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What are you watching on the Criterion Channel?

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Electric, Jan 2, 2020.

  1. palisantrancho

    palisantrancho Forum Resident

    Looks amazing. Criterion is having their 50 percent off sale. I’m tempted! I wish I had a few hundred dollars to spare during one of these flash sales! Now with so many great films being played on the channel I don’t buy many anymore.
     
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  2. Holerbot6000

    Holerbot6000 Forum Resident

    Location:
    California
    It's hard to save money when Criterion keeps having these flash sales!! The site is pretty slow so I think a lot of people are pouncing., but I finally got my order in. Always fun to have a new batch of Criterions to work through.
     
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  3. Tanx

    Tanx Forum Resident

    Location:
    Washington, DC
    Watched Pierrot le Fou last weekend at my daughter's request. In the past few months, we've also watched Breathless, Weekend, and La Chinoise. I really liked the last, but I'm ready to leave Godard alone for awhile.
     
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  4. palisantrancho

    palisantrancho Forum Resident

    I love Pierrot le Fou and several other of his films, but you do have to be in the mood and a little goes a long way. I started watching Masculin Feminin last night, which I’ve seen many years ago and liked, but I turned it off after 20 minutes. I just wasn’t getting into it last night.
     
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  5. Holerbot6000

    Holerbot6000 Forum Resident

    Location:
    California
    I love some of his movies but I had a hard time getting through Pierrot le Fou. I do love his weirdness but perhaps when it peppers a more linear story like Band of Outsiders or Breathless. I guess I need that narrative anchor.
     
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  6. NickySee

    NickySee NickyBoo

    Location:
    College Park, GA
    True, but there's always that old chestnut that you've been meaning to buy. For me it's The Killers (2 version/2 DVD set), which is cheaper through the sale than anywhere else right now. And it's seldom streaming on the channel. Since we've already gone slightly off the rails here's a flash suggestion vid to go along with the sale -

     
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  7. NickySee

    NickySee NickyBoo

    Location:
    College Park, GA
    Shhhhhhh. Just found a streamer. :cool:



    I'm fairly certain the Criterion Edition comes with Tarkovsky's student film version of it, too. Keeper.
     
  8. Finally saw The Honeymoon Killers as part of the “Lovers on the Run” collection; not as good as its reputation, but still a worthwhile viewing. I wish more care had been put into recording the speech though, as the room reverb sometimes made dialogue unintelligible. And I wonder if Divine picked up some of his acting style from the female lead here.
     
  9. Holerbot6000

    Holerbot6000 Forum Resident

    Location:
    California
    Me too! It feels kind of like Divine picked up his/her whole shtick from the Big Nurse. I think John Waters was probably a big sexploitation fan in general. The more of that stuff I see, the more little bits and pieces remind me of his work.
     
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  10. Holerbot6000

    Holerbot6000 Forum Resident

    Location:
    California
    Yeah since most of the movies I wanted haven't been released yet, I finally crossed some items off the wishlist. The Phantom Carriage, Orpheus, Vampyr and the Bunuel box. I should have enough weirdness to last me for a little while now. At least until the next Flash sale...:laugh:
     
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  11. NickySee

    NickySee NickyBoo

    Location:
    College Park, GA
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    For me it's Grant's female counterparts that intrigue me most. Any actress that could stand up next to him - and even outshine him - were his best films (imo).

    Did the Hepburn thing a few weeks ago. It's Mae West's turn. Think this is the best of the two streaming -

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    I'm No Angel (1933, Wesley Ruggles)
     
  12. stepeanut

    stepeanut Sonic Art Union

    Ha!

    Elliot, as seen in this video, is from my home town. He used to work in a local music/film retail store. The COVID beard is new.
     
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  13. Claus LH

    Claus LH Forum Resident

    I am familiar with Oshima's reputation, but he is one of the directors whose works I have yet to see in full. "Senses" is on my list.
    "Lawrence", to me, feels like he's reaching for something that doesn't get fully articulated.

    C.
     
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  14. Electric

    Electric The Medium is the Massage Thread Starter

    Watched my first Kieślowski film yesterday after reading the discussion here. Can't say I'm totally impressed like I would be with any Tarkovsky film. There is something missing for me, not sure exactly what? Perhaps an unsustainable metaphysics and therefore a film that ends up promising more than it delivers. Will watch one more of his soon to find out if this is his pattern, or not?

    The Double Life of Véronique
    Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski • 1991 • France
    Starring Irène Jacob, Philippe Volter, Sandrine Dumas

    Krzysztof Kieślowski’s international breakthrough remains one of his most beloved films, a ravishing, mysterious rumination on identity, love, and human intuition. Irène Jacob is incandescent as both Weronika, a Polish choir soprano, and her double, Véronique, a French music teacher. Though unknown to each other, the two women share an enigmatic, emotional bond, which Kieślowski details in gorgeous reflections, colors, and movements. Aided by Slawomir Idziak’s shimmering cinematography and Zbigniew Preisner’s haunting, operatic score, Kieślowski creates one of cinema's most purely metaphysical works. THE DOUBLE LIFE OF VÉRONIQUE is an unforgettable symphony of feeling.

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  15. Don P.

    Don P. Forum Resident

    Location:
    Upstate NY
    This is the only film that I bought on vhs and upgraded to dvd and currently own on blu-ray. Well worth it to me. Terrific film.
     
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  16. stepeanut

    stepeanut Sonic Art Union

    Véronique is a masterpiece, IMO, and one of Kieślowski’s finest works. If this didn’t blow you away, it’s possible you’ll never quite get on the director’s wavelength.

    That said, you’re willing to try another, which is a positive. My recommendation is A Short Film About Love, which is the theatrical version of Dekalog #6. The television version was my gateway into Kieślowski, more than 30 years ago, and it’s still a personal favourite.

    A Short Film About Killing (Dekalog #5) is also a powerful piece of work.
     
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  17. polchik

    polchik Forum Resident

    this is an interesting comment!

    it makes me want to revisit the film, as i've never encountered such a reaction.

    and you know what .... i have this on blu, after owning the dvd for years, and i have not yet viewed it. so you've given me a wonderful excuse to watch it again LOL.

    glad you're still interested in exploring his work.

    and as much as i love his final work, the three color trilogy, i'd recommend 'blind chance' and 'dekalog' (the entire 10 short film suite) ... but as that is a serious commitment stepeanut's suggestions of #6 and #5, is also another great choice.

    either way i salute you for your curiosity!
     
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  18. Electric

    Electric The Medium is the Massage Thread Starter

    Yes, I'm all eyes! ;) Let's converse again after your revisitation.
    Will be watching Blind Chance next. :)
     
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