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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Fox and His Friends Criterion Collection

Fox and His Friends Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

April 3, 2017
Mathew Plale

Fox is better known to the community as “Fox the Talking Head,” his moniker in the sideshow. It’s a steady gig, although surely not the most ideal atmosphere. In a ...

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His Girl Friday

His Girl Friday Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

March 23, 2017
Mathew Plale

Phones are ringing, people are squawking, doors are swinging, legs are hustling, keys are clacking, ink is moving, cigars are billowing. These are the sights and sounds o...

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Cameraperson

Cameraperson Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

March 6, 2017
Mathew Plale

In Bosnia, an aging sheepherder tends to his flock. In Brooklyn, a boxer mentally prepares for a bout. In Nigeria, a midwife readies her work. In Manhattan, a French phil...

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