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#1 Artem

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Posted 27 November 2006 - 01:22 PM

favourites?

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Posted 27 November 2006 - 01:27 PM

The Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas is fantastic.

Short Cuts is really nicely done as well.
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Posted 27 November 2006 - 01:29 PM

Rushmore Knife In the Water (2nd disc contains all of Polanski's short films)
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Posted 27 November 2006 - 01:32 PM

Depends on my mood Ikiru Bob Le Flambuer Beastie Boys Video Collection is probably the one I let play the most You really can't go wrong with Criterion. Maybe I should list films that didn't do much for me on Criterion Le Milion - glad I watched it but didn't do much for me Le Corbeau - kind of boring (I think it was my mood that day)
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Posted 27 November 2006 - 01:41 PM

I love their work, but what's up with having TWO Michael Freaking Bay films in the collection? :blink:
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Posted 27 November 2006 - 01:45 PM

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Posted 27 November 2006 - 02:17 PM

I enjoy the collection, except for the exhorbitant prices.

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Posted 27 November 2006 - 02:32 PM

i always mean to get the Rushmore one, but always end up either not finding it or forgetting that i want it
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Posted 27 November 2006 - 03:49 PM

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Posted 27 November 2006 - 04:12 PM

Any Fellini/Marcello Mastroianni(he's so dreamy) film.
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Posted 27 November 2006 - 04:19 PM

Any Fellini/Marcello Mastroianni(he's so dreamy) film.

I prefer the non-Marcello stuff

Nights of Cabiria
La Strada

Giulietta Masina kicks butt in both
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Posted 27 November 2006 - 04:31 PM


Any Fellini/Marcello Mastroianni(he's so dreamy) film.

I prefer the non-Marcello stuff

Nights of Cabiria
La Strada

Giulietta Masina kicks butt in both


8 1/2 kicks all kinds of asses.
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Posted 27 November 2006 - 04:36 PM



Any Fellini/Marcello Mastroianni(he's so dreamy) film.

I prefer the non-Marcello stuff

Nights of Cabiria
La Strada

Giulietta Masina kicks butt in both


8 1/2 kicks all kinds of asses.


But not Nights of Cabirias

8 1/2 seems to artsy to be considered a kick ass kind of film. Don't get me wrong it is a great film but not everyone can get into it. Nights of Cabiria can be shown to anyone who has a heart. I tend to enjoy art that has a universal feel to it.
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Posted 27 November 2006 - 05:54 PM

The Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas is fantastic.

Short Cuts is really nicely done as well.

Agreed on both.

I just watched "Kicking & Screaming" over the weekend. I'm not even sure why Criterion released it.

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Posted 27 November 2006 - 05:58 PM

The Cronenberg stuff (Dead Ringers and Videodrome)
Fassbinder's Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
Schloendorff's The Tin Drum
Terry Gilliam Brazil has a deluxe, 3-disc edition with more extras than you could shake a stick at or even realistically watch
Eric Rohmer's Claire's Knees has great interviews
John Cassavetes The Faces is chock full of goodies

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Posted 27 November 2006 - 06:00 PM

i feel in love with it from the first time i wathced it in my italian cinema class. i'm sure i'd love it even more if i studied it more indepth, but even being a fairly novice to films i still liked it. but, yeah, on the criterion topic, i'd like to see people naming their favourite releases and least favourite. i don't know how many of you guys are familiar with russian/soviet cinema, but criterion has some very good stuff. these are all considered classics: "alexander nevsky" (1938) by eisenstein "andrey rublev" (1966) by tarkovsky "the cranes are flying" (1957) by kalatozov and two of my favourite italian films: "big deal on madonna street" and "seduced and abandoned" regarding the issue of price as someone mentioned, i'd say it's one of the rare cases when the thing definetely deserves the cost.

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Posted 27 November 2006 - 06:00 PM

L'Avventura (directed by Antonioni) is great.

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Posted 27 November 2006 - 06:05 PM

The Cronenberg stuff (Dead Ringers and Videodrome)
Fassbinder's Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
Schloendorff's The Tin Drum
Terry Gilliam Brazil has a deluxe, 3-disc edition with more extras than you could shake a stick at or even realistically watch
Eric Rohmer's Claire's Knees has great interviews
John Cassavetes The Faces is chock full of goodies

Apparently, there used to be a print of John Woo's Hard Boiled that kicked ass, but it's out of print


mmmm...good stuff on that brazil set. flip through the 'love conquers all' version of the movie for a michael bay-like reinterpretation.

also...are there any criterion discs NOT worth getting? i've only had good luck so far, but surely there's a weak-featured dud out there?

oh, and 'au hasard balthazar' has some great features.
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Posted 27 November 2006 - 06:08 PM

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Buy them all!


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Essential Art House - 50 Years of Janus Films
Cost: $850

It includes..

ALEXANDER NEVSKY (1938)
ASHES AND DIAMONDS (1958)
L'AVVENTURA (1960)
BALLAD OF A SOLDIER (1959)
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1946)
BLACK ORPHEUS (1959)
BRIEF ENCOUNTER (1945)
THE FALLEN IDOL (1948)
FIRES ON THE PLAIN (1959)
FISTS IN THE POCKET (1965)
FLOATING WEEDS (1959)
FORBIDDEN GAMES (1952)
THE 400 BLOWS (1959)
GRAND ILLUSION (1937)
HÄXAN (1922)
IKIRU (1952)
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (1952)
IVAN THE TERRIBLE, PART II (1958)
LE JOUR SE LÈVE (1939)
JULES AND JIM (1962)
KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS (1949)
KNIFE IN THE WATER (1962)
THE LADY VANISHES (1938)
THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP (1943)
LOVES OF A BLONDE (1965)
M (1931)
M. HULOT'S HOLIDAY (1953)
MISS JULIE (1951)
PANDORA'S BOX (1929)
PÉPÉ LE MOKO (1937)
IL POSTO (1961)
PYGMALION (1938)
RASHOMON (1950) RICHARD III (1955)
THE RULES OF THE GAME (1939)
SEVEN SAMURAI (1954)
THE SEVENTH SEAL (1957)
THE SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE (1973)
LA STRADA (1954)
SUMMERTIME (1955)
THE THIRD MAN (1949)
THE 39 STEPS (1935)
UGETSU (1953)
UMBERTO D. (1952)
THE VIRGIN SPRING (1960)
VIRIDIANA (1961)
THE WAGES OF FEAR (1953)
THE WHITE SHEIK (1952)
WILD STRAWBERRIES (1957)
THREE DOCUMENTARIES BY SAUL J. TURELL

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Posted 27 November 2006 - 06:10 PM

Note, Chicago Public Library has a lot of the Criterions available for rental...just pray that the copy you get isn't all scratched to hell... :( I found these at HWLC: Scenes From A Marriage (the complete miniseries butscratched to hell, bastards) M. Hulot's Holiday Kwaidan Wild Strawberries Smiles of a Summer Night Une Femme Est Une Femme (includes rare interviews and an early Godard short) --and many more. You might also have to look around, because they shelve some of the supplemental discs separately from the main feature. My own home copy is Fanny & Alexander, which gives you the complete TV miniseries as well as the theatrical release, plus a incredible making-of documentary.

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