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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.... 

Five Easy Pieces: Criterion Collection

June 24, 2015

 Five Easy Pieces: Criterion Collection

Jack Nicholson had one of the best runs of any actor during the 1970s and that’s saying a lot when you consider it was at a time when the likes of Robert De Niro, Gene Hackman and Al Pacino, among others, were doing some of their very best work. Nicholson... 

The Rose: Criterion Collection

June 18, 2015

 The Rose: Criterion Collection

Originally titled Pearl, The Rose (1979) was initially conceived as a biopic about singer Janis Joplin (Pearl was the name of her last album). However, when her family refused the rights to her story, the producers fictionalized Joplin’s life enough... 

The Friends of Eddie Coyle: Criterion Collection

April 27, 2015

 The Friends of Eddie Coyle: Criterion Collection

The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) is one of those forgotten films from the 1970s. It’s a melancholic story of small-time criminals working on the fringes of Boston’s underworld. It’s not exactly the kind of feel-good story that lights up the box... 

Don’t Look Now: Criterion Collection

April 13, 2015

 Don’t Look Now: Criterion Collection

Adapted from the short story of the same name by Daphne du Maurier, Don’t Look Now (1973) took a familiar genre and depicted it in an unusual way, employing several flashbacks and flashforwards as director Nicolas Roeg examined the psychological effects... 

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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