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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Safety Last! Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

July 14, 2013
Mathew Plale

Some of the most iconic images of silent comedies come from three of the greats: Buster Keaton narrowly avoiding death by falling house in STEAMBOAT BILL, JR.; Charlie Ch...

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Wild Strawberries Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

June 20, 2013
Mathew Plale

The old man wanders down a street of decrepit houses. The silent clock has no hands. Neither does his pocket watch. His heart beats louder and louder. Then it stops and a...

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Medium Cool Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

June 18, 2013
Mathew Plale

The year of 1968 was a tumultuous one: Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered in Memphis; Robert Kennedy was assassinated in Los Angeles; police incited riots at the Democr...

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