Béla Tarr’s 10 Favorite Films

With a new restoration of Béla Tarr’s 1994 opus Sátántangó now playing in theaters, today we’re taking a look back at the Hungarian maestro’s favorite films. It may not be quite as immersive as ...

Criterion Collection: The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice (1952) | Blu-ray Review

For those accustomed to the bittersweet greatest hits of Japanese auteur Yasujirô Ozu’s later period familial dramas, the lesser known 1952 social satire The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice reminds one ...

Bloody Spear At Mount Fuji Available on Blu-ray September 4th from Arrow Academy

Tomu Uchida’s Bloody Spear At Mount Fuji (1955) will be available on Blu-ray September 4th from Arrow Academy Praised by Japanese film critics and much admired by his contemporaries Akira Kurosawa ...

Blu-ray Review: Frank Borzage's Moonrise Glows for Criterion

Director Frank Borzage was never one to wallow in the darkness. He made quality dramas, his work spanning from the silent era into the early 1960s. Although one of the major filmmakers in his earlier ...

Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji out on Blu-Ray September 3rd, 2018

Praised by Japanese film critics and much admired by his contemporaries Akira Kurosawa and Yasujirô Ozu, Tomu Uchida nonetheless remains a little-known in the west. His 1955 masterpiece Bloody Spear ...

Paul Schrader on Directing ‘First Reformed’ and Directing One of Ethan Hawke’s Best Performances [Interview]

Paul Schrader on Directing ‘First Reformed’ and Directing One of Ethan Hawke’s Best Performances [Interview] Paul Schrader began his career in the movies as a film critic, but it wasn’t long before his Calvinist upbringing and his love of contemplative films from the likes of Yasujirô Ozu, Robert Bresson, ...

Hong Sang-soo’s 10 Favorite Films

With his nimble means of production resulting in some of the most formally profound, emotionally introspective films of this century thus far, South Korea’s ever-prolific Hong Sang-soo has carved out ...

10 Great Directors Who Should Make Horror Movies — IndieWire Critics Survey

10 Great Directors Who Should Make Horror Movies — IndieWire Critics Survey Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found ...

Episode 186 – Yasujiro Ozu’s An Autumn Afternoon

In this episode, David Blakeslee, Trevor Berrett and Matt Gasteier provide a conclusion to their conversations about “Late Ozu”, carried over from the final three episodes of The Eclipse Viewer ...

Favorite Moments from Locarno Festival 2017: Confronting Death, Raúl Ruiz Returns, Japan Diaries

The Wandering Soap OperaThis year at the Locarno Festival I am looking for specific images, moments, techniques, qualities or scenes from films across the 70th edition's selection that grabbed me and ...

'Columbus' Review: Boy Meets Girl, Modern Architecture in Poetic Indie Debut

'Columbus' Review: Boy Meets Girl, Modern Architecture in Poetic Indie Debut How do you make a ravishing romance about architecture? You'll find the answer with Kogonada, the video essayist and critic whose debut feature, Columbus, is a spellbinder. An immigrant from South ...

The Eclipse Viewer – Episode 60 – Late Ozu [Part 3]

http://criterioncast.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/60-Late-Ozu-Part-3.mp3 This podcast focuses on Criterion’s Eclipse Series of DVDs. Hosts David Blakeslee and Trevor Berrett give an overview of ...

The Eclipse Viewer – Episode 59 – Late Ozu [Part 2]

http://criterioncast.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Eclipse-Viewer-Episode-59-Late-Ozu-Part-2.mp3 This podcast focuses on Criterion’s Eclipse Series of DVDs. Hosts David Blakeslee and Trevor Berrett ...

The Eclipse Viewer – Episode 58 – Late Ozu [Part 1]

This podcast focuses on Criterion’s Eclipse Series of DVDs. Hosts David Blakeslee and Trevor Berrett give an overview of each box and offer their perspectives on the unique treasures they find inside. ...

All of the Films Joining Filmstruck’s Criterion Channel This July

Each month, the fine folks at FilmStruck and the Criterion Collection spend countless hours crafting their channels to highlight the many different types of films that they have in their streaming ...

Filmadrid & Mubi: The Video Essay—"永遠の処女 - The Eternal Virgin"

The Video Essay is a joint project of Mubi and Filmadrid Festival Internacional de Cine. Film analysis and criticism found a completely new and innovative path with the arrival of the video essay, a ...

Good Morning (ohayo)

It’s Yasujiro Ozu in light mode, except that his insights into the human social mechanism make this cheerful neighborhood comedy as meaningful as his dramas. Two boys go on a ‘talk strike’ because ...

David Reviews Yasujiro Ozu’s Good Morning [Criterion Blu-ray Review]

The long anticipated, seemingly inevitable but frustratingly overdue upgrade of Yasujiro Ozu’s second color film Good Morning finally became a reality earlier this week. A pristine new edition of ...

Review: “Good Morning” (1959; Directed by Yasujiro Ozu) (The Criterion Collection)

“Greetings And Farts” By Raymond Benson Master filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu’s late-period picture, Good Morning (Ohayō), is a curious, but amusing, slice-of-life portrait of a suburban neighborhood in ...

Yasujirō Ozu’s 1929 Short Film ‘A Straightforward Boy’ Has Been Found

There’s been an epic find for serious film buffs this week. A nearly-finished 1929 film called “Tokkan Kozo,” or “A Straightforward Boy,” by the hugely-influential Japanese filmmaker Yasujirō Ozu has ...

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