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The Squid and the Whale: Criterion Collection

January 10, 2017

 The Squid and the Whale: Criterion Collection

In writer/director Noah Baumbach’s career there is a demarcation line as represented by The Squid and the Whale (2005). There are the films he did before it that are more conventional romantic comedies that owe a lot of Woody Allen and the ones that... 

Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb: Criterion Collection

July 7, 2016

 Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb: Criterion Collection

With the rather turbulent times in which we live in and the current state of the warring political parties in the United States, Stanley Kubrick’s savage black comedy about nuclear war, Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love... 

The Player: Criterion Collection

May 31, 2016

 The Player: Criterion Collection

The 1980s was a tough decade for Robert Altman. After enjoying so much creative freedom in the 1970s it all came crashing down with Popeye (1980), a big budget adaptation of the comic strip of the same name. It was plagued with production problems and... 

Barcelona: Criterion Collection

May 18, 2016

 Barcelona: Criterion Collection

After the warm reception and modest box office hit of Metropolitan (1990), writer/director Whit Stillman followed it up four years later with Barcelona (1994), which focused on the misadventures of two Americans in Barcelona, Spain. Chicago salesman Ted... 

I Knew Her Well: Criterion Collection

April 25, 2016

 I Knew Her Well: Criterion Collection

Antonio Pietrangeli’s I Knew Her Well (1965) was part of the exciting boom of Italian cinema in the 1960s that reflected a period of economic prosperity where poor farmers found themselves becoming wealthier and more urban. Whereas most of these films... 

Inside Llewyn Davis: Criterion Collection

February 18, 2016

 Inside Llewyn Davis: Criterion Collection

Every time I watch Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), I’m reminded of the Bob Dylan song, “It Ain’t Me, Babe” and how the lyrics pertain to the film’s titular character. Set in 1961, it is the Coen brothers’ bittersweet love letter to folk music.... 

Psycho Beach Party: Blu-Ray

August 20, 2015

 Psycho Beach Party: Blu-Ray

Surf’s up all you hep cats and hep kitties! Psycho Beach Party (2001) is a crazy movie that parodies and celebrates those kitschy beach party movies of the 1960s and sci-fi films of the 1950s. The prelude sets the tone of the movie perfectly. Chicklet... 

Sullivan’s Travels: Criterion Collection

April 21, 2015

 Sullivan’s Travels: Criterion Collection

Sullivan’s Travels (1942) came out of Preston Sturges’ desire to make fun comedies after finding that the genre had become too preachy. He wrote the film with Joel McCrea in mind even though the character he was going to play may have been inspired... 

The Palm Beach Story: Criterion Collection

April 8, 2015

 The Palm Beach Story: Criterion Collection

Fresh from his 1941 hit The Lady Eve, Preston Sturges drew partially from his own life for his next film, The Palm Beach Story (1942). His ex-wife was an heiress that traveled among European aristocracy and was even courted by Prince Jerome Rospigliosi-Gioeni.... 

Tootsie: Criterion Collection

February 24, 2015

 Tootsie: Criterion Collection

When it was released, Tootsie (1982) was a commercial and critical hit that poked fun at the women’s liberation movement as an actor struggled to find roles and out of frustration he began dressing up as a woman in order to get a job. In retrospect,... 

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