“Robinson Crusoe on Mars” was unnecessary. It’s badly dated, trite, imperialistic, boring.
Chasing Amy..I saw it yesterday at four in the morning. I just didn’t like it. at all.
Idea for new thread : MOST DISTURBING POST TO DATE
" I don’t know why but I was never able to get through “The Bank Dick”. Not sure if that makes it unworthy or not but thats all I can recall"
Please for God’s sake give this movie another try.
I mean no disrespect but that really hurt down deep
Now Andy, what is wrong with Videodrome? What is the DVD, or did you not enjoy the film?
The film was just downright terrific.
Let’s hope both Andy’s can meet halfway.
Silla, I kinda find find your idea of MOST DISTURBING POST TO DATE amusing. I never said I hated the film, I just never got through it. Maybe I was tired that day I took it out from the library, I’ll be sure to give it another try.
and yeah, I won’t go on about the Micheal Bay ‘movies’…they are not films.
I will defend The Rock, but not Armageddon. Maybe someone out there knows more about the history of Criterion than I do, but as I recall The Rock was a wildly popular action film released on DVD in the earlier days of the medium’s entry into home theaters. Ever go to a boutique home theater outfit (or even a big-box) and have them pop on some Ozu or Godard? My first time they put on Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Anyway, the package is chock full of special features at a time when they were putting out discs with just trailer and maybe commentary. To see if the special feature model would work, they had to make movies that people would buy no?
On top of all that, I love The Rock, though I continue to loathe Michael Bay. It is full of some really great action, wonderful performances from Ed Harris and Sean Connerey, a somewhat subversive plot (government vs. spy vs. patriot) and lines of dialogue that stick with you (Carla was the prom queen). In short, what’s not to like? This disc is significantly better than the original The Rock DVD, and the features on it are really top notch for a film. Their programmers, as usual, manage to cull the most interesting bits of the filmmaking process even from the worst directors.
I found “Fishing With John” to be not funny at all. Not even a little bit.
I haven’t come across any that I don’t like so far, but it seems like a ton of people don’t like The Rock. Honestly, I thought it was a pretty good movie. I really enjoyed watching it the first time, and I’ve seen it many times since then. Just a fun movie.
robocop and the rock! no question.
I might be alone on this, but I’m still trying to figure out why “The Honeymoon Killers” is in the collection. I know they try to do cult classics, but this definitely isn’t “Carnival of Souls” or even “Equinox.” I thought it was just plain awful (and pretty boring, too).
Aside from that, what about “Straw Dogs” or “The Night Porter”? I thought both films have interesting ideas behind them, but just really poor execution to the point where they become laughable (I’m probably alone on this, too, especially with all the Peckinpah fans).
I love Chasing Amy. I don’t understand why anyone wouldn’t want it on Criterion as the commentary track has possibly the greatest line on any commentary ever.
If you don’t get the joke, the “Fuck DVD” statement was made because Criterion originally did Chasing Amy in Laserdisc.
One person said “Kicking and Screaming” and another person said “Chasing Amy” — Couldn’t disagree more. Baumbach for my money hit a home run with his debut feature film and I will be the first to admit, failed to follow up with his next two films. But gained immense redemption with “The Squid & the Whale” — And as far as Kevin Smith is concerned, “Chasing Amy” is an all time classic piece of cinema! If I wore a hat, it would be off to these two gentlemen.
I’ll probably get some crap for this, but I wasn’t a big fan of “The Furies”. Great DVD release and all, but I found the film rather uninspired and uninteresting.
I may have to write up a defense for “The Rock” one of these days because I think it is a great film. Legitimately great, not just mindless entertainment. However, I will have to rewatch it before I do because maybe my 17 year old self isn’t quite the same judge.
The worst criterion release i’ve seen by far is Atomic Submarine. Even as a historical document it isn’t even worth watching.
Come on, Robocop is fantastic! Great satire, hilariously over the top, and the best Miguel Ferrer performance yet.
And F for Fake? Really? I love the balls off that film, it’s possibly the most self-indulgent Welles production, and has some of the most inspired editing in film history. But I understand, parts are slow and repetitive.
I really didn’t care for Milos Forman’s Love of a Blonde. It just didn’t go anywhere.
Band of Outsiders bores me to tears.
Vengeance is Mine doesn’t live up to the title.
I’m so sad that so many people are hating on Robocop.
What is wrong with the inclusion of a few American blockbusters in the Criterion catalogue. The Rock package is pretty nice and it is a pretty good example of a genre at least worthy of debate.
I think there are a lot of Criterion releases that have decent transfers, but really skimp on the extras. Yi Yi is one of my favorites that comes to mind. A lot of classic older releases are looking dated in terms of both quality control and supplements
I would like to jump in on the defence of Robocop as well
Chasing Amy is on the list, but not Clerks? Poor form, CC
Also on the pro-Robocop side, for these reasons:
1. shooting criminal scum in the cock
2. “I’d buy that for a dollar!”
3. shooting people until they fall apart
4. drug house shootout
5. toxic-waste fucking that one guy up nasty, then watching him explode on the hood of a car
6. the amount of tears shed when the cops riddle murphy with bullets in the parking lot
7. the fake commercials
8. ed209 malfunctioning on that poor bastard in the conference room
9. awesome shiny title credit
10. the POV scene when he’s first born (“you’re gonna b a bad motherfucker”)
and 11. for good luck, “and a car with really shitty gas milage!”
Defend against that sirs.
I watched Jubilee recently, and it bored the hell outta me.
The old Salo. I’m aware that the new one has more stuff, but it perpetually says “short/long/very long wait” next to it on my Netflix queue.
Um, hello: Robocop is brilliant, by any measure. Worst Criterion is probably The Rock. Worst extra: P.T. Anderson’s intro to The Earrings of Madame D. — completely banal and has no place next to such a masterpiece — Anderson to Ophuls is like KFC next to foie gras.
Sadly, American films seem to be disproportionately represented among Criterion’s worst releases.
I’m surprised no one has said Carnival of Souls. Not only is it quite boring, but the movie is public domain and available in any $5 Wal-mart bin and they expect me to pay $40.
Jubilee, I owned it for two years and each time I turned it on, (maybe three times) it was turned off. I can not get passed its royalty in the future concept (or whatever it was). I like Carnival of Souls myself. But yeah I always wondered what the Rock, and Armageddon were doing on Criterion (as well as Wes Anderson movies).
Honeymoon Killers is one of my favorites, nothing wrong with that movie to me.
Robocop is way awesome, way!
Contempt by Godard. There I said it.
I thought La Ronde was extraordinarily disappointing, so much so that my interest in the other Ophuls films has almost disappeared.
Jubilee is one of my least favorite Jarman films… I think The Garden, which is his only feature that’s still unavailable in the US, would have been better suited.
The Night Porter
Coup de torchon
Night on Earth
Les Enfants terribles (don’t shoot me Melville-lovers)
I Am Curious: Yellow and Blue
The Ice Storm
Sawdust and Tinsel (this isn’t a bad film, but I was pretty disappointed to hear Criterion was releasing this when there are a number of Bergman films still MIA)
Traffic?? I think Traffic is the best modern American release through Criterion. My vote for worst (and I’m suprised to be the first to say it) Sweet Movie—definitely Sweet Movie. I’m sure when studied this opinion changes for many but I can’t even watch it enough for analysis.
David Cronenberg is a great director. I have always enjoyed his films. Definitely goes beyond the horror film mould. There are two films that come to mind when I think of films that should not be in the collection. Those two are Blast Of Silence, and Honeymoon Killers. They really did nothing for me. The acting in Blast Of Silence was terrible, and the movie seemed to go nowhere. Honeymoon Killers I just thought was way too plain, and uninteresting.