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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... 

Being There: Criterion Collection

July 6, 2017

 Being There: Criterion Collection

Released at the end of the 1970s, Hal Ashby’s Being There (1979), an adaptation of Jerzy Kosinski’s novel of the same name, was a last gasp from the idealistic 1960s, a humanistic voice amidst a decade marked by paranoia, fashionable nihilism, and... 

The Before Trilogy: Criterion Collection

April 7, 2017

 The Before Trilogy: Criterion Collection

Few people saw Before Sunrise when it was released in 1995 but those who did really loved it. In its own subtle and unassuming way, Richard Linklater’s film flew in the face of most romantic films at the time. It refused to be dated by obvious, trendy... 

Something Wild: Criterion Collection

March 22, 2017

 Something Wild: Criterion Collection

Founded in 1947, the Actors Studio became known as a mecca for Method actors to hone their craft, producing such famous alumni as James Dean, Paul Newman and Marlon Brando. The 1950s and 1960s saw many Hollywood films populated by these actors and a rare... 

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... 

Blood Simple: Criterion Collection

November 30, 2016

 Blood Simple: Criterion Collection

After the disastrous experience of making Crimewave (1986) with their friend and fellow filmmaker Sam Raimi, the Coen brothers – Joel and Ethan – parted company with him and decided to make a film on their own. They returned to their hometown and... 

Short Cuts: Criterion Collection

November 17, 2016

 Short Cuts: Criterion Collection

After the critical and commercial success of The Player (1992) put Robert Altman back on the map—within the Hollywood industry—he wisely used his new found (and fleeting) cache to get a personal project of his green-lighted. With Short Cuts (1993),... 

Chimes at Midnight: Criterion Collection

November 17, 2016

 Chimes at Midnight: Criterion Collection

For years, Orson Welles wanted to portray Sir John Falstaff, a recurring character in William Shakespeare’s plays. In 1939, Welles had produced a Broadway stage adaptation of nine Shakespeare plays and revived it in 1960. While neither were successful,... 

The New World: Criterion Collection

July 28, 2016

 The New World: Criterion Collection

After completing The Thin Red Line (1998), filmmaker Terrence Malick began working on a film about Che Guevara and his failed revolution in Bolivia (that was eventually made by Steven Soderbergh) but after financing fell through he was offered The New... 

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