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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The Vanishing

The Vanishing Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

November 6, 2014
Mathew Plale

“You start with an idea in your head, and you take a step…then a second…” Rex Hofman and his girlfriend Saskia are vacationing in France and traveling by car. She...

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Sundays and Cybele

Sundays and Cybele Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

October 22, 2014
Mathew Plale

In the opening moments of SUNDAYS AND CYBELE, the fighter jet piloted by Pierre flies over war-ravaged territory. Below, the enemy fires shots at the plane. Pierre someho...

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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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