The only forthcoming must-have for me right now is the La Jetee/Sans Soleil upgrade. But then again, is World on a Wire worth a blind buy, or not?
@PiscesRising, I’ve seen World on a Wire twice and absolutely loved it. It’s close to 4 hours long but doesn’t feel like it at all. Imagine a sci-fi story but instead of in space, it’s set in a futuristic version of the 60’s as far as style/sets go. The story in it is really good and was a precursor to both Blade Runner and The Matrix as far as the philosophies and subject matter go.
So for me, yes, I would say it’s worth a blind buy if it sounds like it would appeal to you.
Piscesrising – I will be a voice of dissent about World on a Wire. It’s terrible. The plot twists are obvious and the film is tedious and self-important and shallowly symbolic in the worst way. The best thing about it is the cover, which makes me really wish I actually liked the film so I could buy the poster of it!
Criterion just added a picture to their facebook, but my work computer doesn’t load pictures on facebook for some reason… can somebody post the picture here? One of the comments says Koyaanisqatsi, so I’m freaking out.
EDIT: Oh wait, nvm I can copy the image location!
EDIT AGAIN: Yeah, is that Koyaanisqatsi?? I bet it is!!! I’m pretty sure Criterion is done releasing action movies at this point.
ONE MORE EDIT: Someone on Criterionforum says it’s Michael Mann’s Thief. >:(
could be. It bears a strong resemblance to this scene:
It’s not Koyaanisqatsi.
Dammit, Ben! Anyway, there’s a metalworking scene in Koyaanisqatsi, isn’t there?
Is Thief any good?
It’s supposed to be. We’ll have to wait and see.
I bet all the Criterion employees just dread the day when they have to release cashgrabs like that… or maybe they just stay off Mubi for a couple weeks.
There’s also a Steel Mill in The Deer Hunter. But I don’t know if that means anything.
I wonder if Criterion is ever gonna release A Brighter Summer Day.
Thief is a good movie. No need to be snobby. After Armageddon and The Rock, plus Benjamin Button you’d think that people would know what a cash grab is.
Although I’d love to see Koyaanisqatsi and it’s sequels.
THIEF is a VERY good movie…is anyone seriously kvetching about the possiblity of this getting the Criterion treatment? Eeghad…I think it’s a great idea. It’s surely one of James Caan’s best and the quirky supporting cast can’t be beat (Tuesday Weld, Willie Nelson, Robert Prosky, Dennis Farina, Jim Belushi)
Remember…they’ve released more than one “modern” crime drama in the past…HOMICIDE; THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE; THE HIT; MONA LISA
I missed the part where Thief was a giant box office smash.
I think THIEF was a box office flop…no? Speaking of James Caan…THE GAMBLER is another really good movie that is ripe for some Criterion love. Esteemed director (Karel Riesz), cultish writer (James Toback), and it’s nearly forgotten now.
I’m here to dismiss rumors of Thief. The still is from a Peter Frampton film. Check out some stills here.
Peter Frampton made films??? Haha jk… I know who you meant :)
What’s all this then?
Cash Grab? Thief is worthy of being Criterion. Too many damn snobs on these boards. If a film does not have subititles you all just trash it. You know you can like American films. There are quality filmmakers in the U.S also.
I would think this pic hint above is for Breaking the Waves, but I don’t get the Coney Island reference.
I hope it’s not Requiem for a Dream. Maybe it’s a James Grey flick.
Some preliminary guesses
Harold and Maude (That’s Ruth Gordon on that motorcycle)
Rosemary’s Baby ( Pendant on Ruth Gordan)
Weekend ( Honk Beep! Beep!)
Two of Aronofsky’s films take place on Coney Island soooo……
I really hope that the car on the right side is being “crashed” into. That would be fantastic.
OH! The bike is Qudrophenia.
My sources insist it’s “Old Yeller.”
THis is from a cartoon on Facebook. Other areas in the cartoon seem to reference Godard’s WEEKEND, Y TU MAMA, SAMURAI I II and III, and A NIGHT TO REMEMBER. There’s also a hint to more Archers releases.
Could “Coney Island” suggest Annie Hall?
^ No, it’s going to have a Blu-Ray release in February.
Annie Hall will be released by MGM next month.
p.s. more precisely, on January 24.
I’m with TYLER1 when he suggests Criterion should release A Brighter Summer Day.
Quadrophenia (already on HULU)
Harold & Maude