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The Big Chill: Criterion Collection

July 30, 2014

 The Big Chill: Criterion Collection

It was during the 1980s that the Baby Boomer generation were at the height of their influence and The Big Chill (1983) is often regarded as one of their most identifiable pop cultural touchstones. Using the clout he had acquired for his screenwriting... 

Scanners: Criterion Collection

July 28, 2014

 Scanners: Criterion Collection

For a good part of his career, David Cronenberg has been fascinated by secret societies, be it the New Age-y psychotherapist and his patients in The Brood (1979) or the people addicted to an immersive video game in eXistenZ (1999). With Scanners (1981),... 

Hearts and Minds: Criterion Collection

July 16, 2014

 Hearts and Minds: Criterion Collection

Peter Davis’ powerful, Academy Award-winning documentary Hearts and Minds (1974) was made before the war in Vietnam ended in 1975. Not surprisingly, it became immediately embroiled in controversy as the United States was deeply divided and conflicted... 

A Hard Day’s Night: Criterion Collection

July 10, 2014

 A Hard Day’s Night: Criterion Collection

When A Hard Day’s Night (1964) was released in theaters, the Beatles had already performed on The Ed Sullivan Show and conquered America with their insanely catchy songs. Richard Lester’s irreverent film cemented their reputation as the most popular... 

Picnic at Hanging Rock: Criterion Collection

July 8, 2014

 Picnic at Hanging Rock: Criterion Collection

There is a fascinating air of mystery surrounding Peter Weir’s adaptation of Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) that captivated me when I first saw it many years ago and continues to haunt me. While the story is a simple yet intriguing one its lack of closure... 

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