Criterion Project #14: ERASERHEAD (1977)

Eraserhead Year: 1977 Director: David Lynch Once again worlds collided. I'm in the home stretch of Halloween viewing for my spooky season project and one of the themes this past week was "Oddballs & Weirdos" which, by any definition, applies to Eraserhead. So I broke my structure, ever so briefly, to kill two birds with … Continue reading Criterion Project #14: ERASERHEAD (1977)

Criterion Project #13: THE BURMESE HARP (1956)

The Burmese Harp Year: 1956 Director: Kon Ichikawa I've been lucky these past two weeks. Both last week's film (The Night of the Hunter) and this film are among my very favorites of all-time and watching them on back-to-back weeks was a delight. This project was designed to spotlight titles I may have forgotten about … Continue reading Criterion Project #13: THE BURMESE HARP (1956)

Criterion Project #12: THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (1955)

The Night of The Hunter Year: 1955 Director: Charles Laughton Leeeeeeaning....leeeeeeaning....safe and secure from all alaaaaarms. The butter-voiced Robert Mitchum croons this soothing hymn like a wolf in shepherd's visage in Charles Laughton's storied solo directorial effort. A film that I considered amongst my very favorite after just one viewing. And even after many watches, … Continue reading Criterion Project #12: THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (1955)

Criterion Project #11: PICKPOCKET (1959)

Pickpocket Year: 1959 Director: Robert Bresson Well that was just lovely. I finished watching this film minutes ago and wanted to get some thoughts out right away because, honestly, I don't remember liking Pickpocket the first time through. Granted, it was several years ago when I first watched it, but I was underwhelmed. Or more … Continue reading Criterion Project #11: PICKPOCKET (1959)

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)