My Criterion Top 10: Michaël Parent

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A few weeks back, I started running contributions from some of my favorite film critics, writers, and theorists from around the internet. The series ended… but has officially been resurrected, as I’ve obtained new contributions. Each writer is listing their top 10 from the Criterion Collection. Today, the series turns to Québec with a contribution from Michaël Parent. Michael and I share a large appreciation for French cinema, and it comes naturally to him. That’s because he’s actually French! (ok, French-Canadian, which is close enough in my book) You can find Michael’s work over at Le Mot du Cinephiliaque or on Twitter @parentmichael. Continue reading

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My Criterion Top 10 Part Deux: Alex Withrow

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For now, at least, I have one final entry in The Criterion Top 10 Series. Alex Withrow (And So It Begins, filmmaker, @shiftingPersona) had a familiar quandary when he made his first list. Specifically, he wanted to make several lists. Today, he brings us a list comprised purely of films made since 2000. As for the series, this closes it out for the time being, although there are a few more lists that may show up soon. I hope you’ve all enjoyed it, and thank you very much to everyone who participated!
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Review: Honour (2014)

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Shan Khan’s full-length feature directorial debut, Honour, makes its way over from the UK with an early July US release date. The film, a thriller, revolves around a Muslim family that hires a bounty hunter, played by Paddy Considine, to track down their missing young adult daughter. However, there’s considerably more at play. Continue reading

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My Criterion Top 10: Anna/Defiant Success

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I’ve been running contributions from some of my favorite film critics, writers, and theorists from around the internet for the past few weeks. Each writer is listing their top 10 from the Criterion Collection. This is the second to last entry in the series, and it’s a special one. That’s because Anna, today’s writer, was inspired by some of the other lists and offered hers. And this list is a gem. Anna has been running her blog, Defiant Success, since August 2009. In that time, she has compiled quite an impressive list of films reviewed. Anna may be found on Twitter @MovieNut14. Continue reading

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My Criterion Top 10: Jessica Manzo

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I’ve been running contributions from some of my favorite film critics, writers, and theorists from around the internet for the past few weeks. Each writer is listing their top 10 from the Criterion Collection. Today, the series starts to wind down with another contribution from the fine folks at French Toast Sunday. This time, it’s from Jessica Manzo. As I mentioned last week, I’m a huge fan of the FTS crew because they have impeccable taste in movies and graphic design. Jess is a key piece of that group and is very active with the LAMB. She also has a knack for making Baltimore sound like an awesome place. You can find Jess on Twitter @jess_fts. Continue reading

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My Criterion Top 10: Bubbawheat

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I’m running contributions from some of my favorite film critics, writers, and theorists from around the internet for a few weeks. Each writer is listing their top 10 from the Criterion Collection. However, it’s starting to wind down. One of the final pieces comes in from Bubbawheat, proprietor of Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights. Bubba knows more about superhero movies than the rest of us know about… well, anything at all. He also has an awesome podcast with an incredible concept. It’s called FilmWhys- as in, “Why haven’t you seen this film?” Each episode, his guests challenge him to watch a highly-touted film that he hasn’t seen, and he challenges his guest to watch a superhero movie that they haven’t seen. I’ve been fortunate enough to take part and it’s a blast. You can find Bubba on Twitter @Bubbawheat.  Continue reading

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My Criterion Top 10: Dan Heaton

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I’m running contributions from some of my favorite film critics, writers, and theorists from around the internet for a few weeks. Each writer is listing their top 10 from the Criterion Collection. Today’s list comes from Dan Heaton, the only contributor I’ve ever accidentally seen in a bar. Dan is a fellow St. Louisan and a fellow Cardinals fan. For good measure, he also graduated from the University of Missouri. This contribution might as well come with a slice of pizza from Shakespeare’s and some Ted Drewes frozen custard. Dan operates Public Transporation Snob (a clever reference to a film on his list), where he writes gobs of sharp film reviews. Frequently, they revolve around a marathon- he chooses a theme, filmmaker, genre, or actor and tackles it all en masse. He has also written movie and TV reviews for both PopMatters and Sound on Sight. He can be found on Twitter @ptsnob. Continue reading

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