Forget about those Star Wars and Lord of the Rings boxed sets. Here’s the one that really matters. (To me, anyway.)

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An eye-catching line.

I love the cover for Criterion's new edition The Thin Red Line. … [Read more...]

Flannery O’Connor in the Criterion Collection

Here's a new essay at Criterion about their latest release: Wise Blood.I've heard very mixed things about this film, insofar as it represents (or fails to) the story O'Connor wrote. Will you be picking up this DVD? Have you seen the film? I'd love to hear your take on it. … [Read more...]

“Wise Blood” is Coming to Criterion

This may be the only thrilling opportunity I have to tag a post with both "Flannery O'Connor" and "The Criterion Collection." So here goes...The Criterion Collection is already wondrous beyond all measure, but do they really have to show off like this?They're adding John Huston's legendary 1979 adaptation of Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood in May. … [Read more...]

“Days of Heaven”: The Criterion DVD

Best DVD news in a while!Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven is coming to The Criterion Collection. And what an intriguing development... it's a going to have a new look.Can the director's cut of The New World be far behind? Please, Criterion, please... … [Read more...]

Yi-Yi (A One and a Two) from Criterion

If you haven't seen Yi-Yi (A One and a Two), you're in for a treat.It's been out on DVD before, but not like this. The full Criterion treatment has arrived, and I encourage you to check it out as soon as you can. Beautifully filmed, poetic, funny, unpredictable, with a cast of characters as large and memorable as the cast of Magnolia, it is one of those films that seems to capture all of life within its 2 1/2-hour span. This is the only Edward Yang film I've seen, but I'm eager to see more. … [Read more...]

Specials: Kaurismäki. Ceylan. Rohmer. And X-Men.

GreenCine Daily has all of the Cannes links you could hope for, and some very interesting, if somewhat disappointing, reports.DIM LIGHT I loved Aki Kaurismäki's The Man Without a Past. But according to reviews posted at GreenCine, Kaurismäki's new film Lights in the Dusk isn't as easy to love.CEYLAN RETURNS I'm also very surprised to read the disappointed reviews over Ikilmer (Climates), the latest feature by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. His last film, Distant, which I reviewed for The Other J … [Read more...]

Get ready for the Criterion DVD of "Au Hasard Balthazar"

Robert Bresson's haunting, soulful masterpiece is coming...Have you advance-ordered your copy? I have. This was the best film I saw on the big screen last year, and I've thought about it more than any other film since. … [Read more...]

Au Hasard Balthazar

My favorite moviegoing experience of last year was Robert Bresson's Au Hasard Balthazar.Now, Darren Hughes at Long Pauses has given me the best news I've heard all week... … [Read more...]