Personal Shopper: Freedom 2016
In this intimate psychological thriller, Olivier Assayas interrogates contemporary society’s near-religious reliance on technology and its mediation of reality.
Walter Matthau Sings! (and Other Delights of Hopscotch)
Walter Matthau solidified his reputation as a formidable comedic force in this delightful Cold War espionage romp.
Rumble Fish: Lose Yourself
After a string of ill-fated productions, Francis Ford Coppola channeled his feelings of self-doubt in this deeply personal take on S. E. Hinton’s beloved novel.
Heart of a Dog: Enough Time to Hold Love in Your Grasp
This elegiac meditation on impermanence showcases Laurie Anderson’s playfully experimental approach to sound and image.
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls: “My Happening”
“King of the Nudies” Russ Meyer injects his transgressive exuberance into this big-studio send-up of Hollywood debauchery.
Valley of the Dolls: This Merry-Go-Round
The salacious sixties phenomenon of the Dirty Book made its way to the big screen in this adaptation of Jacqueline Susann’s best seller.
Two Intertwined Semi-Venetian Masterpieces
Critic Glenn Kenny reveals the connection between two classics: Nicolas Roeg’s film Don’t Look Now and Robert Wyatt’s album Rock Bottom.
Third Ear Band’s Psychedelic Alchemy in Macbeth
“We were just in London, clubbing, all those things people did in the ’60s in the middle of London,” British actor Francesca Annis recalls, in an interview on the new Criterion release of Macbeth, of “crossing paths” with director Roman Pol…
Bad Timing and “Dreaming My Dreams with You”
As breakup songs go, “Dreaming My Dreams with You,” written by country stalwart Allen Reynolds, is a tear-jerking doozy. It first appeared on the 1975 Waylon Jennings album Dreaming My Dreams. And while it’s been covered pretty frequently, by s…
Meet Channing Pollock
When I was in high school in the late ’70s, one of my closest pals was a semiprofessional magician. A top-flight pianist as well, Charles was making some tidy sums as an entertainer in restaurants and clubs around North Jersey and New York well bef…
At the end of the first part of World on a Wire, the science fiction epic Rainer Werner Fassbinder made for German television in 1973, computer engineer turned company bigwig Fred Stiller (Klaus Löwitsch) has a rude awakening. A colleague informs Fr…
There’s a Riot Goin’ On
When Walter Wanger conceived the movie that would become Riot in Cell Block 11, he wasn’t thinking in terms of pop culture. The longtime independent film producer, with classics (and Criterion releases) such as Stagecoach and Foreign Correspondent …
Ministry of Fear: Paranoid Style
Working in America, German master Fritz Lang contributed to the anti-Nazi effort with this nightmarish, surreal tale of espionage.
Le doulos: Walking Ghosts
It is pretty much a convention of the hard-boiled gangster picture that most, if not all, of the principal characters wind up dead by the final shot. So it ought not constitute a “spoiler” to note that Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le doulos hews to t…