Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

October 11, 2016
Mathew Plale

The Kelly Affair is a hip, swingin’ band just trying to make it big. But playing high school dances won’t do much to introduce the trio to fame, so they have to set t...

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Valley of the Dolls

Valley of the Dolls Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

October 10, 2016
Mathew Plale

Success is a taunting beast, and there may not be a person alive who doesn’t want it, especially if in New York City. The city is a haven for would-bes, hungry and ambi...

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Woman in the Dunes

Woman in the Dunes Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

September 14, 2016
Mathew Plale

The man walks through the desert, up and down thick mounds, leaving a line of footprints behind. His are the only human-made marks on the land. At a point, he stops to ph...

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A Taste of Honey

A Taste of Honey Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

September 6, 2016
Mathew Plale

At school, Jo is lousy at playing ball during recess. In the bathroom afterwards, she says she does it on purpose. A classmate asks if she’ll be going to the dance that...

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The In-Laws

The In-Laws Criterion Collection Blu-ray review

August 16, 2016
Mathew Plale

When a man’s daughter is about to marry another man’s son, it would be customary for the fathers to get to know one another. Maybe it’s with a barbecue or a round o...

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The New World

The New World Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

August 15, 2016
Mathew Plale

Birds chirp, wind blows, water moves. A young woman swims with her tribemates, her long dark hair flowing in the water. Her voice (“Dear mother, you fill the land with ...

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Wim Wenders: The Road Trilogy

Wim Wenders: The Road Trilogy Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

June 27, 2016
Mathew Plale

ALICE IN THE CITIES (1974) Photojournalist Phil Winter (Rüdiger Vogler, who previously worked with director Wim Wenders on 1972’s THE GOAL KEEPER’S FEAR OF THE PENAL...

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Kennedy Films

The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

May 9, 2016
Mathew Plale

While working at Life magazine in the 1950s, photographer Robert Drew began to ponder why documentary films were so stale in style. And then he did something about it. In...

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The Manchurian Candidate

The Manchurian Candidate Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

April 11, 2016
Mathew Plale

“Raymond Shaw is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I’ve ever known in my life.” Just over one percent of those active in the Korean War ...

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The Graduate

The Graduate Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

March 24, 2016
Mathew Plale

“Ben, what are you doing?” “Well, I would say that I’m just drifting.” Benjamin Braddock has just graduated college. He should be celebrating downstairs with hi...

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