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‘The Squid and the Whale’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

23 January 2017 2:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Owen Kline, William Baldwin, David Benger, Anna Paquin | Written and Directed by Noah Baumbach

As they bicker over the tennis net and over the dinner table, there’s tension in the Berkman family from the start. The year is 1986, and a pair of middle class Brooklyn parents are on the cusp of divorce. As we discover, it’s been coming for a long time. Joan (Laura Linney) had an affair for four years. Bernard (Jeff Daniels) is jealous of his wife’s blossoming career, as he finds his own on a down slope.

Upon hearing the devastating news of the separation, the younger son Frank (Owen Kline) starts speaking obscenely and behaving obscener. His older brother Walt (Jesse Eisenberg) is more measured in his grief, but his cocky swagger is no more convincing a mask for the pain. As Joan and Bernard bellow, »

- Rupert Harvey

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‘Landline’ Review: ‘Obvious Child’ Duo Reunites For A Bigger, Better, Messier Comedy That’s Totally Off The Hook

20 January 2017 8:31 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Sex happens in the shower, love happens in the bath. Among its other virtues, Gillian Robespierre’s “Landline” is the rare movie that appreciates the difference between the pleasure of standing in the water and the satisfaction of soaking in it — the difference between trying someone on for size and swishing around in their dirt until your skin prunes and the water runs cold. Almost everything that a second feature should be, the film is bigger, richer, shaggier, and more satisfying than Robespierre’s “Obvious Child,” though obviously a product of the same irreverent imagination. It’s that most elusive of indie dramedies: An honestly told story about the messiness of human relationships.

Set in the fall of 1995, a magical time when people kept all of their secrets on floppy discs and Donald Trump was still just a punchline, “Landline” unfolds like a less caustic version of “The Squid and the Whale, »

- David Ehrlich

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Criterion Now – Episode 1

9 January 2017 5:00 AM, PST | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

We kick off a new podcast by looking at the New Year’s Drawing, FilmStruck, Dardennes, De Sica, and introduce what is to come on the series.

Episode Links & Notes

4:40 – Overview of Show

7:45 – Wacky New Year’s Drawing Discussion

24:20 – Short Takes (The Asphalt Jungle, Blood Simple, Roma, Persona, The Squid and the Whale

52:00 – FilmStruck

2017 Criterion Wacky Drawing FilmStruck Criterion Cast – Ghost World Criterion Close-Up – Blood Simple Panique – Rialto Trailer Criterion Cast 179 – 2017 Wish List Magic Lantern – Ants in Your Pants, Best of 2016 Aaron’s Ranking of 2016 Criterion Films Criterion Cast – Janus Films Announces The Lure The Lure – Trailer Episode Credits Aaron West: Twitter | Blog | Letterboxd Cole and Ericca: Podcast | Twitter Mark Hurne: Twitter | Letterboxd Matt Gasteier: Criterion Considered | Letterboxd Criterion Now: Twitter Criterion Cast: Facebook | Twitter

Music for the show is from Fatboy Roberts’ Geek Remixed project.


- Aaron West

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