Adventures in Criterion Vol. 2: Screwball Comedies

Continuing my never-ending quest of diving through all my Criterion movies, this month I decided to tackle a bunch of my screwball comedies. Of course given the enormous magnitude of my collection, I was only able to get through maybe half of my Criterion screwball comedies at best. To be fair, as the high number …

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Directed By Women: Agnès Varda Edition (April 2018)

Agnès Varda is nothing short of a living legend. She will turn ninety next month and has been making films for seven decades which is remarkable considering in those seven decades very little has necessarily changed to make it easier for women directors to have a long career. She is one of the key filmmakers …

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Adventures in Criterion Vol. 1: Crime Movies

Anybody who has had a glimpse of the magnitude of my personal movie collection has long suspected that I have a problem. And they would be right. My collection is enormous thanks to the lethal combinations of my completionist streak, the increasing availability of disposable income, and the general collapse of the home video market. …

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10th Year Anniversary: The Darjeeling Limited

There is a moment halfway through the movie where Francis (Owen Wilson), Jack (Jason Schwartzman), and Peter (Adrien Brody) find themselves in the middle of rural India on a bus. An Indian man stares at them incredulously and asks "What are you doing in this place?" and without skipping a beat Francis answers with utter …

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Back to School: Diabolique

Famously Henri-Georges Clouzot's school-yard chiller Diabolique closes with a placard begging the viewer not to reveal the ending of the movie. Unlike most spoiler warnings, this request is not made because the movie's magic falls apart once the reveals are made. Even on my fourth viewing this film managed to capture my attention and rope …

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