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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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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