The Squid and the Whale

The Squid and the Whale Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

November 26, 2016
Mathew Plale

In the first scene of THE SQUID AND THE WHALE, the Berkman family plays a game of mixed doubles tennis. It’s more heated than it has to be, and at one point the father ...

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McCabe & Mrs. Miller

McCabe & Mrs. Miller Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

November 14, 2016
Mathew Plale

The man rides on horseback, the blistering wind and rain beating down and across. On the soundtrack, Leonard Cohen tells of a man reaching for the sky just to surrender. ...

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Boyhood

Boyhood Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

November 7, 2016
Mathew Plale

The boy lies on his back in the grass staring at the clouds as they go by. Who knows where they’ll be in an hour. Who knows where the boy will be in twelve years. Mason...

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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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