Antonio Banderas in Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

September 22, 2014
Mathew Plale

Ricki (Antonio Banderas, in his fifth collaboration with Pedro Almodóvar) sits down with his doctor, who informs him he is ready to rejoin society. “You’re free, Ric...

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Hearts and Minds

Hearts and Minds Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

September 15, 2014
Mathew Plale

“The ultimate victory will depend on the hearts and minds of the people who actually live out there.” – Lyndon B. Johnson It’s normal and peaceful enough: Vietnam...

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Pickpocket Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

August 21, 2014
Mathew Plale

On a notebook, a hand writes as a voiceover explains: “I know those who’ve done these things usually keep quiet, and those who talk haven’t done them. Yet I have do...

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Overlord Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

June 2, 2014
Mathew Plale

Soldiers march. Horses carry troops. Trucks carry heavy artillery. A plane flies overhead. War is at hand and an invasion looms. And the boys under helmets, holding guns ...

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Master of the House Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

May 13, 2014
Mathew Plale

“‘Heroes’ is just the word for the patient wife of the home, the brave mother of the home—she who, behind her loving smile, hides her fatigue, her sorrows, her wo...

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The Great Beauty Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

April 7, 2014
Mathew Plale

“I was destined to be a sensitive type. I was destined to become a writer. I was destined to become Jep Gambardella.” Those words are spoken by—yes—Jep Gambardell...

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Tess Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

March 6, 2014
Mathew Plale

The surname Durbeyfield is strikingly close to d’Uberville in terms of pronunciation. In terms of class, the former belongs to a clan of poor farmers while the latter i...

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Thief Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

January 21, 2014
Mathew Plale

Frank runs both a car dealership and a bar in Chicago. But he’s known better in certain circles as an expert thief. In the opening scene of THIEF, we see just how good ...

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Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion Criterion Blu-ray Review

December 22, 2013
Mathew Plale

Powerful people can get away with a lot more than most. And that’s just what the Police Inspector (as he’s credited) plans to do. His purpose, though, has nothing to ...

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City Lights Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

December 3, 2013
Mathew Plale

There he is, in his bowler hat, baggy pants and oversized shoes, twitching his mustache and twirling his cane. Maybe he’s foiling a brute in the park; or rescuing an or...

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