The Gold Rush, an early silent-film era epic that vaulted Charlie Chaplin’s career, is presented in two lovingly restored versions by the Criterion Collection. The remastering efforts result in a triumph of technology over the ravages of time making for an entertaining watch.
Mathieu Kassovitz has created a modern masterpiece of French cinema verite in La Haine, a searing portrayal of the aimless existence of disenfranchised youth living in the projects outside of Paris.
An intellectually stimulating romantic comedy from Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, Juliette Binoche was awarded the Best Actress award at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival for her excellent performance in Certified Copy.
Famed Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu and a stellar cast present a domestic drama set in post-World War II Japan. The Criterion Collection’ remastering of the 70-year old film should be applauded as this is, in all respects, a cinematic masterpiece.
The Criterion Collection unearths Mario Monicelli’s stark account of the Italian labor movement in this 1963 film noir. Marcello Mastroianni and a strong supporting cast deliver compelling performances while the restoration efforts are reasonably successful.
Spike Jonze’s existential and surreal dark comedy classic from the 90s, Being John Malkovich, arrives in a strong Criterion Collection edition on Blu-ray that cinephiles should grab up while they can.
The Criterion Collection presents four films produced by legendary playwright, actor, and entertainer Noël Coward. There is much to enjoy in the varied dramatic and comedic fare of these movies and the restorations of these 70-year old films is simply amazing.
This Yosujiro Ozu masterpiece of domestic drama and changing social mores finally arrives on Blu-ray in the US in another fine package from the Criterion Collection.
A Night to Remember, one of the earliest re-tellings of the Titanic disaster, is superbly shot, cast, and directed film. While devoid of most “special effects,” this is the best version of this story to ever hit the silver screen.
A controversial retelling of the Christ story by Martin Scorsese will be received quite differently depending on one’s faith and desire to see a faithful reproduction of Kazantzakis’ novel.