They Live By Night

They Live By Night Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

July 20, 2017
Mathew Plale

“This boy…and this girl…were never properly introduced to the world we live in…” So goes the opening text of THEY LIVE BY NIGHT, revealed under the aforemen...

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Ugetsu

Ugetsu Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

July 19, 2017
Mathew Plale

It is 16th-century Japan, a time of civil war. Attacks on small villages are unpredictable and inevitable. In one such village lives a small group of families, similar to...

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Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project, No. 2

Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 2 Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

June 26, 2017
Mathew Plale

INSIANG (1976) They are the slums of Manila, where children play and live in the streets, markets blend together, animals roam like residents. It is in a small shanty tha...

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Jeanne Dielman

Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

June 5, 2017
Mathew Plale

She boils water. She drains pasta. She answers the door. She washes herself. She cooks dinner. She dines. She reads letters. She knits. She brushes her hair. She makes th...

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Dheepan

Dheepan Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

May 30, 2017
Mathew Plale

The woman frantically scours the refugee camp. She asks a boy if he has parents, to which he points their way. He asks a man if the girl on his lap is his daughter, which...

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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

May 11, 2017
Mathew Plale

The rain falls overhead and the umbrellas–dozens of them in all shades–glide across the screen. Some seem to move without people underneath, as if guided only...

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Woman of the Year

Woman of the Year Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

May 10, 2017
Mathew Plale

The New York Chronicle publishes several columns and beats. Spread over several floors of a Manhattan building, the reporters tend to stick with their own kind. If there ...

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Buena Vista Social Club

Buena Vista Social Club Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

May 9, 2017
Mathew Plale

“Ah, the Buena Vista Social Club!” It’s a moment of recognition and admiration on the part of the cigar-chomping man. The man, a musician named Compay Segundo, sugg...

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45 Years

45 Years Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

April 12, 2017
Mathew Plale

The older man sits at his breakfast table. He opens the mail as his wife settles in after walking the dog. One envelope holds a letter, written in German. The man, Geoff ...

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Multiple Maniacs

Multiple Maniacs Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

April 11, 2017
Mathew Plale

“Yes, folks, this isn’t any cheap X-rated movie or any fifth-rate porno play; this is the show you want!…Not actors, not paid impostors, but real actual filthy ...

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