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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John Cassavetes: Five Films Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

November 17, 2013
Mathew Plale

SHADOWS (1959) – 10/10 With his 1959 debut, SHADOWS, New York native John Cassavetes established himself as one of the key figures in independent cinema. Funded entirel...

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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

October 8, 2013
Mathew Plale

It’s the Cold War. East and West Germany are divided by the Berlin Wall. Paranoia lurks in every shadow. Spies are kept busy. British agent Alec Leamas (Richard Burton,...

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To Be or Not to Be: The Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

September 3, 2013
Mathew Plale

It’s 1939 in Warsaw and Europe is still in a time of peace. Lubinski, Kubinski, Lominski, and Rozanski & Poznanski are in business and flourishing. On a peculiar af...

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The Ice Storm Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

August 12, 2013
Mathew Plale

The year of 1973 was a revolutionary one. Richard Nixon was declaring he was not a crook on national television. Johnny Carson, Truman Capote and Barbara Walters were lin...

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