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    Let's Get Criterion!

    Hey look my first thread here wink wink. Anyways I'm going through my all Criterions, starting with my large backlog of unseen ones. Some are going to be second or in the case of a certain horror favorite, a 6 or 7th time viewing. List so far:

    The Phantom Carriage (1920)
    I Married a Witch (1942)
    Design For Living (1933)
    The Awful Truth (1937)
    Rules of the Game (1939)
    Foreign Correspondent (1940)
    Detour (1945, 2nd viewing)
    Black Narcissus (1947)
    A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
    Panique (1946)
    Odd Man Out (1947)
    Red River (1948)
    Night and the City (1950)
    Kiss Me Deadly (1955. 2nd viewing)
    Forty Guns (1957)
    Eyes Without a Face (1959, 2nd viewing)
    Black Orpheus (1959)
    Purple Noon (1960)
    Il Sorpasso (1962)
    Carnival of Souls (1962, 2nd viewing)
    Sanjuro (1962)
    The Exterminating Angel (1962)
    The Executioner (1963)
    The Naked Kiss (1964)
    Three Outlaw Samauri (1964)
    Chimes At Midnight (1965, 2nd viewing)
    Cul-De-Sac (1966)
    The Shooting (1966)
    Ride The Whirlwind (1966)
    Le Samourai (1967, 2nd viewing)
    Branded To Kill (1967)
    Don't Look Back (1967)
    Weekend (1967)
    Night of the Living Dead (1968, 7th viewing? 8th?)
    Montery Pop (1968)
    Memories of Underdevelopement (1968)
    Medium Cool (1969)
    Midnight Cowboy (1969)
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    The Criterion Collection continues to amaze me in whenever I take a look at a set at a store or someone else's collection, I notice something new that I didn't know was a part of the collection, and deem it a must see.

    In your case, it's The Phantom Carriage.

    Looking forward to your thread.

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    Quote Quoting Ezee E (view post)
    The Criterion Collection continues to amaze me in whenever I take a look at a set at a store or someone else's collection, I notice something new that I didn't know was a part of the collection, and deem it a must see.

    In your case, it's The Phantom Carriage.

    Looking forward to your thread.
    I bought that one ages ago and so I only own it on DVD. And yes I will get to reviews although I'm already behind. It's so much easier to just watch the movies and not review them.
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    Last one I bought was 'Come and See', which for some reason was a USA-bought Criterion that was also playable in Europe. Since a few years they do release some of their movies in territories outside of North America which is great. Regrettably not all. Would love to buy Silence of the Lambs, The Great Escape, the Bruce Lee Box (Way of the Dragon looks smashing, but so do others!) and Days of Heaven. I'm actually thinking of buying a new UHD player. The Panasonics for instance have a remote trick that allows you to circumvent the region lock with most blu-rays.

    As for writing reviews, I know the feeling. Every time I sit down to transfer my thoughts to 'paper', it's just like I don't know how to phrase my thoughts. Maybe I try too hard, also wondering why bother? It's not like it's my profession.

    Anyway, I'll check the thread.
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    I'm very close to opening up the Tote from my move that has my collection in it.

    It's going to be like opening up a time capsule.

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    Quote Quoting Dukefrukem (view post)
    I'm very close to opening up the Tote from my move that has my collection in it.

    It's going to be like opening up a time capsule.
    I basically did the same and pulled the Criterion movies out, leaving my other DVDs inside. I haven't watched majority of the special features, so as I go through the movies here and there, I'll do that.

    The Criterion Subscription service would be awesome if it worked on PS4. It's definitely curated well for the film buff. However, with HBO Max having a good amount of those, I'm hitting that at the moment.

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    50% off sale at Barnes & Noble going on btw.

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    50% off sale at Barnes & Noble going on btw.
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    Amazon is matching the discounts.

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    I have zero interest in the Criterion Channel because it will just be another streaming service I end up paying for that I don't use enough. And I like owning the movies.
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    The Phantom Carriage (1920)



    The hues of the ancient silent screen prints for The Phantom Carriage are mostly blue and yellow, and it works for this movie. I liked how it is a drama rooted in the fantastic, working as a bleak tragedy that shows a man in desperate need of a course correction. He neglects his family and laughs at the notion of goodness, until he ends up faced with a most dire situation. I am reminded a bit of A Christmas Carol with the ghosts coming to tell Scourge to change his ways, however this take is more horror movie related to a point.

    I loved the practical special effects showing death's ride, a ghastly thing powered by skeleton horses and driven by a person cursed to serve. There is also a scene that clearly inspired The Shining's infamous axe moment, and the film is centered in a clear sense of morality. A poor woman cares only to save a man's soul, even as she fades away. Another woman lingers for her husband to be a better person, knowing that he may never achieve it. Oh and the jailhouse scene is a harsh wake up call that unfortunately only takes on its intended target for so long.

    This film took me a while to get through, since it is a silent film and I am used to sound. However The Phantom Carriage is marvelous, a well constructed movie that clearly has been the basis for other, equally great, works. Also I was surprised that the movie got away with a suicide scene, although I guess 1920s Europe was much different than America.
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    Nice review MadMan. Gives me more reason to want to see it.

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    Quote Quoting Ezee E (view post)
    Nice review MadMan. Gives me more reason to want to see it.
    You should. I'm sure it inspired a lot more movies than I can think of.
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    He felt his choice of jobs
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    He could have been a doctor
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    I Married a Witch (1942)



    I had a crush on Veronica Lake before I saw this movie, all thanks to This Gun For Hire. She is much better in I Married a Witch, as she is front and center and runs the show. Fredric March is the descendant of the people who burned her and her father at the stake, nevermind that the Salem Witches were hanged instead. Magically reborn, she seeks revenge yet makes the classic romantic comedy mistake of falling in love.

    This movie is based strongly on wit, classy jokes and a good amount of silly moments that are delightful. The movie does coast a lot on its good charm, yet that was enough for me. Lake and March have solid chemistry together and I was left satisfied and with the feeling that I Married a Witch will grow on me during a second viewing. Perhaps even during a third. They still make movies like this, sure, however it is not quite the same.
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    He could have been a doctor
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    Design for Living



    So this where Putting On The Ritz got the line about Gary Cooper, who in this film is not a stoic hero but is instead a lovable cad involved in a three way affair with Fredric March and Miriam Hopkins. She becomes their muse and also the source of trouble between the two of them in a delightful comedy of manners that is elegant and about going from struggling artist to successful upper class. However as they say you can take the troublemakers out of of trouble, yet you can't take the trouble out of the troublemakers. Something like that, I guess.

    Ernst Lubitsch created a modern sensibility in the 1930s and Wes Anderson basically copied his shtick. This is my kind of romantic comedy movie, and while it is largely fluff the trio of Cooper, March and Hopkins plus the snappy one liners elevates some of the more thin material. I will most likely see Design for Living again later, perhaps on a gloomy day when I need a fine pick me up. The Blu-ray looks fantastic and as I may have noted before it's the really old films that benefit the most from these restorations.
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    He could have been a doctor
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    The Awful Truth (1937)



    Carry Grant and Irene Dunne are a married couple on the outs in the fun and savvy romantic comedy The Awful Truth. The pair goes their separate ways since they can't trust one another, yet neither one can help interfering with each other's love life. Particularly Dunne potentially getting hitched to Ralph Bellamy, who I know mostly from westerns and Trading Places, and who has good comedic timing. He even comes across as likable in this film, despite not being a good match for Dunne.

    My major complaint is I wanted a different ending than the movie could give me. I did really like The Awful Truth a lot as both Grant and Dunne had fabulous chemistry together and really felt like a married couple who argue, fight, and act really jealous toward one another. Grant always made acting look easy, and Dunne has a knack for comedy that not all actresses or actors possess. I am glad I got this on Blu-ray as it makes the black and white cinematography look sharper and more focused.
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    He felt his choice of jobs
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    He could have been a doctor
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    The Rules of the Game (1939)



    Finally years later I watched Jean Renoir's classic film The Rules of the Game, which included Renoir discussing how much people hated the movie back in 1939. I would love to make a film that makes people angry enough to threaten burning down the theater showing the movie, or one that caused the government to try and ban it for "Corrupting the youth." Ah that old charge, what a load of crap. Renoir gives us a movie that is not afraid to take aim at everyone involved, rich and poor, servant and master, all mixed up in their own little schemes. To them life is indeed a game, one you must play to win. Obey the rules and everything's ok. Don't...and well....ask André Jurieux how that works out.

    Also for a foreign language movie made in the 1930s it easily grabbed my attention and never let go. Nora Gregor is captivating as Christine, the woman who is responsible for a lot of the trouble that occurs in the film. The bird shoot scene is a pretty obvious metaphor, however it sticks out in my mind because it is a good metaphor. Also Gregor does some fine acting during that part, holding court over a group of others and showing why more than one man is obsessed with her. Which in fact several of them are, hence the trouble that follows.

    I didn't mind that Renoir inserted himself into the film, as he comes off as sympathetic and conniving later on. I clearly will need to watch this film again, as further subtle details will perhaps emerge. In any case this movie gets my highest regard, and I'm glad I own it. The French sure know how to make a picture.
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    He could have been a doctor
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    Foreign Correspondent (1940)



    As much as I enjoy the James Bond series Alfred Hitchcock and others were making those types of movies ages before that series ever was created. Foreign Correspondent is a good example and is a fine thriller/drama with elements of comedy and a good dose of pro war propaganda as well. Joel McCrea is pretty likable and has a solid rapport with Laraine Day while George Sanders mostly steals the movie by being his usual charismatic self. The tower scene is a nice example of Hitchcock suspense, particularly since it is based in that uneasy feeling of doom that he loved to deploy in so many movies.

    Unlike some of his other, more complex films this one is pretty straightforward, which is fine to me. I'm not sure it needed to be two hours yet the car chase part followed by the windmill scene is fantastic and remains the heart of the movie. Chalk it up to Hitchcock to make geopolitics from the 1940s seem more exciting than they probably were before Europe exploded into war.
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    Detour (1945)



    These days I'm finding second or multiple viewings to be more worthwhile. I had not seen Detour in years since I used to have TCM, and it was long overdue for a rewatch. The Blu-ray restoration looks fantastic and brings to the front certain details I missed years ago. Plus I now have a better understanding and appreciation of film noir than I did back then, although I did like this film on it's first viewing. I love it more now, particularly since it helped inspire David Lynch and others. Plus the film has this eerie, gloomy nightmare feel that veers into the fatalistic. I did review this movie on my old blog, which I still have a link to bookmarked on my phone.

    Tom Neal is Al, a down on his luck American hitchhiking across America to see his beloved. Naturally he ends up getting sucked into a world of petty crime, lies and death that he may or may not be responsible for. I am of the opinion that Al is lying through his teeth, yet perhaps the sad sack is telling the truth. He doesn't have to convince the viewer, although he will most certainly try. I bet he regrets picking up Ann Savage's cruel hearted, greedy Vera, one of the best femme fatales to ever occupy the silver screen.

    Despite being obviously low budget, this film left a good impact on me this time. I wish the ending had been different, yet it is the victim of the censorship board that wouldn't allow anything else. I prefer to think of the ending as the finale to a nightmare that Al never seems to wake up from, and it reminds me of Lynch yet also makes me think of certain horror films as well. I may be watching this film again sooner rather than later.
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    He could have been a doctor
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    Black Narcissus (1947)



    This is one of the most erotic movies I have ever seen. Black Narcissus is one of the early nun movies, and it features a group of people who end up losing their sanity in an unforgiving part of the world. The movie chooses to focus in particular on two nuns: Sister Clodagh (the always marvelous Deborah Kerr) and Kathleen Byron as Sister Ruth, who ends up in the grip of obsession leading to madness. Standing in between them is Mr. Dean, who is both helpful and makes Ruth's problems worse. David Farrar plays that part very well, and I liked how this movie is the opposite of so many others: the women are front and center and form most of the cast.

    One of my favorite things about this movie is the stunning use of matte painting, which gives the viewer the wonderful illusion that the movie is being shot on location and not on a stage in England. Clodagh's flashback scenes are also quite vivid, expressing wistful feelings of longing for times gone bye, passing into memory. I'm not sure if the final scene reflects Britain leaving India like some think, although certainly one could make the case for it considering the movie was made in 1947 and displays some imperialistic aspects.

    Although not as good as some of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger other efforts, I did love this movie and find it be very engaging and watchable. Jack Cardiff is a cinematography wizard and I could look at his work all day long. The vibrant colors only highlight certain scenes, however it is the part where Ruth fully loses her last bit of sanity that is the most memorable simply because it would be at home in a good horror movie. Bryon has the eyes for it, and she almost steals the movie from Kerr. Not an easy feat, that's for sure.
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    A Matter of Life and Death (1946)



    Shot in both stunning color and black and white, A Matter of Life and Death is a one of a kind movie. I think a double bill of it and The Wizard of Oz would be perfect, especially since both veer from black and white to color all so well and are rooted in fantasy. In the case of A Matter of Life and Death an unlucky fellow named Peter has to jump out of a burning aircraft without a parachute. Due to a French angel known as Conducter 71 missing him in the fog, he miraculously survives and falls in love with June, the radio operator he talked to in the plane.

    From here we get a stairway to heaven that looks marvelous (looking at you, Led Zeppelin), Roger Livesey almost stealing the movie as the splendid doctor who tries to help Peter, and Kim Hunter being more than enough to convince any man to fight for his life. The film has that daft touch of British humor and their stiff upper lip, and thus works as both a fantasy movie and a romantic comedy. One of my favorite parts is Marius Goring's Conducter 71 and Peter hanging out on the heaven escalator, discussing who Peter should choose to represent him in his case to remain on earth.

    Definitely an inspiration on other, later movies that I need to watch, A Matter of Life and Death is a glorious piece of cinema that everyone should watch. Perhaps after multiple viewings I will have more to say about the movie, however due to pushing forward with my backlog this review will have to do for now. A trial for your life certainly is something I did not expect to witness during these past two months, delivered by perfect set design that should be marveled at.
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    He could have been a doctor
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    Panique (1946)



    Early on in the film Panique my attention was grabbed by the reactions to the murder that occurs early on in the film. Then my attention did wane a bit since it's an older foreign film and I'm easily bored sometimes. Then the movie featured two people using a misanthrope to their own ends and my attention returned. The film's title means panic, and while it is aimed at how many in France behaved during WW2 it could also apply to any situation in general where the mob can be easily manipulated into suspecting and hunting an innocent individual.

    Monsieur Hire (Michel Simon) is the mark, and his lack of connection with the people in his building proves to be his undoing. Alice (Viviane Romance) and Alfred (Paul Bernard) are the couple who go after him, for reasons I won't disclose here. Even though Hire comes off as cold and uncaring I think he was just a man who wanted to be left alone. I can relate to that, and the movie goes from being a crime drama to film noir by the conclusion. The bumper cars scene is a very obvious, yet sad metaphor that is one of the film's best scenes.

    If the final act does not enrage you, I might be concerned about your lack of caring about the human condition. Panique left me feeling angry and disgusted at how easily the human race can be tricked into becoming an unfeeling and brutal mob. I'm reminded of this lesson during this year, where myself and others witnessed people being selfish and refusing to wear a mask, social distance and observe basic protocols. Too hard to remain sober in a country gone insane and run by the stupid and corrupt.
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    He could have been a doctor
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    It always amuses me how the great Jack Cardiff is also the cinematographer of Rambo: First Blood part 2. Not in a deriding way to Mr. Cardiff or Rambo 2. Just something that amuses me.

    I believe I would like A Matter of Life and Death, but the Criterion is region A currently and I'm not sure how the UK version fares in terms of A/V quality.
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    Quote Quoting Morris Schæffer (view post)
    It always amuses me how the great Jack Cardiff is also the cinematographer of Rambo: First Blood part 2. Not in a deriding way to Mr. Cardiff or Rambo 2. Just something that amuses me.

    I believe I would like A Matter of Life and Death, but the Criterion is region A currently and I'm not sure how the UK version fares in terms of A/V quality.
    I didn't know that but it does explain why Rambo 2 looks so great. The copy of A Matter of Life and Death that I own is on Blu-ray and it looks fantastic. I never think about how films have different regions overseas.
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    And as he lay there
    Playing games with his pain
    He felt his choice of jobs
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    He could have been a doctor
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    Odd Man Out (1947)



    I only knew James Mason when he started playing older man roles and villains in later films. So it was a pleasant surprise to see him playing a younger man engaged in criminal enterprise with a group of men desperate to find their movement opposing the British. Odd Man Out is considered Carol Reed's dress rehearsal for The Third Man, yet I think it is almost equal to a film that is one of my favorites. Mason is likable in a role as a man who is haunted by his stint in prison and not the same man, yet he has no choice but to go along on a heist since he is the group's leader.

    Reed once again uses shadows and glorious black and white cinematography to his advantage, giving Mason a haunted feeling as naturally the heist goes terribly wrong. Wounded and hunted he faces his past and wonders if he even has a future as he stumbles through London, dodging the police in ways ranging from help from others to dumb luck. One part I liked was how a cab driver actually unintentionally helps him get past a road block in what is a suspenseful and well done scene.

    Kathleen Ryan is also equally adapt in her part as Kathleen, a woman who loves Mason's Johnny and tries to help him. Odd Man Out even features both existential and religious overtones, and is thus very satisfying and more interesting than your average film noir. Having loved two movies from Reed I would like to see what else he made and I think I rather like British film noir a lot.
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    And as he lay there
    Playing games with his pain
    He felt his choice of jobs
    Was such a mistake
    He could have been a doctor
    In a soft easy chair
    Instead he chose three stars
    A territorial affair

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