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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... 

Clouds of Sils Maria: Criterion Collection

June 29, 2016

 Clouds of Sils Maria: Criterion Collection

In international cinema, Juliette Binoche is acting royalty. The veteran actress has worked with the likes of Jean-Luc Godard, Philip Kaufman, Anthony Minghella, and Krzysztof Kieslowski among others. She is a brave actress with an incredible range, which... 

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... 

The Hateful Eight

March 30, 2016

 The Hateful Eight

It’s safe to say that at this point in his career, you know what you’re going to get with a Quentin Tarantino film – lots of incredibly well-written dialogue spouted by a colorful cast of characters who only stop talking when sudden, bloody violence... 

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.... 

Downhill Racer: Criterion Collection

November 24, 2015

 Downhill Racer: Criterion Collection

There are few good sports films that aren’t riddled with clichés and there are even fewer good films about skiing. Downhill Racer (1969) is one of those rare exceptions. Based on Oakley Hill’s 1963 novel, The Downhill Racers, Paramount Pictures optioned... 

Mulholland Drive: Criterion Collection

November 17, 2015

 Mulholland Drive: Criterion Collection

Mulholland Drive (2001) started as a television pilot that did not get picked up by an American network. Instead of just letting it go and moving on to something else, David Lynch reunited his cast and crew for reshoots, filmed new material, which transformed... 

My Beautiful Laundrette: Criterion Collection

July 28, 2015

 My Beautiful Laundrette: Criterion Collection

My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) was one of the first films released by the prolific British film production company Working Title Films whose presence would be felt greatly in the 1990s. It also marked a significant success in the burgeoning careers of... 

The Black Stallion: Criterion Collection

July 27, 2015

 The Black Stallion: Criterion Collection

Based on Walter Farley’s 1941 novel of the same name, The Black Stallion (1979) is beautifully shot art house film for children, which is unthinkable in this day and age of noisy CGI animated movies and dumbed-down live-action fare. This is due in large... 

The Fisher King: Criterion Collection

June 30, 2015

 The Fisher King: Criterion Collection

When Terry Gilliam was offered The Fisher King (1991) he had come from the exhausting experience of making The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988) that saw him clash with one of the film’s meddling producers and resulted in a limited theatrical release.... 

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