26 11 / 2012

In this penultimate installment of Criterion Cuts in 2012, I take a look at Cassavetes’ first feature length film: Shadows.
This is one of those rare surprises that isn’t just better than I expected, but managed to brute force its way into my brain and land heavily in the list of favorite movies I’ve ever seen. Which is a bold statement, considering how much the change for cold has sapped my will to watch movies lately.
Check out the article for my full thoughts!

In this penultimate installment of Criterion Cuts in 2012, I take a look at Cassavetes’ first feature length film: Shadows.

This is one of those rare surprises that isn’t just better than I expected, but managed to brute force its way into my brain and land heavily in the list of favorite movies I’ve ever seen. Which is a bold statement, considering how much the change for cold has sapped my will to watch movies lately.

Check out the article for my full thoughts!

30 10 / 2012

My month of Criterion horror ends for another year (or maybe this is the last year? Who knows!) with the complex politics and feminist body horror of Rosemary’s Baby, a movie I feel is pretty genius but easy to overlook by my peer group for being kind of slow and kind of uneventful.
While those things are true, I believe the thematic material of the movie more than makes up for it. So check out my write-up for some thoughts on what exactly makes that movie stand out.

My month of Criterion horror ends for another year (or maybe this is the last year? Who knows!) with the complex politics and feminist body horror of Rosemary’s Baby, a movie I feel is pretty genius but easy to overlook by my peer group for being kind of slow and kind of uneventful.

While those things are true, I believe the thematic material of the movie more than makes up for it. So check out my write-up for some thoughts on what exactly makes that movie stand out.

22 10 / 2012

My month of Criterion horror films continues with Dreyer’s fevered meditation on morality—Vampyr.
This one was the biggest happy surprise of the month, a movie I had no expectations of and ended up loving from top to bottom. So go ahead, give the piece a shot, and then check out the movie.

My month of Criterion horror films continues with Dreyer’s fevered meditation on morality—Vampyr.

This one was the biggest happy surprise of the month, a movie I had no expectations of and ended up loving from top to bottom. So go ahead, give the piece a shot, and then check out the movie.

16 10 / 2012

It’s that time again: the time when Matt shits on a classic film and says “What’s the big deal? Enough with the love, let’s have some truth.”
This time? Diabolique, the 1955 French thriller that supposedly helped inspire Psycho. Unlike that movie, however, this one is a total snooze. Sorry Criterion, just because something’s old and famous doesn’t make it good.
My write-up can be found by clicking this sentence.

It’s that time again: the time when Matt shits on a classic film and says “What’s the big deal? Enough with the love, let’s have some truth.”

This time? Diabolique, the 1955 French thriller that supposedly helped inspire Psycho. Unlike that movie, however, this one is a total snooze. Sorry Criterion, just because something’s old and famous doesn’t make it good.

My write-up can be found by clicking this sentence.

08 10 / 2012

My month of Criterion horror films continues with Guillermo del Toro’s great first feature Cronos. 
This is an incredible first movie, and I’d rank it among del Toro’s best even today. There’s a lot of heart there, and a low key inventiveness that his more broad and ambitious films often struggle to achieve in their lush designs. 
Either way, if you haven’t seen it you owe it to yourself to check it out. It is by far the most accessible movie I watch during this month’s project. 

My month of Criterion horror films continues with Guillermo del Toro’s great first feature Cronos

This is an incredible first movie, and I’d rank it among del Toro’s best even today. There’s a lot of heart there, and a low key inventiveness that his more broad and ambitious films often struggle to achieve in their lush designs. 

Either way, if you haven’t seen it you owe it to yourself to check it out. It is by far the most accessible movie I watch during this month’s project. 

02 10 / 2012

October means horror films, and that means my Criterion series takes a dip into the dark side with five weeks of horror joy for all you fans of screams, thrills, and dread.
The first one? Night of the Hunter. What can I say? It’s a total classic. Check out the full article for some thoughts on why I feel that, and lots of image porn of a truly gorgeous movie.

October means horror films, and that means my Criterion series takes a dip into the dark side with five weeks of horror joy for all you fans of screams, thrills, and dread.

The first one? Night of the Hunter. What can I say? It’s a total classic. Check out the full article for some thoughts on why I feel that, and lots of image porn of a truly gorgeous movie.

24 9 / 2012

My weekly Criterion series covers Wes Anderson’s first big breakout hit: Rushmore.
Writing about Wes Anderson is difficult, because even as a fan I don’t think he does a whole lot that’s different in each movie. So instead of doing a big director project, I’ll just do individual movies as I come to them, and focus on the things that make them stand out to me. 
In Rushmore's case? A focus on Olivia Williams' character and the way Rushmore depicts typical masculine tropes about romance and love in film.
I think it’s good stuff, so please check it out!

My weekly Criterion series covers Wes Anderson’s first big breakout hit: Rushmore.

Writing about Wes Anderson is difficult, because even as a fan I don’t think he does a whole lot that’s different in each movie. So instead of doing a big director project, I’ll just do individual movies as I come to them, and focus on the things that make them stand out to me. 

In Rushmore's case? A focus on Olivia Williams' character and the way Rushmore depicts typical masculine tropes about romance and love in film.

I think it’s good stuff, so please check it out!

18 9 / 2012

Putney Swope is this week’s Criterion film, a movie singular in its beautiful portrayal of race, consumerism, and the general worthlessness of people. That it manages to be hilarious at the same time it’s prophetic is just icing on the insane cake. If you haven’t seen this one, you’re missing out on something truly special.
Take some time, check it out. With tons of videos, this week!

Putney Swope is this week’s Criterion film, a movie singular in its beautiful portrayal of race, consumerism, and the general worthlessness of people. That it manages to be hilarious at the same time it’s prophetic is just icing on the insane cake. If you haven’t seen this one, you’re missing out on something truly special.

Take some time, check it out. With tons of videos, this week!

10 9 / 2012

Today’s Criterion article concerns the amazing Apollo mission documentary: For All Mankind.
Take some time, remember where we’ve gone, and how much further we still have to go even to retrace the steps of prior generations.

Today’s Criterion article concerns the amazing Apollo mission documentary: For All Mankind.

Take some time, remember where we’ve gone, and how much further we still have to go even to retrace the steps of prior generations.

09 9 / 2012

The Criterion series of BBS films ends, sadly, not with a bang but with the pathetic whimper of a movie that simply doesn’t cut it. The last piece concerns Bob Rafelson’s follow up to the equally but differently great Head and Five Easy Pieces—The King of Marvin Gardens. I wish I would say that it’s the triumphant repeat it should be.
Also, some final thoughts on the BBS films as a whole. 

The Criterion series of BBS films ends, sadly, not with a bang but with the pathetic whimper of a movie that simply doesn’t cut it. The last piece concerns Bob Rafelson’s follow up to the equally but differently great Head and Five Easy Pieces—The King of Marvin Gardens. I wish I would say that it’s the triumphant repeat it should be.

Also, some final thoughts on the BBS films as a whole.