Pat McCann’s Collection (195)

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  • Breathless (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Breathless

    Jean-Luc Godard

    Pat McCann: “I often find myself thinking about this film and I can't quite pinpoint why. A wholly original and unique film that thankfully never escapes me. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #408 Learn more »
  • 45 Years (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    45 Years

    Andrew Haigh

    Pat McCann: “Andrew Haigh's first horror film, and a very good one at that. Charlotte Rampling, of course, gives a wonderful performance that warrants seeing this.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #861 Learn more »
  • Stalker (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Stalker

    Andrei Tarkovsky

    Pat McCann: “This is one of those films best watched alone - nose pressed to the screen. An engrossing, haunting film that probably contributed to Tarkovskys death”

    Blu-Ray Spine #888 Learn more »
  • House (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    House

    Nobuhiko Obayashi

    Pat McCann: “This is a really good midnight movie to screen for people who haven't seen it before - a very fun communal experience to be sure. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #539 Learn more »
  • Dressed to Kill (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Dressed to Kill

    Brian De Palma

    Pat McCann: “DePalma is a vile misogynist and this vulgar attempt to imitate Hitchcock should be exposed as the disgusting male gaze film it is. A fraudulent work.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #770 Learn more »
  • Dheepan (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Dheepan

    Jacques Audiard

    Pat McCann: “This movie discredits itself and falls apart in the last act - not sure why Criterion is releasing this crude, distasteful immigrant story/action film”

    Blu-Ray Spine #871 Learn more »
  • Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

    Pedro Almodóvar

    Pat McCann: “This reminded me a lot of Fassbinder's Satan's Brew in terms of the madcap happenings the viewer follows, plus supreme art direction and color palette”

    Blu-Ray Spine #855 Learn more »
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc (Criterion DVD)

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    The Passion of Joan of Arc

    Carl Th. Dreyer

    Pat McCann: “Watching this film alone in total silence, nose to the screen, is the zenith of cinephilia. Dreyer needs to be recognized as one of the worlds best.”

    DVD Spine #62 Learn more »
  • Carl Theodor Dreyer  Box Set (Criterion DVD)

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    Carl Theodor Dreyer Box Set

    Pat McCann: “This is, like, the ultimate box set. You can truly and honestly skip film school - this really has everything you need to know in it. WOW to all films”

    DVD Spine #124 Learn more »
  • Rumble Fish (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Rumble Fish

    Francis Ford Coppola

    Pat McCann: “Finally this film gets the recognition that it deserves. I've had this title on my 'Most Wanted' list for as long as I've had a Criterion account. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #869 Learn more »
  • Being There (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Being There

    Hal Ashby

    Pat McCann: “Putting this out when there are already tons of fine prints of it while Ashby's most excellent 8 Million Ways to Die could use a boost is upsetting.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #864 Learn more »
  • Ministry of Fear (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Ministry of Fear

    Fritz Lang

    Pat McCann: “Starts out strong, then jumps shark after shark until you don't care. There are savory elements within, no doubt, but its plot overwhelms it totally.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #649 Learn more »
  • My Beautiful Laundrette (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    My Beautiful Laundrette

    Stephen Frears

    Pat McCann: “Stephen Frears' direction is truly flawless and it shows in not only the performances (Gordon Warnecke!), but set design & pretty much everything else”

    Blu-Ray Spine #767 Learn more »
  • All That Heaven Allows (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    All That Heaven Allows

    Douglas Sirk

    Pat McCann: “Show-stoppingly gorgeous. The care that was taken to make this film bursts from every frame - set design, lighting, costumes. A luscious achievement. ”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #95 Learn more »
  • Multiple Maniacs (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Multiple Maniacs

    John Waters

    Pat McCann: “The first truly great film Criterion has released in a very long time - John Waters is a national treasure. Multiple Maniacs?! What a title!”

    Blu-Ray Spine #863 Learn more »
  • Hamlet (Criterion DVD)

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    Hamlet

    Laurence Olivier

    Pat McCann: “As intensely moody a film as its doomed, haunted, fated titular protagonist. Lose yourself in Hamlet's shadows and give in to the fog of madness.”

    DVD Spine #82 Learn more »
  • Odd Man Out (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Odd Man Out

    Carol Reed

    Pat McCann: “Worth watching if only to hear James Mason completely bungle his characters Irish brogue by repeatedly letting slip his English accent. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #754 Learn more »
  • The 400 Blows (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The 400 Blows

    François Truffaut

    Pat McCann: “I've vowed to never watch this movie. And I never will.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #5 Learn more »
  • Do the Right Thing (Criterion DVD)

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    Do the Right Thing

    Spike Lee

    Pat McCann: “High octane, cranked up, super intense film that squeezes you tight in its grip. Not a single scene is wasted in this bare knuckled slug fest. WAKE UP”

    DVD Spine #97 Learn more »
  • The Red Shoes (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Red Shoes

    Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger

    Pat McCann: “The costumes! The blue felt shirt Boris was wearing in Monte Carlo! And Julian's getup after The Red Shoe's debut performance! First rate picture. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #44 Learn more »
  • On the Waterfront (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    On the Waterfront

    Elia Kazan

    Pat McCann: “I've been watching this film all my life, and it seems like each time I watch it I learn more and it gets better. Only a great film can do that.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #647 Learn more »
  • One-Eyed Jacks (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    One-Eyed Jacks

    Marlon Brando

    Pat McCann: “My Bush 43 era dvd is well past due for an upgrade - having Brando's entire oeuvre in high resolution is a must. Wonderful artwork on the cover too.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #844 Learn more »
  • The Fugitive Kind (Criterion DVD)

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    The Fugitive Kind

    Sidney Lumet

    Pat McCann: “Who else but Brando could pull off the contradiction of a character that is a "retired" guitar player? This is a brilliant film - like Streetcar. ”

    DVD Spine #515 Learn more »
  • The Squid and the Whale (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Squid and the Whale

    Noah Baumbach

    Pat McCann: “Has always been my favorite Baumbach film and am glad to see it getting the "Criterion treatment." I need to upgrade my grainy 2005 print anyhow.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #845 Learn more »
  • Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

    Russ Meyer

    Pat McCann: “Regrettable addition to the collection. Diverting resources away from more worthy films. From the opening minutes it sucks. Waste of a Criterion slot.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #836 Learn more »
  • El Norte (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    El Norte

    Gregory Nava

    Pat McCann: “Authentic and foreboding with a surreal, ethereal undercurrent. The imagery is beautiful, but the stories are what hooked me. I loved this picture. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #458 Learn more »
  • Blood for Dracula (Criterion DVD)

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    Blood for Dracula

    Paul Morrissey

    Pat McCann: “After a prolonged run of me screening junko, painful films, this one brought me back from the abyss. Confidently self aware, no frills film that kills”

    DVD Spine #28 Learn more »
  • Still Walking (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Still Walking

    Hirokazu Kore-eda

    Pat McCann: “I saw this film the last time I was in Japan and really enjoyed it. It's an excellent summer movie and easy to relate to. Thumbs up from this viewer.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #554 Learn more »
  • Eclipse Series 32: Pearls of the Czech New Wave (Eclipse DVD)

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    Eclipse Series 32: Pearls of the Czech New Wave

    Pat McCann: “So little seems artistically justified in Daisies. There's a lot splashed on the screen, but not much lands on target. She needed more room to grow.”

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  • Bigger Than Life (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Bigger Than Life

    Nicholas Ray

    Pat McCann: “I think about this movie a lot, mostly because it takes on so many themes and gives both barrels to much that's wrong with the USA. Masterpiece. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #507 Learn more »
  • Tess (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Tess

    Roman Polanski

    Pat McCann: “This is the real deal. The direction is, of course, masterful, but the screenplay deserves to be singled out and praised. Great, great film. Excellent”

    Blu-Ray Spine #697 Learn more »
  • Every Man for Himself (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Every Man for Himself

    Jean-Luc Godard

    Pat McCann: “Godard kicks open the door to his best decade of filmmaking with this very pleasing picture. The feel of it is unique and genuine. The master returns.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #744 Learn more »
  • The Rose (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Rose

    Mark Rydell

    Pat McCann: “Bette Midler totally gives herself over to this role and commits 100%. I was a complete mess throughout most of this film. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #757 Learn more »
  • The Hit (Criterion DVD)

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    The Hit

    Stephen Frears

    Pat McCann: “The script is written above the level of your run-of-the-mill gangster flick, this is sharp and sly and smart. Great soundtrack too. Thanks, Criterion”

    DVD Spine #469 Learn more »
  • Hunger (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Hunger

    Steve McQueen

    Pat McCann: “This is an extremely brutal, raw, and visceral film. At times difficult to watch, but so compelling that you can't turn away. Masterfully directed. ”

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

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    The Killers

    Pat McCann: “Saw both in an American Lit class in 2006. While I prefer the '46, they're both really very good. Loved seeing Reagan as a bad guy in the '64 version.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #176 Learn more »
  • For All Mankind (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    For All Mankind

    Al Reinert

    Pat McCann: “Mind bending film. It really makes you contemplate the nature of man, existence, and so much else. Great to hear the astronauts speak on that too. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #54 Learn more »
  • Close-up (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Close-up

    Abbas Kiarostami

    Pat McCann: “If you're looking for exposure to Iranian cinema, this is a very good launching pad. Full of ideas and will generate much discussion. Very meta film.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #519 Learn more »
  • Ratcatcher (Criterion DVD)

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    Ratcatcher

    Lynne Ramsay

    Pat McCann: “Inventive, unconventional, withholding. Lynne Ramsay's pictures are their own world altogether. Ratcatcher is a fine example of what she does best.”

    DVD Spine #162 Learn more »
  • Heaven’s Gate (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Heaven’s Gate

    Michael Cimino

    Pat McCann: “Fellow Criterion users, did we see the same film? This is maybe the most perfect picture I've ever encountered. *Incredible* to the max, I was in awe.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #636 Learn more »
  • How to Get Ahead in Advertising (Criterion DVD)

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    How to Get Ahead in Advertising

    Bruce Robinson

    Pat McCann: “Laugh aloud funny with a wonderfully over-the-top performance by the brilliant Richard Grant. He carries this picture on his shoulder, like the boil.”

    DVD Spine #120 Learn more »
  • The Fallen Idol (Criterion DVD)

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    The Fallen Idol

    Carol Reed

    Pat McCann: “Expertly plotted, scripted, and paced. Of course, it's Carol Reed so that's to be expected, but still. Great performances from all involved. Top notch”

    DVD Spine #357 Learn more »
  • Richard III  (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Richard III

    Laurence Olivier

    Pat McCann: “Coolly narrating his own evil, Richard III connives and kills his way to the top, entertaining and bewitching this viewer. Hilarious & excellent film.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #213 Learn more »
  • Fanny and Alexander — The Theatrical Version (Criterion DVD)

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    Fanny and Alexander — The Theatrical Version

    Ingmar Bergman

    Pat McCann: “Very much enjoyed this picture. I think it's a good holiday film to watch with family and friends. There's a magical quality to it. Very, very good.”

    DVD Spine #263 Learn more »
  • In a Lonely Place (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    In a Lonely Place

    Nicholas Ray

    Pat McCann: “You know how sometimes you're aware within the first five minutes of a picture that what you're taking in is brilliant? This is one of those films. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #810 Learn more »
  • Badlands (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Badlands

    Terrence Malick

    Pat McCann: “Blandlands is typical Malick - melodramatic, rigidly overcompensating for it's lack of substance, and devoid of a coherent or believable narrative.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #651 Learn more »
  • Armageddon (Criterion DVD)

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    Armageddon

    Michael Bay

    Pat McCann: “The black eye on Criterion that will never fade. A huge mistake in the entity's infancy that will forever haunt it. Shameful addition and awful film.”

    DVD Spine #40 Learn more »
  • Gomorrah (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Gomorrah

    Matteo Garrone

    Pat McCann: “This is the first movie filmed on location in hell. Even the voices of the actors playing the characters are possessed. I was shocked by the violence.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #493 Learn more »
  • The Friends of Eddie Coyle (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Friends of Eddie Coyle

    Peter Yates

    Pat McCann: “Robert Mitchum is magnificent in this. His costumes alone warrant seeing this. It has such a scuzzy 1970's quality to it - so, so good. Very impressed”

    Blu-Ray Spine #475 Learn more »
  • Rosemary’s Baby (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Rosemary’s Baby

    Roman Polanski

    Pat McCann: “This film is its own bizarre universe. The New York Gothic, the heavy colours, the superficially ordinary fantasy created to mask the supernatural. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #630 Learn more »
  • The Darjeeling Limited (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Darjeeling Limited

    Wes Anderson

    Pat McCann: “This is the best picture Anderson has made. The colors and textures are so vivid. Worth seeing for the photography alone. It has a great lived-in feel”

    Blu-Ray Spine #540 Learn more »
  • Eating Raoul (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Eating Raoul

    Paul Bartel

    Pat McCann: “I enjoyed the hell out of this movie (I think an appropriately worded reaction). The tone is what I especially enjoyed. It has a wonderful comic tone.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #625 Learn more »
  • Fish Tank (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Fish Tank

    Andrea Arnold

    Pat McCann: “Unequivocal masterwork. The writing guides it, naturally, but then the performances take over, and the direction, and the editing, and the casting...”

    Blu-Ray Spine #553 Learn more »
  • Sid & Nancy (Criterion DVD)

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    Sid & Nancy

    Alex Cox

    Pat McCann: “Chloe Webb, in my opinion, totally overshadows the deservedly much praised Oldman performance. Her voice is cranked up to level 10!(unlike Sid's bass)”

    DVD Spine #20 Learn more »
  • Blood Simple (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Blood Simple

    Joel Coen

    Pat McCann: “This is so firmly anchored in its own time and sure of itself in ways first time filmmakers seldom are. This screenplay is just killer. A great movie.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #834 Learn more »
  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (Criterion DVD)

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    Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    Paul Schrader

    Pat McCann: “A highly stylized, very strange film about the unique intersection of art and violence/ poetry and action / fantasy and reality, among other things. ”

    DVD Spine #432 Learn more »
  • Inside Llewyn Davis (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Inside Llewyn Davis

    Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

    Pat McCann: “This is an underrated Coen Bros film. There's a lot offered up in here that I catch myself thinking about from time to time. First rate screenplay.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #794 Learn more »
  • The Rules of the Game (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Rules of the Game

    Jean Renoir

    Pat McCann: “I understand the concept, but the picture itself is a high grade sleeping pill. Becomes less significant to a modern audience with each passing year.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #216 Learn more »
  • All That Jazz (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    All That Jazz

    Bob Fosse

    Pat McCann: “A triumph of a movie. There's something in here for everyone - kids, people who don't know about cinema, devout film fans, ext. Very emotional.”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #724 Learn more »
  • Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

    Rainer Werner Fassbinder

    Pat McCann: “Stagy and overwritten. The 'big reveal' when Ali meets the family-I'm supposed to believe he was hidden while the family arrived and got set in place?”

    Blu-Ray Spine #198 Learn more »