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Lost in America: Criterion Collection

September 9, 2017

 Lost in America: Criterion Collection

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

 Good Morning: Criterion Collection

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: Criterion Collection

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: Criterion Collection

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... 

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown: Criterion Collection

March 23, 2017

 Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown: Criterion Collection

Pedro Almodovar’s Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988) reflected a new chapter of Spanish culture, freed from tyranny and now under democratic leadership, which ushered in a new, vibrant youth culture where everything was permitted with... 

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... 

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