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Sunday, 4 November 2012

It's CRITERION time!

Much as I (and perhaps many of you) might love watching Adventure Time episodes over and over again as my go-to form of cinematic entertainment, sometimes it's nice to watch something that requires a little more concentration, a little more narrative engagement, am I right? Luckily for all of us, we've just seriously restocked our Criterion Collection section here at the store! And now we have both DVDs and Blu-Rays!

Here's a small selection of our wares to REEL you in (har har):

One of my favourites from Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, shot as a fiction-documentary hybrid, in which a man claiming to be celebrated director Mosen Makhmalbaf enters the home and lives of a Tehran family, promising them parts in his new film...
Terry Zwigoff's intimate documentary portrait of store favourite R. Crumb! Candidly and colourfully details the lives of Crumb and of his "family of reclusive eccentrics".

This seminal Bergman film always makes me think of Christmas, although it isn't exactly one of those snuggly, feel-good holiday movies... I prefer this intense mix of melancholy, downright misery, and moments of immense joy, myself!

Ah, our favourite decrepit-mansion-dwelling ex-socialite mother-daughter pair! Who can resist the charms and idiosyncracies (not to mention the fashion!) of Big Edie and Little Edie?

One of American cinema's most beloved comedies, this is the story of the emotional and romantic bond between the young, wealthy, death-obsessed Harold, and the devil-may-care bohemian Maude, sixty year his senior
Hailed as one of Hollywood's unsung masterpieces, this is a Depression-era portrayal of generation gaps, family, and frustrations of aging. Apparently an inspiration for Ozu's celebrated Tokyo Story. Bonus: this cover is drawn by long-time D+Q artist and collaborator Seth!
My favourite Wim Wenders film, I think - it made me truly appreciate Harry Dean Stanton as an actor, for one thing. Plus I'm a sucker for those sweeping, soul-baring shots of the arid Texan landscape. A disturbing statement on the codes of masculinity, against a backdrop of "vast, crumbling canyons and neon".

For those of us who like our sci fi to be slow, bleak, gorgeous, and saturated with existential crises.
If you were captured by the raw and awkward humour/antics of this year's hit show Girls, you should probably check out Tiny Furniture, written, directed by and starring Lena Dunham before her HBO/teevee fame.
I just read Queneau's book, on which this film is based, and it was GREAT. Who can resist a feisty preteen anti-heroine who explores 1950s Paris on her own terms, running circles around the adults who try to control her, and ending all her sentences with her favourite expression:"mon cul!"?
And lastly, just for giggles, if you sometimes wish that Criterion would release some more, let's say - low brow masterpieces, check out this amazing and hilarious tumblr.

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