by Venanzo

Created 08/15/17

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Criterion films I've seen so far in 2017, ranked according to my whims.

  • Watching this is sheer joy, an effortless film about all the effort that goes into art. It's funny, stupid, and childish, and I doubt I'll see a better film this year.

  • I've got to watch this again. It gives you that religious feeling.

  • This may well challenge the title for my favourite Tarkovsky film, Stalker. Confusing, dry, and obscure, a bleak epic that has one of the most moving final chapters in cinema.

  • The first in the Apu trilogy isn't really about Apu at all, but rather a harrowing story of three generations of women struggling in poverty. Beautiful and tragic. It's perfect.

  • A short story collection combining everything I love about Italy. The mix of sex and religion is typically Italian, and often very funny.

  • Deeply erotic, beautiful visuals - it's all painted! How did British film go from this to mid-20th-century mood pieces? The close-ups are particularly mesmerising. Sure, there are some dated parts, but it holds together wonderfully and the finale is a perfect marriage of score, pacing, and action.

  • The food film about film, and sex, about love, about cooking, about everything to do with food. Funny and visually stunning. This film makes me happy.

  • The dialogue in this film puts most movies, and most of life, to shame.

  • A beautiful empty world.

  • Eureka!

  • Mad and the only sensible way to shoot a city.

  • What is she thinking?

  • Tragedy through a keyhole.

  • I have no idea what this was.

  • Truffaut's having so much fun you forgive the fact it doesn't make a lick of sense.

  • I don't what to think about this film. It's obviously brilliant, and when it gets to the third hour it becomes incredibly confident and feels self-assured. The earlier portions of the film seem slightly hesitant, it's very slow in parts, and very sombre, but it's never really clear why. Many of the characters, like the priest, disappear from view, while others give long abstract speeches that feel very written. It's a novel, it's a play and a film, but it never really feels like these three mediums at the same time. This isn't to say that it's disjointed, but it is bizarre. I'm going to have to watch it again.

  • Silly, stylish, funny, cool.

  • An astounding child performance.

  • I loved the climb to the top, which is rightfully famous, but the smaller moments in the first half are maybe even funnier.

  • Quite clearly based on a short story and thus only able to cover a little ground, it's a simple but pleasurable film. There are some beautiful scenes, but ultimately it's the musical performances (especially the final one) that are sublime and the reason to watch.

  • Anarchic, but maybe a little sentimental about its punk rock spirit?

  • Once you get over Grant's terrible hat, this is a pretty great film. Hawks' ridiculously masculine world view is presented with excitement and humour, while Grant's charm makes the whole thing a very easy watch.

  • Even without the fact we now know the Nazis were coming, this film is shocking for its display of how ordinary life in 1930s Berlin was. Dates, naps, and picnics, it's a breeze of a film, a bit like a Sunday.

  • What an odd film. Watching it in 2017 I'm struck by how mad, how narcissistic Catherine is. It's like a short story by Mark Twain where a lot of awful things happen, but because they are told in an amusing fashion, and the things in question are so often surreal, one is left more amused than saddened by the whole thing.