Posts Tagged ‘criterion collection’

Armageddon

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #40: Michael Bay’s Armageddon. Despite the laughable fact that this movie is included in the Criterion Collection; and the almost certain financial & business-tactical reasons for its inclusion, I’m going to try to review this film in good faith. This Michael Bay blockbuster came out in 1998, and […]

Branded to Kill

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #38: Seijun Suzuki’s Branded to Kill. Watching a Japanese B-movie was a great way to get back into the swing of Criterion reviews. This is the first Seijun Suzuki film I’ve seen, but it reminded me very much of Samuel Fuller, and it is even a […]

Lord of the Flies

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #43: Peter Brook’s Lord of the Flies. It is tough getting children to act well; just ask anyone who’s ever had to get children to act well. A vast majority of the cast in Lord of the Flies couldn’t act their way out of a wet paper […]

Dead Ringers

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #21: David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers. Dead Ringers is based on a true story about identical twin gynecologist drug addicts; both played by Jeremy Irons. The film is a psychological thriller deeply concerned with obsession, sexuality and co-dependence. Cronenberg doesn’t overdo the shots that contain both Mantle […]

The Silence of the Lambs

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #13: Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs. “Nothing is so frightening as what’s behind the closed door. The audience holds its breath along with the protagonist as she/he (more often she) approaches that door…” Stephen King in Danse Macabre and before that Val Lewton The […]