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Criterion Collection – Week 16, 17 & 18

May 12, 2009

Criterion Collection - Week 16
Criterion Collection - Week 17
Criterion Collection - Week 18

Yet another momentary lapse on the blogging front. All it means is more Criterion DVDs to list and further films to add to my ever growing “to watch” pile. *shudder*. So here we have: serial killers and arty-porn, cocrophilia and cosmonauts & talky-indies and backwards aging. Hell of a mixed bag.

Week 16:
Man Bites Dog (1992 Dir. Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel and Benoit Poelvoorde)
In The Realm Of The Senses (1976 Dir. Nagisa Oshima)

Week 17:
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975 Dir. Pier Paolo Pasolini
Solaris (1972 Dir. Andrei Tarkovsky)

Week 18:
Kicking an Screaming (1995 Dir. Noah Baumbach)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008 Dir. David Fincher)

Previously on The Criterion Collection: Click here

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Criterion Collection – Week 14

April 13, 2009

Criterion Collection - Week 14

Week 14 is an all-out French new-wave extravaganza! Having watched Pierrot Le Fou over the Easter weekend, my love for the nouvelle vague has been rekindled.

Masculin Féminin (1966 Dir. Jean-Luc Godard):

Jules and Jim (1962 Dir. François Truffaut):

Previously on The Criterion Collection: Click here

On a Criterion related note: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was recently announced as being numner 476 in the collection. There was, of course, a backlash to this from some Criterion elitists who feel that it’s place isn’t warranted in such a prestigious collection alongside the “continuing series of important classic and contemporary films”. I think this argument is completely undone by this, and this.

Regardless, I quite enjoyed Benjamin Button, even if it was just a repackaged Forrest Gump. The special effects (just like as in Zodiac) where astounding in their subtly, performances were solid all round and as with any Fincher film, it looked incredible.

My only quibble with the CC version of Button is the cover. I understand that for the more commercially viable releases, Criterion need to feature artwork that is more in line with what’s featured on a cinema marquee than what would hang in an art gallery. The slipcases for both The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic are perfect examples of this. Frankly, the poster campaign for Benjamin Button was lazy. Very lazy. Brad Pitt is an extremely bankable actor, but it’s incredibly poor and blatantly obvious if your poster is just his FACE on a black background. The filmmakers may as well be saying: “Look, we don’t have a fucking notion how to market this…but Brad Pitt is in it! You love him, don’t you?”. I would have thought that Criterion might have rectified this by featuring the one decent piece of artwork that was released for the movie. Alas, they chose the floating, giant faces. Anyways, below is the actual Criterion artwork and below that, is the mockup I madeup in Photoshop.

DVD Artwork:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - Criterion Cover Art

What could have been the artwork:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - My own mockup

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Criterion Collection – Week 11, 12 & 13

April 10, 2009

Criterion Collection - Week 11
Criterion Collection - Week 12
Criterion Collection - Week 13

Wow….Three weeks without an update! An update of ANY kind! I’ve been up to my neck like Toulouse Lautrec. There’s actually far too much stuff to catch up on but I’ll try my best to make all the necessary postings here over the next few days.

First up, here are the SIX installments that make up weeks 11-13 of my increasingly intimidating, ongoing spending foray into the world of Criterion dvds. I’m finding it more and more difficult to make decisions on what to get as the weeks go by. Not that what I’ve been picking aren’t incredible films or supposed to be incredible films, but in the past 13 weeks I’ve already hit all the major titles I’d always wanted! It’s about time I started to pick a director and focus soley on their output (Akira Kurosawa, I’m looking at you…).

I’m not going to add the YouTube trailers to these as the posting is already stupidly long as it is. Hopefully I’ll be back on track next week for a weekly installment of this. So, so many dvds to watch. That shelf is beginning to look mighty full… and scary.

Week 11:
Chungking Express (1994 Dir. Wong Kar-wai)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998 Dir. Terry Gilliam)

Week 12:
Lord of the Flies (1963 Dir. Peter Brook)
F for Fake (1975 Dir. Orson Welles)

Week 13:
Wild Strawberries (1957 Dir. Ingmar Bergman)
Knife in the Water (1962 Dir. Roman Polanski)

Previously on Criterion Collection:
Week 1: The Third Man / Breathless
Week 2: Videodrome / The Ice Storm
Week 3: Short Cuts / Pierrot Le Fou
Week 4: The 400 Blows / La Haine
Week 5: The Vanishing / Tokyo Story
Week 6: 8 1/2 / Withnail and I
Week 7: In The Mood For Love / Brief Encounter
Week 8: M / The Lady Vanishes
Week 9: Ikiru / Traffic
Week 10: If… / Naked Lunch

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Criterion Collection – Week 10

March 19, 2009

Criterion Collection - Week 10

Not even an alcohol fuelled long-weekend, capped by the mother of all boozing days could stop the Criterion train a-runnin’!!! … Truth be told, I almost forgot about it this week. The choices aren’t running thin just yet but the backlog of DVDs on my shelf is getting more and more worrying. Anyways, I’ve gone with Malcolm McDowell’s pre-Clockwork Orange tour-de-force “IF…“. Actually, this is another one I’ve yet to see, but I’ve been assured if an entirely unappreciated work of genius. Following on from a viewing Videodrome, I have returned to Cronenberg for a “Naked Lunch” I’m always reminded of that quote from The Simpsons when Nelson looks at the marquee as he leaves the cinema and says “I can think of at least two things wrong with that title”. Classic Nelson. Ah yeah.

In Criterion news: THIS re-release has just been announced. That is some sweet, sweet cover art.

If… (1968 Dir. Lindsay Anderson):

Naked Lunch (1991 Dir. David Cronenberg):

Previously on Criterion Collection:
Week 1: The Third Man / Breathless
Week 2: Videodrome / The Ice Storm
Week 3: Short Cuts / Pierrot Le Fou
Week 4: The 400 Blows / La Haine
Week 5: The Vanishing / Tokyo Story
Week 6: 8 1/2 / Withnail and I
Week 7: In The Mood For Love / Brief Encounter
Week 8: M / The Lady Vanishes
Week 9: Ikiru / Traffic

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Criterion Collection – Week 9

March 9, 2009

Criterion Collection - Week 9

Another week, another two Criterion discs… I’ve somehow managed to last nine weeks without dipping back into Kurosawa’s catalogue but Ikiru is one that I’ve wanted to get for a while. Over the years I had gotten some other Kurosawa films, but mostly the more obvious ones (Seven Samurai, Rashomon, Yojimbo, Sanjuro).

Ikiru (1952 Dir. Akira Kurosawa):

Traffic (2000 Dir. Steven Soderbergh):

Previously on Criterion Collection:
Week 1: The Third Man / Breathless
Week 2: Videodrome / The Ice Storm
Week 3: Short Cuts / Pierrot Le Fou
Week 4: The 400 Blows / La Haine
Week 5: The Vanishing / Tokyo Story
Week 6: 8 1/2 / Withnail and I
Week 7: In The Mood For Love / Brief Encounter
Week 8: M / The Lady Vanishes

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Criterion Collection – Week 8

March 2, 2009

Criterion Collection - Week 7

Last week, I had mentioned my intentions of getting a Soderbergh double-bill but I’ve decided to postpone that for a later date. Up this week are Hitchcock’s “The Lady Vanishes” and Fritz Lang’s “M”. Both classics of the 30’s.

8 weeks in and there’s no sign of this slowing down. I have a strange feeling that I’ll be 6 months into this new years resolution and I’ll be flat broke with a massive backlog of films to watch and no time to do it. Ah yeah… Still, they do look nice sitting on a shelf…

(I couldn’t find a trailer for The Lady Vanishes on YouTube so included here is the first 8 minutes of it. The rest of it is up there too if you are so inclined to watch it in that format.)

M (1931 Dir. Fritz Lang):

The Lady Vanishes (1938 Dir. Alfred Hitchcock):

Previously on Criterion Collection:
Week 1: The Third Man / Breathless
Week 2: Videodrome / The Ice Storm
Week 3: Short Cuts / Pierrot Le Fou
Week 4: The 400 Blows / La Haine
Week 5: The Vanishing / Tokyo Story
Week 6: 8 1/2 / Withnail and I
Week 7: In The Mood For Love / Brief Encounter

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Devious Theatre’s Trainspotting – Mother Superior

February 26, 2009

Following directly on from our previous installment of Devious Theatre’s Trainspotting is this incredible clip that introduces the character of the Mother Superior. The events that follow go from hilarious, to absurd, to deeply dark and tragic. As I mentioned before, this entire sequence was my favourite section of our show. Everyone on board put in such a solid effort. The inclusion of Massive Attack’s “Angel” broke away from our 80’s soundtrack but I honestly cannot image this scene without it. Featured in this scene are: Ross Costigan (Renton), John Morton (Sick Boy), Paul Young (Mother Superior), Stephen Colfer (Spud) and Maria Murray (Alison).

Devious Theatre’s Trainspotting – Welcome to Mother Superior’s: