SLACKER Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

     February 6, 2015

Eschewing traditional plot in a non-documentary feature film is a challenging proposition, one that more often than not results in failure.  Plot is such a primary and, for the audience, enveloping element of most movies that to succeed without it …

FANNY AND ALEXANDER Criterion Blu-ray Review

     February 6, 2015

Ingmar Bergman is one of the most respected names in cinema, which comes with a price. When in The Seventh Seal he had a knight and the embodiment of death play a chess game, he unfortunately crystallized what Americans feared …

BROADCAST NEWS Criterion Blu-ray Review

     February 6, 2015

Watching Broadcast News twenty years after release it’s interesting to note that the film hasn’t been vaulted into the category of films like Network or A Face in the Crowd for being a prophetic film about what’s happened to journalism. …

ARMY OF SHADOWS Criterion Blu-ray Review

     February 6, 2015

With the avowed love from filmmakers like Johnnie To, John Woo, Paul Thomas Anderson and Quentin Tarantino, the work of Jean-Pierre Melville went from being curiosities to masterpieces. But such is what happens when a great artist’s works are rarely …

BREATHLESS Criterion Blu-ray Review

     February 6, 2015

Jean-Luc Godard’s new wave masterpiece Breathless is posture as statement. Posture as ideology. Conceived as a low-budget crime story, it hems closely to the structure of a criminal on the lam with a femme fatale at his side, and the …

CRUMB Criterion Blu-ray Review

     February 6, 2015

Robert Crumb starts the documentary Crumb by describing the works he’s most famous for, the first being the slogan “Keep on Truckin’” which he doesn’t understand why it caught on and it got him in trouble with the IRS. The …

THE SECRET OF THE GRAIN Criterion Blu-ray Review

     February 6, 2015

Just like the belly-dancer who performs in its climactic scene, The Secret of the Grain is a film padded with fat.  The dancer unashamedly jiggles her ample midriff and writer/director Abdellatif Kechiche unapologetically fleshes out his bare-bones plot to a …

MYSTERY TRAIN Criterion Blu-ray Review

     February 6, 2015

Jim Jarmusch will always be cool. Though his films may no longer have the cultural prominence – as he is no longer one of preeminent voices in independent cinema – Jarmusch was the guy who brought hip to indie cinema. …