deserves the Criterion treatment, but nonetheless it's an able (yet weak) Fincher film. A curio, in any case.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #476 Learn more »
  • The Friends of Eddie Coyle (Criterion DVD)

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    The Friends of Eddie Coyle

    Peter Yates

    Victor Hsu: “Making a note of it in light of Killing Them Softly: this is my personal favorite of the two works, mostly for its accentuated British quality.”

    DVD Spine #475 Learn more »
  • The Hit (Criterion DVD)

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    The Hit

    Stephen Frears

    Victor Hsu: “Another Briti-like drama that unfolds slowly, The Hit can be seen as a tonal counterpart to The Friends, though it's not quite so dispassionate.”

    DVD Spine #469 Learn more »
  • Empire of Passion (Criterion DVD)

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    Empire of Passion

    Nagisa Oshima

    Victor Hsu: “Despite having watched this movie I cannot remember too much of it. I wonder if Oshima could be considered the Japanese Haneke...”

    DVD Spine #467 Learn more »
  • The Last Metro (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Last Metro

    François Truffaut

    Victor Hsu: “This is the film where I note that my main interest was with the design of the Criterion cover, and not so much the movie itself. It's okay.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #462 Learn more »
  • White Dog (Criterion DVD)

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    White Dog

    Samuel Fuller

    Victor Hsu: “Probably one of my early Criterion discoveries, and one of my favorite as a result. Not much supplements besides the amusing interview with the dog.”

    DVD Spine #455 Learn more »