The Friends of Eddie Coyle: Criterion Collection

April 27, 2015

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... 

Medium Cool: Criterion Collection

May 30, 2013

Haskell Wexler’s Medium Cool (1969) is a prime example of cinema verite with its fusion of documentary and narrative filmmaking to create an immediacy and authenticity. He is a legendary cinematographer by trade (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, In... 

Walker: Criterion Collection

February 11, 2008

Walker (1987) is an unconventional biopic that effectively burned any remaining bridges Alex Cox had with Hollywood. He took a modest amount of studio money and made a film about William Walker, an opportunistic American who invaded Nicaragua and became... 

Taxi Driver: Collector’s Edition

August 15, 2007

Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver (1976) captures the sense of disillusionment that people felt towards the Vietnam War, racial hatred, and dishonest politicians like Richard Nixon in the 1970’s. His film is an emblematic document of its time and... 

The Twelve Chairs

April 18, 2006

Born in 1926 in Brooklyn, New York, Mel Brooks got his start as a stand-up comedian working the resorts circuit in the Catskills. A few years later, he was working as a television writer on various shows for Sid Caesar alongside future comedy legends,...