One of the many features that makes the Criterion Collection amazing is their recurring Top 10 series. They ask various pop culture personalities (mostly film) to supply a list of their 10 favorite Criterion films. It’s a great way to learn about important and/or unique cinema. Most importantly, I love that it’s a synaptic slice of the writer’s movie psychosis. Criterion offers such a wide variety of genres, themes, and directors that choosing 10 specific films says something about your personality. In the coming days and weeks, I’ll be presenting The Criterion Top 10 Series, a series of articles from many of my very favorite film writers, critics, and theorists on the internet and in my circle of friends. Strap yourself in because the next several days are going to feature some incredible writing about some equally incredible films. To kick it all off, here is my own Criterion Top 10. Continue reading
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Back before Christmas, I wrote briefly about some scenes from the last ten years that made my jaw drop. I’d like to re-visit the concept without limiting myself to the last ten years. Here are some really amazing scenes of cinema, along with a brief description of what it is that I find so magnificent about them. They’re all over the map, too. I hope I’ve got something for most everyone. Continue reading
Who better to send Christmas wishes to my readers for me this year than Ingmar Bergman, an atheist whose films were the antithesis of holiday merriment? In other words, here are a bunch of images from Bergman films where people are wearing Santa hats. And in the one case where there’s nudity, I’ve found a way to cover her shame. Her beautiful, beautiful shame.
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”.
Summer has officially arrived in St. Louis, which means I’m either going to be grouchy or angry or depressed until September. You see, summer in St. Louis is like living inside of a dog’s mouth. In short, it’s oppressive. It zaps the energy right out of me. And as such, what better time to visit my old pal, Doctor Doom- Ingmar Bergman? After all, Bergman seemed to understand the concept of sunlight and intense heat as oppressive. Two scenes come to mind- the cannibal child on the cliff in Hour of the Wolf and the sexually symbolic/ripe with frustration clown-and-soldier scene in Sawdust and Tinsel. Both of these scenes were made more terrifying by the sun-bleached shots, the intense heat, the additional distortion of a washed out environment.
Several themes recur throughout the Bergman catalogue. Here are five, along with a must-see film from Bergman that puts a specific theme on display. Continue reading