Criterion Project #9: UNFAITHFULLY YOURS (1948)

Unfaithfully Yours Year: 1948 Director: Preston Sturges I have a bold statement to make that needs to be unchained before I can write another word - Unfaithfully Yours just might be the best screenplay ever written. It's a claim I can back-up, but first let's get the plot out of the way: A man dreams … Continue reading Criterion Project #9: UNFAITHFULLY YOURS (1948)

Streaming Bonus – THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE (1974)

The Criterion Channel has devoted a substantial amount of their September programming to tales of the Big Apple, titled "New York Stories", in remembrance of the 9/11 attacks that occurred 20 years ago. The collection of 61 films spans from Charlie Chaplin to Noah Baumbach - over 100 years of cinema. It's a staggering amount … Continue reading Streaming Bonus – THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE (1974)

Criterion Project #8: THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS (1966)

The Battle of Algiers Year: 1966 Director: Gillo Pontecorvo When you read a title like The Battle of Algiers you're no doubt picturing a war film along the lines of Paths of Glory or The Thin Red Line. You might think of once-peaceful fields, beaches, and forests setting the stage for the theater of war … Continue reading Criterion Project #8: THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS (1966)

Criterion Project B-B-Bonus! – THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING (1975)

How whimsical! I was perusing a Facebook group committed to Criterion Collection discussions (you're not allowed in, it's for nerds) and came across a recommendation for The Man Who Would Be King, which is playing as part of John Huston's filmography on the Criterion Channel this month. Prior to this, I had absolutely no knowledge … Continue reading Criterion Project B-B-Bonus! – THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING (1975)

Criterion Project #4: LADY SNOWBLOOD (1973)

Even before we enter this world we are marked by karmaLady Snowblood Lady Snowblood Year: 1973 Director: Toshia Fujita Bloody, violent, and beautiful. These terms can be interchangeably applied to both the film and the title character of Toshia Fujita's classic, Lady Snowblood. My first "first watch" of the project and not your typical Criterion … Continue reading Criterion Project #4: LADY SNOWBLOOD (1973)

Criterion Project #3: TRAFFIC (2000)

The Criterion project rolls along with Steven Soderbergh's sobering, star-studded Academy Award winning drug saga, Traffic. Traffic Year: 2000 Director: Steven Soderbergh A brief synopsis from Google: A look at America's war on drugs through several interconnected stories: Ohio's Supreme Court judge is appointed as the nation's Drug Tsar, unaware that his own daughter is … Continue reading Criterion Project #3: TRAFFIC (2000)

Criterion Project #2: CHARADE (1963)

Film: Charade Year: 1963 Director: Stanley Donen The second feature in this long voyage is a classic, crowd-pleasing, twisting, turning, hey-I-thought-Alfred-Hitchcock-directed-this, riotous romp with a so-creepy-even-the-film-knows-it romance between old man Cary Grant and pretty young thing Audrey Hepburn. It's always a pleasure to re-visit Charade. What other film features a scene with Walter Matthau battling … Continue reading Criterion Project #2: CHARADE (1963)