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My Criterion Top 10: Nick Rehak

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I’m running contributions from some of my favorite film critics, writers, and theorists from around the internet for the next few weeks. Each writer is listing their top 10 from the Criterion Collection. Day four of The Criterion Top 10 Series brings us a contribution from Nick Rehak of French Toast Sunday. I’m a huge fan of the FTS crew because they have the same sensibilities that I do. They embrace great graphic design and they’re enormously enthusiastic about film. In fact, they love most of the same movies that I do. Nick is a contributing writer and one of the regulars on their podcast, where he can be found talking about New Orleans. He’s also a profound Muppetaholic (“I’m waiting for the day Muppet Treasure Island gets a Criterion Release,” he says). You can find Nick on Twitter @TheRehak. Continue reading

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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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The 9 Best Movie Bears

Bears have a long and proud cinematic tradition, going back to at least 1925 when Charlie Chaplin wrestled with a bear in The Gold Rush. More than any other animal, bears are ripe for humor. They’re charming, stuffed panaceas for young children when in toy form, but large and menacing beasts in their natural state. I’m human with human emotions and even I’m not that versatile. Here are the nine best movie bears. 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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Movie Parties I Wish I Had Attended

As Fatty Arbuckle could tell you, nobody knows how to party quite like film stars. And there’s been one example after another in the entirety of film history. Which movie parties would have been the most interesting and/or fun to attend? Continue reading

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100 Things I Love About the Movies

I passed a milestone recently here at TDYLF. Thanks to the help of the editors over at IMDB, I passed the 100,000 Hits milestone on Sunday (with a whopping 80,000+ of those hits coming just since September 30th). To celebrate, I’m beginning a brand new series called “100 Things I Love About the Movies”. To be sure, there a LOT more than 100 things that I love about the movies. As such, this has the potential to become a series- 100 Things I Love About Horror Movies, 100 Things I Love About Foreign Movies, and on and on. I present to you the first edition of “100 Things I Love About the Movies”.

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