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The Complete Monterey Pop Festival: Criterion Collection

April 4, 2018

The three concerts that defined the 1960s were Monterey Pop, Woodstock and the Rolling Stones at Altamont. The first one kicked off the Summer of Love in 1967, the second one defined the Hippie movement and the last one ended the hopeful decade on a dark,... 

The Breakfast Club: Criterion Collection

April 4, 2018

John Hughes’ movies were a cultural touchstone for an entire generation of young people in the 1980s. With Sixteen Candles (1984), Pretty in Pink (1986), and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), he had an uncanny ability to tap into how teenagers felt... 

Personal Shopper: Criterion Collection

March 6, 2018

Since starring in the popular Twilight movies, Kristen Stewart has used the clout and financial freedom she got from them to work on smaller, more creatively rewarding projects like On the Road (2012) and Certain Women (2016) where she didn’t have the... 

Le Samourai: Criterion Collection

March 6, 2018

Le Samourai (1967) begins with no dialogue for several minutes as director Jean-Pierre Melville expertly conveys everything we need to know visually. He shows professional hitman Jef Costello (Delon) getting ready for a job. It is the kind of introduction... 

Certain Women: Criterion Collection

March 6, 2018

Kelly Reichardt is a highly regarded filmmaker known for her quietly understated, slice of life dramas like Wendy and Lucy (2008) and Meek’s Cutoff (2010). Her latest film is Certain Women (2016), an adaptation of three short stories by Maile Meloy,... 

Sid and Nancy: Criterion Collection

September 9, 2017

Amidst the chaos and confusion of the British punk rock scene in the late 1970s, the Sex Pistols emerged as the most notorious band to come out of that period. It seems like they couldn’t make a move without courting controversy. The band dynamic was... 

Lost in America: Criterion Collection

September 9, 2017

If The Big Chill (1983) was the Baby Boomers at the height of their self-importance, then Albert Brooks’ Lost in America (1985) is its antithesis, a sly satire of the generation. The Boomers came of age in the 1960s and by the 1980s many had sold out... 

Good Morning: Criterion Collection

July 31, 2017

From its whimsical score playing over the opening credits, Good Morning (1959) establishes a playful tone – something that was atypical of the work of Japanese filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu, known mostly for serious dramas like Tokyo Story (1953). Yet to dismiss... 

Tampopo: Criterion Collection

July 20, 2017

Tampopo (1985) is a playful yet sincere ode to the art of making and enjoying ramen noodles. Early on, the film schools us as an older, sensei type instructs his young protégé how to appreciate and savor the meal. One dark and stormy night, a hungry... 

Woman of the Year: Criterion Collection

July 6, 2017

Woman of the Year (1942) marked the first on-screen pairing of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Sparks flew both on and off screen in this memorable romantic comedy and they would go on to make eight more films together, eventually regarded in film... 

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