Tagged with the criterion collection

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, July 2017

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, July 2017


I forgot to post this, so here it is: Paste Magazine’s Criterion Collection Round-Up for July of 2017.  For whatever reason, I thought I’d written about Rome, Open City in the past – and it’s possible that I have, and have merely forgotten – but revisiting it years after first watching it, I found that my appreciation … Continue reading

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, June 2017

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, June 2017


I’m not saying that Baby Driver and They Live by Night are all that closely related; I’m just saying that I saw both in close proximity to one another, and I couldn’t help thinking of their surface similarities, even though they’re ultimately from different families. Regardless, They Live by Night is a highlight from The Criterion Collection’s June … Continue reading

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, May 2017

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, May 2017


Hey! It’s May(‘s Criterion round-up for Paste Magazine)! An Ozu movie written around fart jokes is an Ozu movie well in my wheelhouse, but I did not write about Good Morning; instead I wrote about Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelle, Chantal Akerman’s landmark arthouse film, a three hour opus about a single mom as she … Continue reading

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, April 2017

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, April 2017


Oh, sure: I know what you’re thinking. “It’s May, Annnnnnndyyyyyyyyy! Why are you so late sharing the April Criterion round-up, huuuuuuuh?” Well, I mean, hush. Calm down. It’s okay. You can still read the Paste Magazine Criterion piece for April even though it is no longer April. You should, too, not only because I spend more time … Continue reading

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, March 2017

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, March 2017


What a March over at The Criterion Collection! Obviously any month that includes a Blu-ray release of 45 Years is a month that I will hold in high esteem, but Being There and Multiple Maniacs ain’t too shabby, either. (Being There, as just about every film critic on the planet has likely already noted by now, feels weirdly relevant … Continue reading

Best of Criterion’s Releases, February 2017

Best of Criterion’s Releases, February 2017


Instead of talking about the Oscars, let’s talk about The Criterion Collection’s excellent slate of February releases, including Kirsten Johnson’s Cameraperson, which deserved at least a nomination in the Documentary category (but of course could never have gotten one, because it is not in any way an AMPAS film). For me, it’s all about Mildred Pierce, the … Continue reading

Best of Criterion’s Releases, January 2017

Best of Criterion’s Releases, January 2017


New year, new Criterions! (New month, new Criterions, really, but shut up, indulged me.) January’s slate is, in a word, tight, featuring His Girl Friday and Something Wild. For me, the most important entry of the bunch is Black Girl, and I’m not just saying that because I wrote about it (though maybe a little because I wrote about … Continue reading

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, November 2016

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, November 2016


In this edition of Paste Magazine’s Criterion haul: Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams, that bizarre Marlon Brando Western One-Eyed Jacks, and the Lone Wolf and Cub chanbara series, which is just awesome. (Fun aside: Watch Moana and see if you can spot the way that Lone Wolf and Cub influences its story!).

Review: Dekalog, 2016, dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski

Review: Dekalog, 2016, dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski


Have you seen Dekalog, Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieślowski’s groundbreaking 10 hour television film of biblical design? No? Okay, lemme break it down for you: You should see Dekalog, Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieślowski’s groundbreaking 10 hour television film of biblical design. 10 hours is a lot of hours for sure, but the film is really ten one hour films as … Continue reading

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, June 2016

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, June 2016


You can probably guess, based on the header, that Fantastic Planet is my favorite release from The Criterion Collection’s June slate, but it’s so hard to choose: Everything this month is great, though my compadres at Paste Magazine and I were only able to get through four of them. Just four! That’s a fraction of the slate’s … Continue reading

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, April 2016

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, April 2016


…oh, you didn’t think I forgot about this, did you? April was a busy month for Paste’s intrepid team of Criterion reviewers, so we wound up getting our monthly notes on Criterion’s monthly release slate out a mite later than intended. But if you’re any kind of Criterion obsessive, our collective musings about the April … Continue reading

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, March 2016

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, March 2016


It’s that time again: Criterion time. March’s release slate for the boutique home video label saw quite a few essentials, a’la John Frankenheimer’s The Manchurian Candidate and Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves (which I once wrote about in the greener days of my life as a film critic), as well as a couple of films that have not … Continue reading

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, February 2016

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, February 2016


We’re a bit light this month in the Criterion department, but one of my Paste Magazine compadres and I managed to squeak out blurbs about Antonio Pietrangeli’s I Knew Her Well and Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid. (This leaves a big The Graduate shaped hole in our coverage, but c’est la vie, c’est la vie.) For my own part, The Kid is … Continue reading

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, December 2015

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, December 2015


“Fair warning: You may want to precede your first viewing of Japanese artist-filmmaker crossover wunderkind Takashi Murakami’s Jellyfish Eyes by reading the essay Glen Helfand has penned for Criterion’s Blu-ray release. If you like to walk on the wild side, go right ahead, check out the movie before Helfand, but you’re just increasing the odds that … Continue reading