What’s leaving Criterion at the end of the Year

What makes these films different from any other films? Most of them are horror movies. Also, most of them will disappear from The Criterion Channel come midnight, December 31. Stream them before they go away. Full recommendations A+ Brazil (1985) One of the best black comedies ever filmed, and the best dystopian fantasy ever. In … Continue reading What’s leaving Criterion at the end of the Year

Movies I’ve recently seen: From Here to Eternity ֍ Tick, Tick… Boom! ֍ Terror in a Texas Town ֍ One Hour with You & ֍ No Way Out

I haven't been going to theaters recently, but here are a few, mostly old movies that I've watched at home. The fact that four of the five movies are in black-and-white tells you that that most of these pictures are vintage. And if you want to find out how to stream any of these, click … Continue reading Movies I’ve recently seen: From Here to Eternity ֍ Tick, Tick… Boom! ֍ Terror in a Texas Town ֍ One Hour with You & ֍ No Way Out

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: One really good new movie and four not-so-good old ones

For the first time in more than 15 months, I've posted one of these "Recently Seen" posts containing a new movie I saw actually saw in a movie theater. A- Limbo (2021) The trailer suggests this is a comedy, and at first, it feels like a very funny and quirky one. But the farther you … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: One really good new movie and four not-so-good old ones

Dalton Trumbo and films of the Blacklist at Criterion

The Criterion Channel is currently doing something unusual; they're running a series set around - not a director or a star - but a screenwriter. Dalton Trumbo was a top MGM screenwriter in the 1940s, when he was blacklisted for his leftwing politics. He did time in federal prison, then he spent the 1950s writing … Continue reading Dalton Trumbo and films of the Blacklist at Criterion

Great films, strange streams: The Crowd, Lone Star, & Sparticus

Not all great films get the home theater treatment they deserve. Here are three terrific films getting better home presentations…although they still need improvement. The Crowd (1928) Last year, I wrote an article about great films not available at home, and I put The Crowd first. This isn't a lost work, but a masterpiece kept … Continue reading Great films, strange streams: The Crowd, Lone Star, & Sparticus