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Old 08-28-11, 07:21 PM   #30
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Re: September Criterion Challenge 2011 - List Thread



* = First time viewing
September 1
  1. Do the Right Thing - The Criterion Collection (1989) - Spine #97 - Starting with the first purchase that turned me on to the Criterion Collection. Although I already had Chasing Amy, Armageddon and Silence of the Lambs on DVD but the commentary and documentaries really showed me what's so great about this distribution company. OWNED
  2. Chasing Amy - The Criterion Collection (1997) - Spine #75 - This was the only Kevin Smith movie I ever got my family to watch. I'm such a Smith stan I can't remember how much I overpaid for this. I love that it still stands up for the unique but great plot. OWNED
  3. The Red Shoes - The Criterion Collection (1948) Audio commentary - Spine #44 - My first Criterion Blu! I rediscovered this classic when it was restored in 2009. I never got the DVD. When going through one of my Scorsese phases earlier this year, I learned about the Blu release. I knew I had to add to my collection. OWNED
  4. Robocop (1987) - "Dead or alive, you're coming with me." "I'd buy that for a dollar!" For every memorable quote or over the top action scene, I love this movie. Watched the unrated director cut for the “excessively violent” shots. NETFLIX

    September 2 - Themes Day
  5. Insignificance - The Criterion Collection (1985) * - Spine #566 - The title is a good word to describe my opinion of this one. Ebert gave it 3 stars and thought Theresa Russell's portrayal of a Marilyn Monroe doppelgänger carried the movie but I kept waiting for it to be over. BORROWED - LIBRARY
  6. House - The Criterion Collection (1977) * - Spine #539 - One word: Freaky BORROWED - LIBRARY
  7. Cronos - The Criterion Collection (1993) * - Spine #551 - One word: Freaky BORROWED - LIBRARY
  8. Jimi Plays Monterey & Shake! Otis at Monterey - The Criterion Collection (1986) * - Spine #169 - Man, I wanted Otis to play for another hour. For those young kids out there, this is the "Otis" Jay-Z and Kanye West sampled "Try A Little Tenderness." And Jimi... not only can I listen to Jimi, I can hear Jimi. BORROWED - LIBRARY
  9. Unfaithfully Yours (1948) * - After getting used to seeing Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady all these years it was fun to see him in this role. He even got to do a little slapstick! NETFLIX
  10. Some Like It Hot (1959) - Spine #074 (Laserdisc) NETFLIX

    September 3
  11. Brief Encounter (1945) * NETFLIX

    September 4
  12. The Killer (1989) - "Yo Meth, where my Killer tape at?" The Wu-Tang Clan turned me on to this John Woo classic through their samples used for their early albums. I remember trying to find this and Hard Boiled when they were going OOP (and the ridiculous amounts people paid for them). Maybe it will be remastered and released on Blu one day. BORROWED - LIBRARY
  13. Loves of a Blonde - The Criterion Collection (1965) * - Spine #144 - I know Milos Forman for his later works (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus, The People vs. Larry Flynt) but I've never any of his earlier work. BORROWED - LIBRARY
  14. Last Tango in Paris (1972) * - Spine #122 (Laserdisc) NETFLIX

    September 5
  15. Broadcast News - The Criterion Collection (1987) - Spine #552 - First time viewing for my wife. Still charming and it really captures a turning point in journalism, especially when compared to today's Internet, TMZ-chasing 24 hour news world. BORROWED - LIBRARY

    September 6
  16. Amarcord - The Criterion Collection * (1973) - Spine #4 - It can't touch my favorite Fellini film (La Dolce Vita) but was still entertaining to watch. I enjoyed rewinding the one part so my wife could learn to say "little hoodlums" (teppisti poco) in Italian! BORROWED - LIBRARY

    September 7
  17. Howards End - The Criterion Collection * (1987) - Spine #488 - Initially had reservations about this one (not a fan of BritLit movies) but from Vanessa Redgrave's performance through the rest of the movie, I found it to be very solid. BORROWED - LIBRARY

    September 8
  18. This Is Spinal Tap * (1984) - Spine #012 - I started smiling as soon as "Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight" starts playing... all the way to 11!!! NETFLIX

    September 9
  19. Singin' In The Rain * (1952) - Spine #052 (Laserdisc) - My old time favorite musical. Whether it's "Make 'Em Laugh" or "Good Morning" the dance routines make me smile every time. OWNED
  20. The Third Man - The Criterion Collection (1949) * - Spine #64 - BORROWED - LIBRARY

    September 10
  21. The Lady Vanishes - The Criterion Collection (1938) - Spine #03 - Watching this for the first time in awhile. Hearing Leonard Leff's video essay Mystery Train, a new about The Lady Vanishes and Hitch overall really added another dimension to the experience. BORROWED - LIBRARY
  22. Life During Wartime - The Criterion Collection (2010) * - Spine #574 - BORROWED - LIBRARY

    September 14
  23. Antichrist (2009) * NETFLIX
  24. The Seventh Seal - The Criterion Collection (1957) * - Spine #11 - After such a disturbing arthouse film, I needed to watch a classic one. BORROWED - LIBRARY

    September 15
  25. Beastie Boys Video Anthology - The Criterion Collection - Spine #100 - My favorite parts: the live version of “Three MCs and One DJ” and the director's cut of “The Robot vs. the Octopus Monster Saga.” OWNED

    September 16
  26. Pandora's Box - The Criterion Collection (1929) * - Spine #358 - BORROWED - LIBRARY
  27. Breathless (1960) * - BORROWED - LIBRARY
  28. A Night To Remember - The Criterion Collection (1958) * - Spine #7 - After watching Titanic earlier in the evening, this was a good way to finish off the day. BORROWED - LIBRARY

    September 17
  29. A Hard Day's Night (1964) - Spine #020 (Laserdisc) NETFLIX

    September 19
  30. Sanshiro Sugata (1943) * - Eclipse Series 23 - BORROWED - LIBRARY
  31. The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988) * - BORROWED - LIBRARY

    September 22
  32. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou - The Criterion Collection (2004) - Spine #300 - The brilliance of this film increases with every watching. I feel sorry for those who don't get it. BORROWED - LIBRARY
  33. I Vitelloni - The Criterion Collection (1956) - Spine #246 - Fellini rules. You can look at this like a 50s Italian version of Entourage. BORROWED - LIBRARY

    September 23
  34. Floating Weeds (1959) * - Spine #232 - My first Ozu movie. This transfer looks amazing. Even my wife made a comment about it. Would love to do a study on his films. BORROWED - LIBRARY

    September 24
  35. Man Is Not a Bird (1965) * BORROWED - LIBRARY

    September 26
  36. Innocence Unprotected (1968) * BORROWED - LIBRARY
  37. Love Affair, or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator (1967) * BORROWED - LIBRARY

    September 27
  38. The Earrings of Madame de... - The Criterion Collection (1953) * - Spine #232 - My first Max Ophuls film. I love the way he used so much motion and kept his characters centered in the frame. Crazy French love triangle! BORROWED - LIBRARY
  39. Kicking and Screaming (1995) * - Spine #349 NETFLIX
Optional Checklist

Spoiler:

Watch one film from every decade covered by Criterion.
-X- 1920 - Pandora's Box (1929)
-X- 1930 - The Lady Vanishes (1938)
-X- 1940 - Brief Encounter (1945)
-X- 1950 - Singin' In The Rain (1952)
-X- 1960 - A Hard's Day Night (1964)
-X- 1970 - Last Tango in Paris (1972)
-X- 1980 - Robocop (1987)
-X- 1990 - The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
-X- 2000 - Antichrist (2009)
-X- 2010 - Life During Wartime (2010)

Watch films in at least five languages.
-X- First language, Japanese, House.
-X- Second language, Spanish, Cronos.
-X- Third language, Cantonese, The Killer.
-X- Fourth language, Czech, Loves of a Blonde.
-X- Fifth language, Swedish, The Seventh Seal.

Watch films from five different directors in Criterion’s top 10 (Kurosawa, Bergman, Ozu, Malle, Fellini, Renoir, Powell, Godard, Truffaut, Rossellini)
-X- First director, Fellini, Amarcord
-X- Second director, Bergman, The Seventh Seal
-X- Third director, Godard, Breathless
-X- Fourth director, Kurosawa, Sanshiro Sugata
-X- Fifth director, Ozu, Floating Weeds

Watch a film from five different “themes” on Criterion’s website

-X- First theme name, America, America, Insignificance
-X- Second theme name, Animals, House
-X- Third theme name, First Films, Cronos
-X- Fourth theme name, Great Performances, Jimi Plays Monterey & Shake! Otis at Monterey
-X- Fifth theme name, Comedies, Unfaithfully Yours

Watch something from spine number range:
-X- 001-050 - The Red Shoes - Spine #44
-X- 051-100 - Beastie Boys Video Anthology - Spine #100
-X- 101-150 - Loves of a Blonde - Spine #144
-X- 151-200 - Jimi Plays Monterey & Shake! Otis at Monterey - Spine #169
-X- 201-250 - I Vitelloni - Spine #246
-X- 251-300 - The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou - Spine #300
-X- 301-350 - Kicking and Screaming - Spine #349
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-X- 401-450 - The Earrings of Madame de... - Spine #445
-X- 451-500 - Howards End - Spine #488
-X- 500-550 - House - Spine #539
-X- 551-600 - Broadcast News - Spine #552
-X- an Eclipse title - Sanshiro Sugata
-X- Watch a title not released on DVD by Criterion - Some Like It Hot - Spine #074 (Laserdisc)

-X- Watch a film which won an Academy Award - The Silence of the Lambs (1991 BEST PICTURE)
-X- Watch a film with commentary – The Red Shoes
-X- Read an essay - A Night to Remember By Michael Sragow
-X- Watch a short - Mystery Train, a video essay about Hitchcock and The Lady Vanishes by Hitchcock scholar Leonard Leff
-X- Watch a Criterion disc completely. - Do the Right Thing - Spine #97
-X- Watch an entire Criterion Collector's Set/Eclipse Box Set - Eclipse Series 18: Dušan Makavejev—Free Radical
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Last edited by popcorn; 09-27-11 at 11:16 PM.
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