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Fun With Netflix Viewer Reviews: The Criterion Collection Edition

It’s time yet again for the article that’s easy for me and fun for you- Fun with Netflix Viewer Reviews! For volume 11, I’ve decided to focus on people writing funny Netflix viewer reviews specifically for films in the Criterion Collection. These are presented completely unedited. Even when you think I might have edited something in or out of the copy, I assure you that I have not. Continue reading

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Swedish Cinema and… Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday is observed today. It’s a federal holiday. Like many Americans, it keeps me out of work. It’s not very often that my blog overlaps with something outside of the realm of movies and TV. Occasionally- very rarely- I get an excuse to branch out a little bit as long as I promise not to stray too far. And today, on the King holiday, I have an excuse.

A few years ago when I had first been introduced to foreign films, I stumbled upon a movie called I Am Curious–Yellow. The film is many, many things- part art film, part pure sexual charge, part sociology of 60′s youth revolution, and part sociology of Swedish class systems in the mid-20th century (as I mentioned the other day, when I placed this film in my Criterion Collection Top Ten). Right there in the middle of it is an interview with none other than Martin Luther King about non-violence. Unfortunately, I can’t find a clip of the (very brief) interview that he did for the film. But I can find a transcript of the film. In keeping with the spirit of my blog, but also in the interest of honoring the man, here’s the dialogue from the screenplay. It’s not much, but it’s something: Continue reading

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My Criterion Top Ten

The Criterion Collection has a very enjoyable series called Top 10s where they invite filmmakers, film critics and theorists, and just good ol’ fashioned celebrities to list their Top 10 from the Criterion Collection. It’s a really unique series because you get great insights into what has influenced these people. For instance, Steve Buscemi lists John Cassavetes’ A Woman Under the Influence at #10, and states:

I have been under the influence of John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands and their extended family in film ever since I saw a retrospective of Cassavetes’s movies at MoMA soon after he died.

Is it any surprise at all that Steve Buscemi, a stalwart of 90’s indie cinema, would hold such reverence for John Cassavetes, the Godfather of independent cinema? Guy Maddin lists Clement’s Forbidden Games at #1 and Häxan at #10. If you’re familiar at all with Maddin’s films- silent film homages which generally place a magnifying glass on childhood trauma- you realize the imprint that these films had on him. Admittedly, I’ve only seen approximately half of the Criterion Collection, around 250 films or so in their catalogue. Here’s my stab at the Criterion Top 10. Continue reading

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