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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The Soft Skin

The Soft Skin Criterion Collection Blu-ray review

March 31, 2015
Mathew Plale

Over the opening credits, her hands wrap into and around his. They have the soft skin of the title, and they will prove fateful to his life as a man, husband and father. ...

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Don't Look Now

Don’t Look Now Criterion Collection Blu-ray review

March 29, 2015
Mathew Plale

A young girl, Christine (Sharon Williams), plays outside by herself. Her parents sit inside, her mother reading by the fire and her father flipping through photographs. H...

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My Winnipeg

My Winnipeg Criterion Collection Blu-ray review

February 10, 2015
Mathew Plale

Winnipeg, Winnipeg, wonderful Winnipeg / Hail my town, hail my home / The world that moves round and round / Winnipeg, Winnipeg, wonderful Winnipeg / Where I belong and j...

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The Night Porter

The Night Porter Criterion Collection Blu-ray review

December 28, 2014
Mathew Plale

The porter waits behind the front desk of a Vienna hotel and watches the numerous guests mingle. He reaches for a room key and when he turns around, he catches sight of a...

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Les Blank: Always for Pleasure

Les Blank: Always for Pleasure Criterion Collection Blu-ray review

December 4, 2014
Mathew Plale

The name Les Blank may not immediately be a familiar one, nor is it generally ranked on lists boasting names like Maysles, Morris and Wiseman. But he was one of the key f...

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