Festival

Festival Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

October 10, 2017
Mathew Plale

The camera pans across a field of folding chairs, all aimed at a center stage. In a couple of days, dozens of performers will take the stage. In the meantime, there are f...

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David Lynch: The Art Life

David Lynch: The Art Life Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

October 3, 2017
Mathew Plale

David Lynch could be one or many things, depending on the viewpoint. He is a filmmaker. A painter. A musician. A spokesman for Transcendental Meditation. A designer. A st...

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Hopscotch

Hopscotch Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

September 12, 2017
Mathew Plale

At an Oktoberfest celebration in Munich, eyes and ears are everywhere. CIA agent Miles Kendig watches from above, casually whispering and snapping photographs. Once outsi...

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Sid & Nancy

Sid & Nancy Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

September 7, 2017
Mathew Plale

It’s October 12, 1978 at the Chelsea Hotel in New York City. Sid Vicious sits on the bed, sweaty, shirt opened, his trademark padlock chain necklace on. The police want...

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Lost in America

Lost in America Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

August 15, 2017
Mathew Plale

It’s one of the great romantic American concepts: to quit your lousy job, fill up the gas tank and hit the open road, with nothing on the agenda but to find yourself an...

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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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