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My favorite Criterion films

  • Nov 19, 2009
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I tried to list only those that I either own currently or are in the process of purchasing. Thanks be to the Gods for the re-release of Salo & many thanks to www.barnesandnoble.com for giving us Criterion releases this month at 50% off. How cool is that? I should also add that my company is a partner with B&N so I was able to take advantage of an additonal 5% percent off my total order & managed to get freee shipping on any order above $25. Dude, this totally rad! Needless to say, I'm nearly destitute so I only bought two films recently from the Criterion collection. However, I do have a collection box at my desk & I'm currently taking up donations for my DVD collection fund. Please give generously if you can. I love you all!
Chasing Amy
Favorite Kevin Smith film to date
Man Bites Dog
Very inspirational if not dark film but it's close to my heart.
Kurosawa made a lot of great cinema in his time but this one grabbed my attention like no other before or after.
Fat Girl
Not my favorite Breillat film per se but it's the only one Criterion released & it's damned good if you ask me. I would love to see them release Anatomy Of Hell.
Pasolini is a cinematic God. This is the most grueling film I've ever seen of his but a masterpiece nonetheless. Decide for yourself, my good people.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Oh yes! I loved this one from the time of it's initial theatrical release & Criterion really did a splendid job as one might expect. I loaned this one to a friend once & didn't know if I was ever going to get it back. He kept it for months.
See the full review, "Gilliam's Wildest Trip Ever".
Fanny & Alexander
Easily my favorite Bergman film of all time. I have loved this one since I was just a tike. I really want their 5 disc DVD edition of this. If anyone wants to donate to my cause, please feel free to do so. ;-)
See the full review, "Bergman's Swan Song".
The Double Life of Veronique
I rented this one once in high school but never was able to finish it as I was trying to study for exams & what not. Needless to say, the film stuck with me & I was glad we were granted a beautiful Criterion release for it many moons later. Irene Jacob is luminous.
Dvd cover
I've actually owned this on videocassette for years but the DVD print is sooo much better. Thank you Criterion!
Many people cite The Piano as their favorite Campion film but I still love this one more than any other. While The Piano & Angel At My Table are both brilliant works of undisputed art, Campion blew me away with this one.
In the Realm of the Senses
Perhaps the most strikingly erotic film I've ever had to endure. I bought the videocassette in my late teens from Critic's Chocie & a family member walked in while I was watching it. I tried explaining numerous times that I wasn't watching porn.
See the full review, "Controversy Soars To Great Heights On DVD".
Mala Noche
Criminally underrated Gus Van Sant work. This one was actually made prior to Drugstore Cowboy although Cowboy really put him on the indie map.
Poster for the film.
I've always wanted to see this one but the videotapes were getting increasingly difficult to find. Glad that we have been blessed with the DVD. Highly recommended.
Smiles of a Summer Night
Next to Fanny & Alexander, this is my second favorite Bergman film thus far. It's much more light-hearted, romantic, & it's a film that even Bergman haters would love.
Flesh for Frankenstein
Give me one reason why I should not love this? Morrissey, Dallesandro, & Warhol. Dude, this is freakin' awesome.
Timeless classic from Terry Gilliam. Rightfully deserved a Criterion release.

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November 19, 2009
cool list. I see you bought quite a few Criterion titles over the years. I still have to own Chasing Amy. Me, I don't buy the ricey ones, I just ask my friends for them during my birthdays and Christmas!
November 20, 2009
I rarely spend much on DVDs. If it's above $20, I usually wait for used copies or scout the websites for coupons such as Borders. Sometimes, these titles show up in used DVD bins in the local area though not very often unfortunately. This month, Barnes & Noble has a sweet deal on Criterion which I can't seem to beat and that's 50% off. Then again, gifts are always welcomed so hopefully friends & family will remember the Criterion name during birthdays or holidays. Thnks Woo man!!!
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