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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.... 

Don’t Look Back: Criterion Collection

December 22, 2015

 Don’t Look Back: Criterion Collection

D.A. Pennebaker’s legendary documentary Dont Look Back (1967) chronicles Bob Dylan’s last acoustic music tour in England during the spring of 1965. The filmmaker was allowed complete access to the folk singer both on and off stage and captured it... 

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... 

All That Jazz: Criterion Collection

September 3, 2014

 All That Jazz: Criterion Collection

Legendary choreographer Bob Fosse unfortunately did not get a chance to direct many films, but the ones he did bear his unmistakable stamp, none more so than All That Jazz (1979), which stands as one of the purest expressions of an artist’s creative... 

A Hard Day’s Night: Criterion Collection

July 10, 2014

 A Hard Day’s Night: Criterion Collection

When A Hard Day’s Night (1964) was released in theaters, the Beatles had already performed on The Ed Sullivan Show and conquered America with their insanely catchy songs. Richard Lester’s irreverent film cemented their reputation as the most popular... 

John Mellencamp 1978 – 2012

December 9, 2013

 John Mellencamp 1978 – 2012

“My world is in Indiana and this, here, is what I do for a living. I wish I could do it better sometimes than I do. That’s the same as anybody that cares about their job.” John Mellencamp once said this is an interview he gave to Rolling Stone magazine... 

Nashville: Criterion Collection

December 3, 2013

 Nashville: Criterion Collection

At the time, Nashville (1975) was Robert Altman’s magnum opus, a sprawling tale featuring 24 characters over five days. Not only does he manage to juggle all of these storylines, but is able to seamlessly interconnect them in major or minor ways. The... 

Nashville: The Complete First Season

September 30, 2013

 Nashville: The Complete First Season

Nashville is a television show stacked with pedigree. Created by Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise), this night-time soap chronicles the turbulent lives of two competing country musicians played by Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights) and Hayden Panettiere... 

Pina: Criterion Collection

February 14, 2013

 Pina: Criterion Collection

More than 20 years in the making, Pina (2011) was originally conceived by filmmaker Wim Wenders as a documentary about famous choreographer and dancer Pina Bausch. However, he couldn’t figure out how to translate the artistry and elegance of the performers... 

Magical Mystery Tour

October 17, 2012

 Magical Mystery Tour

By the time The Beatles made Magical Mystery Tour (1967) they had complete creative control over their art. When it came to make their next film, they took Richard Lester’s advice and decided to do it themselves. He had, of course, directed them in... 

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