A Dry White Season Criterion Collection Blu-ray

A Dry White Season Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

March 1, 2019
Mathew Plale

It’s 1976, sometime past the middle of apartheid in South Africa. Tensions are constant, concerns great. Such woes, though, don’t matter to those who can sign change....

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Notorious Criterion Collection

Notorious Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

February 27, 2019
Mathew Plale

There is a scene around an hour into NOTORIOUS that remains one of Hitchcock’s finest moments, one of the defining shots of his career, one that perhaps best sums up wh...

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True Stories Criterion

True Stories Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

January 14, 2019
Mathew Plale

The Narrator appears awkwardly, in a black cowboy hat, before a projection screen of images of the past–those of America, those of Texas and those of Virgil, a smal...

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Princess Bride Criterion Blu-ray

The Princess Bride Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

January 4, 2019
Mathew Plale

There are stories of love and stories of adventure, but so few stories of, as our narrator notes, “fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escape...

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My Man Godfrey

My Man Godfrey Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

October 15, 2018
Mathew Plale

It’s The Great Depression, and a quarter of Americans are without jobs and many left without homes. Those who hadn’t suffered great financial loss continued about the...

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Smithereens Criterion

Smithereens Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

August 27, 2018
Mathew Plale

It seems every major genre of music falls victim to the “_____ is dead!” motto. Rock is dead! Disco is dead! Punk, no matter the attitude, couldn’t escape it, no ma...

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Bull Durham Criterion Collection

Bull Durham Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

August 13, 2018
Mathew Plale

No religion matches baseball, and there is no church as holy as that as the church of baseball. Buddha, Allah and Vishnu, after all, could never hit above .250, let alone...

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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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