Watching my collection of Criterion Collection films

I don’t have the largest collection of Criterion films, but it is large enough to make me feel guilty about not watching all of the films on my shelves.

This page follows my goal to watch and review every Criterion Collection film I own. I start from #1, Seven Samurai, and go from there.

10 most recent reviews

#157 General Idi Amin Dada: A Self-Portrait. Dir., Barbet Schroeder

Barbet Schroeder’s documentary is filled with scene after scene of Idi Amin rambling. During one of them he claims that he once ran one hundred meters in 9.8 seconds. If true, Amin would have set the men’s sprinting record decades before this time was officially recorded by Maurice Greene in 1999. Compared to Idi Amin’s … Continue reading #157 General Idi Amin Dada: A Self-Portrait. Dir., Barbet Schroeder

#93 Black Narcissus. Dirs., Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger

The shooting of Black Narcissus at Pinewood Studios, London, England is partly what makes the film so beautiful. For the audience to believe that St. Faith, the new school and hospital for a small Indian village, is situated high up in the Himalayas, giant matte paintings created an illusion that green valleys were thousands of … Continue reading #93 Black Narcissus. Dirs., Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger

#90 Kwaidan. Dir., Masaki Kobayashi

Kwaidan is comprised of four Japanese ghost stories, each inspired by one of the stories in Lafcadio Hearn’s 1904 anthology, Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things. At the time of filming, Kobayashi’s Kwaidan was the most expensive Japanese film ever produced. Its high cost of production is up on the screen. As the film … Continue reading #90 Kwaidan. Dir., Masaki Kobayashi

#53 Sanjuro. Dir., Akira Kurosawa

A DVD copy of Sanjuro was gifted to me. If I had purchased a hard copy myself, I definitely would never have skipped buying Yojimbo, the first in the pair of films about Sanjuro, the ronin who names himself “30 years old”. Sanjuro is a film for the those–investors and samurai fans alike–who wanted more … Continue reading #53 Sanjuro. Dir., Akira Kurosawa

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