Criterion Collection · Japan · Samurai

#02 Seven Samurai (1954)

Criterion Challenge #02 Seven Samurai (1954) 1954 // Japan // Akira Kurosawa Release: Apr 21, 1998 (1998 Edition with Restoration Demonstration) Mar 16, 1999 (1999 Edition) Sep 5, 2006 (Re-release) Oct 19, 2010 (Blu-ray) Rewatching SEVEN SAMURAI is like a trip to the memory lane, back to the good old days of being a novice. It… Continue reading #02 Seven Samurai (1954)

Criterion Collection · Summary

Summary of Criterion Challenge Phase 01

My “Criterion Challenge Phase 01”  is ended with the acknowledgment of the Letter Never Sent. In order to have a quick look-back before indulging on the next set of films, I’m gonna credit the pictures, including associated casts and crews, with categories of “Best” awards. These are personal choices so feel free to object (or… Continue reading Summary of Criterion Challenge Phase 01

Criterion Collection · Drama · Soviet Union

#601 Letter Never Sent (1959)

Criterion Challenge #601 Letter Never Sent 1959 // Soviet Union // Mikhail Kalatozov Spine #601 Release: Mar 20, 2012 Four explorers descended (literally, as shown by the rising opening shot presumably taken from a helicopter) onto the land of Siberia plateau, looking for diamonds as suggested by some geographical evidence. Reminding me of the gold prospecting… Continue reading #601 Letter Never Sent (1959)

Criterion Collection · Drama · Sweden

#701 Persona (1966)

Criterion Challenge #701 Persona   1966 // Sweden // Ingmar Bergman Spine #701 Release: Mar 25, 2014 The release of PERSONA was a significant and historic moment in the history of Criterion Collection, even with the spine number of 701, the 700 works beforehand seem to be diminished under PERSONA’s shadow. PERSONA is one of… Continue reading #701 Persona (1966)

Crime · Criterion Collection · Film Noir · Mystery · United States

#779 Mulholland Dr. (2001)

Criterion Challenge #779 Mulholland Dr. 2001 // United States // David Lynch Spine #779 Release: Oct 27, 2015 “Are you watching a movie, or are you dreaming?” I heard my own voice asking just after my first trip to MULHOLLAND DRIVE years ago. The experience was hypnotic and confusing, my senses were aroused to an extent… Continue reading #779 Mulholland Dr. (2001)

Drama · Germany · Road Movie · United States

#501 Paris, Texas (1984)

Criterion Challenge #501 Paris, Texas 1984  // Germany, France, United States // Wim Wenders Spine #501 Release: Jan 26, 2010 “Paris.”After more than 20 minutes into the film, “Paris” is the first word we heard coming out from the mouth of the protagonist, the desert wanderer Travis, played by the magnificent character-actor Harry Dean Stanton, with such… Continue reading #501 Paris, Texas (1984)