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Documentaries about 4 years ago
“Dig!” is probably my favorite. And yes, I’m a musician so I’m a bit biased with it.
Bunuel Dated? about 4 years ago
I think “The Milky Way” could have been made today, so I would have to say no.
The Matrix about 4 years ago
I think it’s probably my favorite sci-fi film of all time. It’s definitely a movie that just has all of the classic elements in it plus the insane action sequences helped.
Assassination Of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford about 4 years ago
Love this movie, so glad to have it on HD-DVD. Some people find it boring but I was interested the entire way through. The scene at the end where the title of this movie comes true, my God it’s so perfectly built up. The whole time all 3 were in the room and everyone knew what was going on, it was just really intense and I loved it.
Public Enemies about 4 years ago
Looks great, can’t wait until it comes out. I haven’t watched a Michael Mann film that I didn’t like, Miami Vice included.
Hopefully this combined with “The Dark Knight” will make studios give more leniency towards the director doing what he/she wants to do. And hopefully, considering the length of these movies and the success of them, studios won’t be so shy about 2 1/2+ hour movies.
How important is a perfect image quality for cinephiles? about 4 years ago
I love it just for the fact that it is the closest thing to what the filmmakers visualized when they were making it. I wouldn’t say that I only watch blu-ray now but almost all of the new releases I buy I go ahead and pick up on blu-ray, it is always worth it to me. I watched “Domino” the other day on blu-ray and was surprised when I found new things in some of the scenes that I had never noticed before on the DVD copy. Not to mention some of the discs that carry lossless audio, I think that is a good factor as well.
Bergman vs. Godard about 4 years ago
I like them both but I can definitely say that I’m more of a Godard person than a Bergman person.
The Worst Films of 2008 about 4 years ago
“Quantum of Solace” was the shit. Indiana Jones was probably the most disappointing movie of 2008 for me. And yeah, I loved “Funny Games” a whole lot. I can see why people who saw the original might be mad that it’s almost the same movie, but if you look at it as an individual movie all by itself, I think it is quite good.
BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL about 4 years ago
Holy Mountain is the best one since it confronts you with directly with the characters
The Warriors on Criterion about 4 years ago
The Wanderers is a great film and I agree about the Warriors, I love the movie to death but take out those comic book transitions, it severely takes away from the raw feeeling of the movie. I would love to see Criterion put this movie out but its probably still a decent back catalogue seller for the studio, which could make it harder for Criterion to get the rights
Let the Right One In about 4 years ago
Just saw it on blu-ray, thought it was great. love the lighting in it
What Film Are You Most Looking Forward To In 2009? about 4 years ago
QUENTIN'S NEW FILM about 4 years ago
Tarentino is definitely not the most hated on director. Just because a handful of people at the Auteurs doesn’t care for him doesn’t mean that the genral public is against him. On the contrary, I’ve never really met a person who said that they don’t like Tarentino. Anyways, I’m looking forward to this movie especially after hearing about it for so many years when he was writing it. Brad Pitt and co kicking some nazi ass, sounds cool to me
Le Samourai about 4 years ago
Hands down my favorite Criterion film. This movie made me fall in love with French crime movies and instantly I had to learn more about Melville and got the rest of his stuff that has been released on Criterion so far. I love the fact that there is such a coolness to it and that even though they’re killers and gangsters they are very gentlemanly. I think the writing still holds up today, I thought the police procedure scenes were incredibly interesting as well, its hard to take scenes like that and keep the viewer glued. Top all of that off with the amazing soundtrack, man that main theme is menacing! When I’m introducing new people to the Criterion collection I usually pull this one out first. Did anyone else like this movie the first time they saw it as much as me?
LET'S TALK ABOUT BRANDO about 4 years ago
I think he’s a great actor, maybe not the best, but watching “Hearts of Darkness” was great because you get to see him behind the scenese working out his character and making up some of his lines. It helps to show him as he truly is instead of reading about him somewhere.
andrei tarkovsky about 4 years ago
Good question, I’ve been meaning to ask that. I’ve only seen “Solaris” (loved it) and didn’t know which one of his I should pick up next
HITCHCOCK about 4 years ago
I like him a lot but I like director’s more when they put themselves into the movie more. That’s why I like Godard so much, you know it’s his movie when you watch it. But as a master of his craft, Hitchock definitely had filmmaking down pat like the back of his hand.
The Fountain about 4 years ago
I thought “The Fountain” was genius, just like “Requiem for a Dream”. It seems like when I find out people didn’t like either one of the two movies it’s always for the wrong reasons. The big complaint about Requiem was that it was too depressing or a downer and with the Fountain I’ve heard some say they couldn’t keep up with it because it bounced around so much (I’m sure they were expecting some Michael Bay-esque ‘splosions). When I hear reasons like that I just laugh, because those are more observations of the film itself and not why one would think it’s a “bad film”. But all in all I think “The Fountain” will be looked at in a whole different light 20 years from now, believe me. They’ll come around.
Recent Acquisitions. about 4 years ago
Eric Rohmer’s Six Moral Tales
Zack and Miri Make a Porno
Tim and Eric Season 2
Yes, I have a pretty wide range of taste in entertainment
OH MY GOD THAT WAS SO AMAZING I AM SO SPEECHLESS AHHHHHH about 4 years ago
I’ve only seen “Solaris” and from the sound of it, need to add “Stalker” to my list soon
Le Samourai about 4 years ago
Yeah I remember reading about the whole “Godson” thing. I’m sure that was way out of Melville’s control, he doesn’t seem like the type to do something like that. So far it’s still my favorite Melville film. I liked Army of Shadows a lot but it seemed a bit drawn out and lacked the instant punch of Le Samourai that continued on for the whole movie. Honestly, I think my 2nd favorite Melville film would be Le Doulos.
I should also mention how awesome Alain Delon is in this movie. He reminds me of a French version of Steve McQueen. He has decent acting chops but his facial expressions and just overall coolness is something you will never be able to match with a different actor.
Marq – Rewatch the movie but do it on a Saturday evening when its gloomy outside and raining a lot. Then turn off all of the lights and watch the movie (and make sure nobody is there to interupt you)
Movie T-Shirts about 4 years ago
I really wish Criterion would start making their own t-shirts based off of the movies they release. They have such good graphic design artists doing the artwork, it just makes sense to have them take some of those designs and turn them into tshirts. Cha-ching! Win-win for everybody. I would be the first to buy a “Sweet Movie” shirt
Oldboy remake - Good idea or sacrilege about 4 years ago
I am very weary about this. I hope the “Munich”-version of Spielberg comes out to play, and not the Indiana Jones one for this type of material. It better be as raw as Saving Private Ryan. Otherwise, I’m probably going to hate it
Criterion Coming Soon and Discussion about 4 years ago
They need to hurry up and release “My Life to Live” now! Janus just issued a new print and they played it here for about a week in Nashville a month or so ago and I missed it! But when they do this it typically means a DVD release is soon to follow. I remember they did a new print of “Pierrot Le Fou” and played it here in Sept. ‘07 in theaters and released it on DVD in Feb. ’08 so I’m hoping they apply this model to “My Life to Live” and put it out in either July or August. One can only hope. I counted up recently and I think there’s around 10 movies that Godard did just in the 60s alone that have not been put out by Criterion! Hopefully they will catch up quick
Anyways, “The Last Metro” and “400 Blows” on blu-ray are must owns for me. I am looking forward to Oshima on Blu-ray and considering how much I liked “By Brakhage” I’m hoping I get a similar kick out of “Science is Fiction”. I haven’t heard too much about “The Hit” and “Friends of Eddie Coyle” until they were announced for Criterion so I will probably try to watch them first before purchasing them. It all looks good though, but I’m fiending for some more Godard! And Cassavetes, “Love Streams” is practicly crying out for a Criterion release!
CHARACTERS WHO MAKE ME LOVE THEM IN SPITE OF THEIR DEEP HUMAN FLAWS about 4 years ago
Yeah I always hate when people say they didn’t like a movie because the characters were “unlikable” or whatever. My favorite would have to be Daniel Plainview. He’s a bastard but you can’t help but watch everything he does and be entertained.