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Criterion has posted Jane Campion's "Top 10" list, in which she ranks her favorite titles put out by the prestigious DVD and Blu-ray company. The list includes only nine films, but among them are Jean-Luc Godard's "Contempt," Federico Fellini's "La Strada" and Yasujiro Ozu's "Tokyo Story." Full list below. Campion will receive the Carosse d'Or and head the Short Film and Cinefondation jury at Cannes later this week. The director's excellent mystery series, "Top of the Lake," which she co-wrote, produced and directed in part, recently concluded on the Sundance Channel. You can read Campion's comments on each film here. Campion's Top 9 for Criterion: 1. The Seven Samurai (dir. Akira Kurosawa, 1954) 2. The Night Porter (dir. Liliana Cavani, 1974) 3. The Firemen's Ball (dir. Milos Forman, 1967) 4. That Obscure Object of Desire (dir. Luis Bunuel, 1977) 5. Contempt (dir. Jean-Luc Godard, 1963) 6. Tokyo Story (dir. Yasujiro Ozu, 1953) 7. La Strada (dir. Federico Fellini, 1954) 8. Scenes from »
- Beth Hanna
Mk Raghavendra, in his column Minority View, writes about Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master”
Paul Thomas Anderson is not an easy American filmmaker to characterize but his work is perhaps best understood as an American response to European art cinema of the post-war years. Classical Hollywood cinema or studio filmmaking from the 1920s onwards has insisted on a plot which is driven by individual motivation and, as David Bordwell notes, European art cinema from Neo-realism onwards positioned its narratives in opposition to Hollywood. It relied on looser causal linkages and with less dependence on the motivated individual.
European films ranging from Bergman’s Wild Strawberries (1957) and Fellini’s La Strada (1954) to Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless (1960) and Michelangelo Antonioni’s The Passenger (1975) are about people who, rather than being goal-oriented, are either unable to act decisively or are reflecting on the results of the past actions. The two major principles »
- MK Raghavendra
Great news for cinephiles and wannabe cinephiles alike: From now until Feb. 18, every single one of the Criterion Collection’s streaming titles on Hulu is available to watch whether you’ve got a Hulu Plus account or not.
To clarify, this doesn’t mean that Criterion’s entire collection of some 910 films is streaming for free. But even if only a portion of that selection is available on Hulu, there are still tons of high-quality films to choose from — meaning that it’s fairly daunting even to figure out where to start. Thankfully, Criterion itself has a suggestion:
Wondering where to start? »
- Hillary Busis
Our daily January countdown of the 300 Greatest Films Ever Made continues, with part eight out of 30. These are numbers 230-221.
228) Oliver (1968) Carol Reed British
223) Goodbye Mr. Chips (1937) Sam Woods British
222) The Last Picture Show (1971) Peter Bogdonovitch USA
Numbers 220-211 coming next.
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Criterion has revealed the following piece of art revealing clues as to what they will be offering in 2013. Commenters have already clued in to a few of the more obvious titles such as Harold Lloyd's Safety Last!, Guillermo del Toro's The Devil's Backbone, David Lynch's Eraserhead and Delmer Daves's 3:10 to Yuma as well as speculation on titles such as Charlie Chaplin's The Kid, Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Samourai, Federico Fellini's La Strada, Ingmar Bergman's Autumn Sonata, David Cronenberg's Scanners, Peter Brook's Lord of the Flies and Gabriel Axel's Babette's Feast. What titles do you see and what clues match your guesses? »
- Brad Brevet
5 items from 2013
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