Bowling For Columbine Criterion Collection

Bowling for Columbine Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

June 26, 2018
Mathew Plale

The essay included with this Criterion Collection release (“By Any Means Necessary” by Eric Hynes) cites a Washington Post study that estimates around 200,000 student...

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The Virgin Suicides

The Virgin Suicides Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

May 29, 2018
Mathew Plale

It’s the mid-1970s, just outside of Detroit, in a suburb of manicured lawns and leashed retrievers, two-story homes and driveway hoops. “Cecilia,” notes one boy, ...

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An Actor's Revenge

An Actor’s Revenge Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

March 9, 2018
Mathew Plale

“I hate these boring plays,” says a character early on. Perhaps what is on the stage may be stale to some in attendance, but what is presented in the audience is much...

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The Hero

The Hero Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

March 8, 2018
Mathew Plale

The actor prepares in front of the mirror, combing his hair to perfection and moving into a well-tailored suit. But he’s not about to step before a camera. He has been ...

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Young Mr. Lincoln

Young Mr. Lincoln Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

January 15, 2018
Mathew Plale

In an early moment in YOUNG MR. LINCOLN, the lanky, high-waisted man of his twenties stands before a small mass of citizens of New Salem, Illinois. Hands in his pocket, h...

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The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

January 9, 2018
Mathew Plale

Saturday, March 24, 1984. Shermer High School, Shermer, Illinois. Seven a.m. Detention. In THE BREAKFAST CLUB, five students–all serving time for one reason or anot...

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General Idi Amin Dada: A Self Portrait

General Idi Amin Dada: A Self Portrait Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

December 26, 2017
Mathew Plale

In the opening moments of the documentary, narration introduces the small country of Uganda, a population of 10 million. Major exports include coffee, cotton and copper. ...

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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

November 27, 2017
Mathew Plale

A snowy television sits by the window, undisturbed until it is smashed to sparks. A girl screams and the screen cuts to black. The next morning, a body, wrapped in plasti...

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The Lure

The Lure Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

November 7, 2017
Mathew Plale

The water, deep and black, moves forward and backward. A man, accompanied by bandmates, plays music on the beach, strumming his guitar and singing to the moon. From the w...

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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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