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6 items from 2010

Ten MGM Films Likely To Find A Home In The Criterion Collection

20 September 2010 1:49 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Now that the 2010 line-up for the Criterion Collection has finally been announced with last week’s December titles, we can begin speculating on what we’ll get in 2011. With over 50 spine numbers in 2010, will we see # 600 in 2011? At the rate that Criterion is churning out these discs, we have to assume so. Where will they get all of these upcoming titles from?

Well, over the past few months we’ve seen several titles from MGM’s catalog announced, and hinted at in their monthly newsletter. Most likely due to MGM’s current financial problems, it’s nice to see Criterion stepping up to rescue these films from the abyss of “out of print”. If you head over to the various forums (CriterionForum.org, Mubi, etc.) you’ll find many people speculating on the MGM titles that Criterion has acquired the rights to. While some are mostly speculation, I have had »

- Ryan Gallagher

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Ryan Reviews Thomas Balmès’ Babies [Theatrical Film Review]

4 May 2010 6:48 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

As I move closer into the inescapable world of adulthood, I find myself cornered into the usual conversations about work, going back to school, and babies. I think it’s safe to say that many of you out there have experienced the same thing in one form or another. Going back home for the holidays, you inevitably find yourself defending whatever lifestyle choices you’ve made, and when you’ll fill the house with the screams and laughter of little ones. I won’t get too personal on this matter, but I’ll just say that I’m growing more enthusiastic about having children, and Thomas Balmes’ film, Babies, certainly didn’t hurt things. In fact, I challenge you all to see the film, or at the very least watch the trailer, and not fall in love with the idea of having children of your own, no matter how cynical you may be. »

- Ryan Gallagher

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Homage to Wall-e, Star Trek, Spider-man, Gone With The Wind (and More!) on The Simpsons

26 March 2010 11:14 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The Simpsons is still plenty capable of putting together a very entertaining half hour over two decades into its run, and this Sunday’s episode “Stealing First Base” was particularly suited for film geeks.  First, the episode’s delightfully gruesome “Itchy & Scratchy” short serve as an extended parody of the Philip Glass-scored Koyaanisqatsi as well as a brief mocking of 3D.  Later, a Bart kiss inspired a montage of famous romantic scenes in film history–including Spider-Man, Wall·E, Planet of the Apes, and Star Trek among others–which itself was a take on a reminiscent scene in Cinema Paradiso in borrowing Ennio Morricone’s beautiful “Love Theme” from the film.

Hit the jump to check out the clip and a list of the movies referenced. [via Upcoming Pixar]

In order, these are the films and television series included in the kiss montage:

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- Brendan Bettinger

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Kick-Ass needs its own kick-ass music

19 March 2010 5:32 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Instead, Matthew Vaughn's rather good new superhero movie is lumbered with soundtrack snippets from 28 Days Later and Sunshine

Don't get me wrong, I loved Kick-Ass. From beginning to end the film is a joy, a pleasant surprise to someone like me who had been massively unimpressed with Matthew Vaughn's previous movies, Layer Cake and Stardust. Both those films seemed to be the work of a director who had surrounded himself with a highly talented cast and crew while displaying no directorial presence himself: as a director he made a great producer. While they seemed smug and complacent in their competence, Kick-Ass is far more assured, with much more verve and character. It's up there with Iron Man and The Dark Knight as one of those superhero movies that does so much right that it'd be churlish to even mention any shortcomings. So, this is me being churlish.

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- Phelim O'Neill

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Free Flick of the Day: Koyaanisqatsi

12 February 2010 3:02 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Its name might be one of the least accessible and hard to spell in the halls of cinema, and the film might be almost 30 years old, but Koyaanisqatsi has stood the test of time. I'm not sure I've ever seen a film that's persevered like Koyaanisqatsi without having the weight of mainstream success or beloved actors to guide it. In fact, it's probably the only non-narrative film that I've ever heard casual moviegoers rave about.

Directed by Godfrey Reggio with music by Philip Glass, the film digs into the relationships between man, technology, and nature through a collection of time-lapse photography of a number of landscapes across the United States. A Hopi word, Koyaanisqatsi means "crazy life; life in turmoil; life out of balance; life disintegrating; a state of life that calls for another way of living." In other words -- it's a film that might be almost three decades old, »

- Monika Bartyzel

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YouTube movies: the diamonds among the debris

14 January 2010 2:43 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

You haven't seen Iranian Kidney Bargain Sale? Then you haven't dipped a toe into the motliest crew on record

The other day I finally got a chance to see Iranian Kidney Bargain Sale, a documentary I'd been meaning to get to for some time. Chronicling the adventures of assorted young Iranians who sell their kidneys to buy a taxi, or finance their ­education, or pay off debts, Iranian Kidney Bargain Sale is not the kind of movie that is readily available at most local video stores. But it is available – free – in the movie section at YouTube. So is a lot of other stuff.

Mostly when I visit YouTube it is to watch cats falling off chairs, parodies of Heath Ledger's turn as the Joker or sportscasters being tormented by stalking sock puppets. But it was recently pointed out to me that YouTube also has a section that is »

- Joe Queenan

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