The era of rotating crystal balls, all-night dancing, relentless beats, and drugs is brought back to life by Whit Stillman in The Last Days of Disco. An excellent cast with evocative videography delivers a great watch.
Criterion Collection’s Blu-ray for the excellent Being John Malkovich, features fine V/A as well as a few great features.
Whit Stillman hits a cinematic home run in his debut film, Metropolitan, a spot-on character study of privileged youth in 1980s Manhattan. Grainy film and boxy soundtrack aside, this is an insightful examination of the debutante party scene, with great performances by a cast of largely unknown actors.
Whit Stillman’s 1990 peek into the lives of the young and rich socialites of New York arrives in a strong director approved Criterion Collection Blu-ray release.
Inagaki Hiroshi’s classic three-part chambara saga in vivid color about Japan’s legendary folk hero Musashi comes to life in this stunning Criterion Collection edition on Blu-ray.
The 39 Steps, a milestone in Alfred Hitchcock’s early career, is given a superb restoration job by The Criterion Collection. This film has all of the elements that made Hitch a legend in the mystery-thriller genre.
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.