Badlands: Criterion Collection

March 21, 2013

Badlands (1973) was an auspicious debut from Terrence Malick. Based loosely on the real-life killing spree of Charles Starkweather and his girlfriend Caril Ann Fugate in 1958, Malick made his film independently and for little money. The end result is... 

Wall Street: 20th Anniversary Edition

September 14, 2007

When Oliver Stone made Wall Street (1987), he was riding high from the commercial and critical success of Platoon (1986). His father, Lou Stone, had been a stockbroker on Wall Street in New York City and this film was a son’s way of paying tribute to... 


April 19, 2007

Bobby (2006) is Emilio Estevez’s comeback from obscurity with an earnest look back at the fateful night Presidential-hopeful Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel on June 4, 1968. Instead of focusing on the man, Estevez creates... 

Apocalypse Now: The Complete Dossier

August 15, 2006

Made only a few years after the Vietnam War ended, Apocalypse Now (1979) was Francis Ford Coppola’s ambitious fusion of Joseph Conrad’s novel Heart of Darkness and the madness of the American experience in that war. Riding high on the success of The... 

The West Wing: The Complete First Season

July 30, 2002

When The West Wing debuted on television it was considered something of a gamble. At the time, the channels were populated with crime shows (Law and Order, NYPD Blue) and medical dramas (E.R., Chicago Hope) and any show with about politics would either...