What’s leaving Criterion at the end of June – the complete version

Sorry about yesterday's blunder. I accidentally posted an unfinished version of this article. Here's the complete post. Several Marx Brothers will disappear from the Criterion Channel at the end of the month…and that's no laughing matter. Some serious films will disappear as well. Here are just a few of the films that will no longer … Continue reading What’s leaving Criterion at the end of June – the complete version

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

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: He Ran All the Way, Once Upon a Time in the West, & The Aeronauts

I'm actually finding time to see movies again. A He Ran All the Way (1951), Criterion Channel I never heard of this short, cheap crime thriller until Saturday evening, and it blew me away. A violent robbery goes wrong, and a guard is dead. The killer (John Garfield) finds himself in the apartment of a very … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: He Ran All the Way, Once Upon a Time in the West, & The Aeronauts