My Criterion Revelations

by FilmTempest

Created 07/04/12

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The one thing I love about Criterion, is that it allows me to access a canon of films that I would otherwise be completely oblivious to. The Collection holds a number of films and filmmakers that I have discovered and will continue to explore which now hold a special place in my favourite filmography. Here is a list of those films and their creators.

  • Ever since I heard the intoxicating score from Philip Glass that was used in the trailer, I knew I had to see this film. Using thick narrative and innovative technical brushstrokes, Mishima is the portrait of a man's very nature and soul.

  • "Where is it that we were together? Who were you that I lived with? The brother. The friend. Darkness and light. Strife and love. Are they the workings of one mind? The features of the same face? Oh, my soul."
    Malick just gets it. He creates real characters, with real thoughts, real emotions and real questions. Nothing is insignificant.

  • One of the most versatile filmmakers I've come across, Louis Malle never falls short of human emotion and empathetic nostalgia. The final moments of this film completely ruined me.

  • No other filmmaker quite matches the calibre of Bergman and his ability to make emotionally balanced and existentially ponderous films so damn enthralling! No list is complete without at least one Bergman picture on it.

  • Fuller will never disappoint. This explosive director can twist genre and exploit controversy to create great films.Nothing is misplaced and nothing is left unsaid.

  • The deepest valleys and highest mountains of existing is exposed in this film.Yang presents the hardships a Taiwanese family with a glimmer of hope. Wonderfully written and performed.

  • "Nail biting" doesn't even come close! My hands were mere nubs after finishing this film. Which made getting out of the seat I had buried myself into very difficult! Clouzot is a true master of suspense.

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