Speedy

Speedy Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

March 8, 2016
Mathew Plale

New York City is a city of hustle and bustle, where, as the opening title notes, “everybody is in such a hurry that they take Saturday’s bath on Friday so they can do...

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Downhill Racer

Downhill Racer Criterion Collection Blu-ray review

January 7, 2016
Mathew Plale

The skier stands at the top of the hill, skis strapped to his feet and goggles on his face. From a certain angle, there seems to be no bottom. But he knows there is, and ...

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Ikiru

Ikiru Criterion Collection Blu-ray review

January 2, 2016
Mathew Plale

“I don’t know what I’ve been doing with my life all these years.” Kanji Watanabe (Takashi Shimura, who appeared in the majority of Akira Kurosawa’s works) has l...

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Blind Chance

Blind Chance Criterion Collection Blu-ray review

October 20, 2015
Mathew Plale

We make decisions every day. Some might seem inconsequential, unrelated to anything that follows. We might not even consider them decisions; they are simply things that h...

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The Honeymoon Killers

The Honeymoon Killers Criterion Collection Blu-ray review

October 15, 2015
Mathew Plale

Martha Beck works as a nurse in Mobile, Alabama. At the end of her shift, she walks home, kicking a child’s wheelbarrow out of her path. She’s a miserable, obese woma...

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The Killers

The Killers Criterion Collection Blu-ray review

August 3, 2015
Mathew Plale

THE KILLERS (1946) – 5/5 The men drive into town and enter a small diner. One of them (William Conrad, who would go on to narrate the TV series THE FUGITIVE) announces ...

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The Bridge

The Bridge Criterion Collection Blu-ray review

July 9, 2015
Mathew Plale

Water flows down the river at a rapid pace as rain falls. Then, out of nowhere but likely expected, a bomb drops, disrupting the peace in the water and the town. War is i...

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Limelight

Limelight Criterion Collection Blu-ray review

June 15, 2015
Mathew Plale

In one of the early scenes in LIMELIGHT, former stage clown Calvero, drunk in the afternoon, comes home to his apartment building and smells gas. When he bursts open the ...

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Le silence de la mer

Le silence de la mer Criterion Collection Blu-ray review

May 11, 2015
Mathew Plale

It’s 1941 and the Nazis have taken over France. An older man and his niece watch from the door as two men approach their home. The older man shows the uniformed visitor...

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Sullivan's Travels

Sullivan’s Travels Criterion Collection Blu-ray review

May 4, 2015
Mathew Plale

Before the lights can come up in the screening room, director John L. Sullivan (Joel McCrea, whose previous movie was Alfred Hitchcock’s FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT) is under...

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