Posts Tagged ‘Criterion Collection’

Criterion Top 10 Lists

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

I wasn’t really considering a Top 10 Week when I posted yesterday’s Talking Heads list (and I may not do it every day), but I stumbled across this this collection of Criterion Top 10 lists from various luminaries. Among the more interesting are:

  • Anthony Bourdain
  • Ricky Jay
  • Jonathan Lethem
  • Joe Mantegna
  • Dominic Monaghan
  • Christopher Nolan
  • Edgar Wright
  • All are worth reading, if not necessarily agreeing with. But it’s good to know I’m not the only person who loves This is Spinal Tap and Brazil

    Shoegazer Sunday: No Joy’s “Pacific Pride” (plus the Czech film Daisies)

    Sunday, November 4th, 2012

    Today’s dose of Shoegaze comes to you from all-girl Canadian Shoegaze duo No Joy for their song “Pacific Pride.”

    Interestingly, their video seems to be taken entirely from the 1966 Czech surrealist/absurdest film Daisies, which I was previously unaware of, but which seems to have quite a cult following. It shows up on the list of 1,001 movies to see before you die (which is a pretty good list), and looking at clips, it’s tempting to say that acid arrived in Czechoslovakia a year before the Summer of Love, as it looks pretty trippy, a film where the sixties became The Sixties. It also appears to be part of the Criterion collection Eclipse Series 32: Pearls of the Czech New Wave.

    I think I’m going to have to see this some time.

    The whole film is available on YouTube so, hey, here it is.

    Looks like you’ll need some 3D glasses for part of it…

    Thoughts on Insane Japanese Films and Some DVD Sets of Note

    Thursday, April 29th, 2010

    I have friends who collect Criterion DVDs. However, even they, I think, will be hard-pressed to pick up Essential Art House: 50 Years of Janus Films. With a whopping 50 films (and an even-more whopping price tag of $772 through Amazon), you get a lot of classic films (The Seven Samurai, Kind Hearts and Coronets, M), so I suppose it would be a good deal if you planned on picking up all of them anyway. Until I stumbled across this, I never realized Janus FIlms distributed so much of what we regard as the essential “art house” films of the 20th Century. If they had never existed, would only hardcore film buffs know of these films, or would a we revere a completely different set of art house films that are currently obscure?

    I was also fiddling with Amazon’s Carousel widget, so here it is with a bunch of other DVD sets:

    Although this box set is nearly four years old, I stumbled across it when looking for information on Hausu, which looks to be a completely insane Japanese haunted house movie that’s also distributed by Janus Films. Just take a gander at this off-the-charts, blood-and-weirdness packed trailer.

    I’m given to understand that, later on, one of them gets eaten by a piano.

    What’s more, it’s playing here in Austin at the Alamo Ritz May 22-27th.

    I hope it’s better on the Weird Japanese Cinema front than Wild Zero, which was a real disappointment.