Criterion Project #24: SAMURAI I – MUSASHI MIYAMOTO (1954)

Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto Spine #14 Year: 1954 Director: Hiroshi Inagaki Whenever you seem lost in this lonely world, or feel your life is heading down the wrong path, I'd recommend sitting down to begin the journey of Takezo, aka the legendary Musashi Miyamoto (ToshirΓ΄ Mifune). This is easily my fourth of fifth time starting … Continue reading Criterion Project #24: SAMURAI I – MUSASHI MIYAMOTO (1954)

Criterion Project #23: PAN’S LABYRINTH (2006)

Pan's Labyrinth Spine #838 Year: 2006 Director: Guillermo del Toro As I ponder this write-up, I won't pretend to know the history of the atrocities depicted in this film. Title cards at the outset inform us we've been transported to Spain in the year 1944, which places the events after Franco's fascist regime had overthrown … Continue reading Criterion Project #23: PAN’S LABYRINTH (2006)

Criterion Project #22: HAROLD AND MAUDE (1971)

Harold and Maude Spine #608 Year: 1971 Director: Hal Ashby It's been a minute since I last watched Harold and Maude and after this viewing I've come to the conclusion that it is perhaps the most anachronistic film of 1970s American cinema. The Cat Stevens soundtrack, the distinct fashion, the feeling of detachment comfortably nestled … Continue reading Criterion Project #22: HAROLD AND MAUDE (1971)

Criterion Project #18: NIGHTMARE ALLEY (1947)

Nightmare Alley Spine #1078 Year: 1947 Director: Edmund Goulding As previously alluded to, Noirvember is coming to its conclusion so why not feature one last noir classic that, like the prior three entries in this project (Sweet Smell of Success, Detour, and Kiss Me Deadly), I had not seen before. I also figured closing out … Continue reading Criterion Project #18: NIGHTMARE ALLEY (1947)

Criterion Project #15: KISS ME DEADLY (1955)

Author's note: First off, apologies are in order. This post is coming a week late due to some unforeseen bad luck that reared its ugly head at one of the worst times of my life. In short, I was scheduled for back surgery last week after waiting seven painful months for the insurance company to … Continue reading Criterion Project #15: KISS ME DEADLY (1955)

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)