Victor Hsu’s Collection (166)

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  • 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 »
  • Short Cuts (Criterion DVD)

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    Short Cuts

    Robert Altman

    Victor Hsu: “A strange film which I'm not sure why is in the Criterion collection, but nonetheless remains a wonderful realization of Robert Altman's capabilities.”

    DVD Spine #265 Learn more »
  • If.... (Criterion DVD)

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    If....

    Lindsay Anderson

    Victor Hsu: “A mild film that helped to catapult Malcolm McDowell, in one of his more savory and intelligent roles. The director clearly knows what he's doing.”

    DVD Spine #391 Learn more »
  • The Royal Tenenbaums (Criterion DVD)

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    The Royal Tenenbaums

    Wes Anderson

    Victor Hsu: “A humorous Wes Anderson film that doesn't really seek out the best qualities in his oeuvre. Nonetheless, a charming family film. Though not revisited.”

    DVD Spine #157 Learn more »
  • The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Criterion DVD)

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    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

    Wes Anderson

    Victor Hsu: “A strange little film that quotes from all sources. I actually enjoy this film as a great family flick because of its aesthetic and film tribute.”

    DVD Spine #300 Learn more »
  • Bottle Rocket (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Bottle Rocket

    Wes Anderson

    Victor Hsu: “It's a good thing to see Wes Anderson as a fledgling artist, if only to note how he will later build up on his compositions (never "films" anymore).”

    Blu-Ray Spine #450 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 »
  • Carlos (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Carlos

    Olivier Assayas

    Victor Hsu: “Just about finished. Supreme work by Édgar Ramírez and Olivier Assayas. Vision both exhausting and engrossing; definitely a recommended watch.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #582 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 »
  • Blast of Silence (Criterion DVD)

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    Blast of Silence

    Allen Baron

    Victor Hsu: “Strange film to pick up. A noir thriller that perfectly meshes much of the cliches that one may think of when one thinks of film noir. Dated, however.”

    DVD Spine #428 Learn more »
  • Le trou (Criterion DVD)

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    Le trou

    Jacques Becker

    Victor Hsu: “Damning film that works just as well as Clouzot's The Wages of Fear, if not infinitely better (in my opinion). Especially memorable is the last line.”

    DVD Spine #129 Learn more »
  • The Thief of Bagdad (Criterion DVD)

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    The Thief of Bagdad

    Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell and Tim Whelan

    Victor Hsu: “A Sabu film? I admittedly don't know much about the child actor here, mostly picking this up as a Pressburger / Powell et al film. A curious curio.”

    DVD Spine #431 Learn more »
  • The Seventh Seal (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Seventh Seal

    Ingmar Bergman

    Victor Hsu: “A classic for many due to its now iconic portrayal of the struggle against Death. More importantly, a play against the mortality of men.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #11 Learn more »
  • Fanny and Alexander Box Set (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Fanny and Alexander Box Set

    Ingmar Bergman

    Victor Hsu: “I would have thought I had already commented on this particular box set. Haven't watched it yet, but plan to!”

    Blu-Ray Spine #261 Learn more »
  • The Last Emperor (Criterion DVD)

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    The Last Emperor

    Bernardo Bertolucci

    Victor Hsu: “Lengthy movie. Did not finish yet. Plan to!”

    DVD Spine #422 Learn more »
  • Fat Girl (Criterion DVD)

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    Fat Girl

    Catherine Breillat

    Victor Hsu: “Strangely compared to Haneke by another, but I can see the qualities inherent in each. A hypnotizing film that lends itself well to its shocking end.”

    DVD Spine #259 Learn more »
  • Diary of a Country Priest (Criterion DVD)

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    Diary of a Country Priest

    Robert Bresson

    Victor Hsu: “More than a little unlikable protagonist is put against a civilian town in this pensive work by Bresson.”

    DVD Spine #222 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 »
  • Black Orpheus (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Black Orpheus

    Marcel Camus

    Victor Hsu: “Another unique film that either has you captivated by the energy of its performances or dulled by the non-stop frantic pace. I lean to the latter.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #48 Learn more »
  • Häxan (Criterion DVD)

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    Häxan

    Benjamin Christensen

    Victor Hsu: “It's become harder and harder to appreciate this on its own and not for its cultural significance now, and perhaps that is for the best. Tells a tale.”

    DVD Spine #134 Learn more »
  • The Wages of Fear (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Wages of Fear

    Henri-Georges Clouzot

    Victor Hsu: “A thriller that, true to form, has a downer ending representative of the Zeitgeist it encapsulated. Aside from that, though: a brilliant action film. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #36 Learn more »
  • Le Corbeau (Criterion DVD)

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    Le Corbeau

    Henri-Georges Clouzot

    Victor Hsu: “dark work”

    DVD Spine #227 Learn more »
  • Beauty and the Beast (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Beauty and the Beast

    Jean Cocteau

    Victor Hsu: “Enchanting film, considered the milestone in Jean Renoir's oeuvre (alongside his Orpheus). Definitely a magical movie; still in awe of his work now!”

    Blu-Ray Spine #6 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 »
  • Naked Lunch (Criterion DVD)

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    Naked Lunch

    David Cronenberg

    Victor Hsu: “Read the book, watch the movie. They're two disparate entities, but both glean a highly interesting view of Burroughs and the state he was in.”

    DVD Spine #220 Learn more »
  • Videodrome (Criterion DVD)

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    Videodrome

    David Cronenberg

    Victor Hsu: “Another David Cronenberg film following Naked Lunch. Would actually prefer to get this on Blu-ray some day. Fleshy camp fun.”

    DVD Spine #248 Learn more »
  • Sólo con tu pareja (Criterion DVD)

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    Sólo con tu pareja

    Alfonso Cuarón

    Victor Hsu: “I find it to be a very weak film, personally. It's cute in its fancy, and its treatment of AIDS and general panic can be funny, but it's quite vapid.”

    DVD Spine #353 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 »
  • The Naked City (Criterion DVD)

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    The Naked City

    Jules Dassin

    Victor Hsu: “A rather "French" production. The grit of the story remains largely focused on one murder, before panning away to reveal a nihilistic approach.”

    DVD Spine #380 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 »
  • The Devil and Daniel Webster (Criterion DVD)

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    The Devil and Daniel Webster

    William Dieterle

    Victor Hsu: “A curio that I'm not quite sure how it got onto the Criterion collection, but is nonetheless quite enjoyable. A family flick with marvellous joy.”

    DVD Spine #214 Learn more »
  • Charade (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Charade

    Stanley Donen

    Victor Hsu: “A romance piece more suited to the likes of North by Northwest or Rear Window. Nonetheless quite interesting in its enigmatic Cary Grant role.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #57 Learn more »
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc (Criterion DVD)

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    The Passion of Joan of Arc

    Carl Th. Dreyer

    Victor Hsu: “A riveting performance by Maria Falconetti makes this film a real treat to watch, even if she is - for the most part - weeping. A triumph in film.”

    DVD Spine #62 Learn more »
  • Vampyr (Criterion DVD)

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    Vampyr

    Carl Th. Dreyer

    Victor Hsu: “Hypnotic and tender at times, whilst truly frightening in its assemblage of images. I do wish the narrative was kept to the images, though.”

    DVD Spine #437 Learn more »
  • Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Criterion DVD)

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    Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

    Rainer Werner Fassbinder

    Victor Hsu: “Haven't watched yet. Will do soon!”

    DVD Spine #198 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 »
  • Amarcord (Criterion DVD)

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    Amarcord

    Federico Fellini

    Victor Hsu: “Deliciously campy, with autobiographical elements and satirical portrayals of fascism. An idea that further developed into the seminal work 8 1/2.”

    DVD Spine #4 Learn more »
  • 8½ (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Federico Fellini

    Victor Hsu: “Found myself a bit frustrated with this movie. Although I still like it more than I do the Nine musical! I will try and watch this again.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #140 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 »
  • 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 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 »
  • Young Mr. Lincoln (Criterion DVD)

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    Young Mr. Lincoln

    John Ford

    Victor Hsu: “This is the first film by John Ford I have been exposed to, and it sets a high precedent for the following films I am to check out. Fine realization.”

    DVD Spine #320 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Brazil (Criterion DVD)

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    Brazil

    Terry Gilliam

    Victor Hsu: “Wish I found the 3 disc edition beforehand. Nonetheless a very campy ride. A surreal ride that makes you think -- but not before you laugh!”

    DVD Spine #51 Learn more »
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Criterion DVD)

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    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Terry Gilliam

    Victor Hsu: “A wild ride that can be considered as one of Gilliam's weaker entries in the Criterion list. But when you consider his other work, that's not a diss.”

    DVD Spine #175 Learn more »
  • Alphaville (Criterion DVD)

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    Alphaville

    Jean-Luc Godard

    Victor Hsu: “A strange little ditty of a film that, to be honest, I would not revisit; although it definitely has some good qualities, it didn't do much for me.”

    DVD Spine #25 Learn more »
  • Breathless (Criterion DVD)

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    Breathless

    Jean-Luc Godard

    Victor Hsu: “Probably Godard's most famous film, and which helped him to realize his "jump cuts" through punctuated editing. The acting is good but not special.”

    DVD Spine #408 Learn more »
  • Pierrot le fou (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Pierrot le fou

    Jean-Luc Godard

    Victor Hsu: “A much better film from Godard than his stagnant Breathless, which seems more fully realized and playful. A must-recommend for any curious of Godard.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #421 Learn more »
  • Carnival of Souls (Criterion DVD)

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    Carnival of Souls

    Herk Harvey

    Victor Hsu: “A strange little film that now can be found for free. This release is thus purely for the extras that can be found.”

    DVD Spine #63 Learn more »
  • The Lady Vanishes (Criterion DVD)

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    The Lady Vanishes

    Alfred Hitchcock

    Victor Hsu: “Saw this movie collected on a compilation disc somewhere. Interesting to look at now, although I don't find it particularly strong.”

    DVD Spine #3 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 »
  • Tokyo Olympiad (Criterion DVD)

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    Tokyo Olympiad

    Kon Ichikawa

    Victor Hsu: “Interesting experiment.”

    DVD Spine #155 Learn more »
  • Vengeance Is Mine (Criterion DVD)

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    Vengeance Is Mine

    Shohei Imamura

    Victor Hsu: “A favourite, mostly because of the captivating portrayal by the main lead. Follows something of a Oedipal-like structure, with repercussions for all.”

    DVD Spine #384 Learn more »
  • Howards End (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Howards End

    James Ivory

    Victor Hsu: “One of my favourite Hopkins movies, along with The Remains of the Day; both produced by Ivory. Both British, and both impeccably acted.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #488 Learn more »
  • Hoop Dreams (Criterion DVD)

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    Hoop Dreams

    Steve James

    Victor Hsu: “Things don't end quite as optimistically as you'd expect them to, and the name Hoop Dreams quite becomes itself. But it's still a brilliant work.”

    DVD Spine #289 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 »
  • Mon oncle Antoine (Criterion DVD)

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    Mon oncle Antoine

    Claude Jutra

    Victor Hsu: “Quite possibly one of my most favorite Quebec films of all time, and definitely a highlight of Canadian cinema. Though I don't think I'll revisit it.”

    DVD Spine #438 Learn more »