Spione fell towards the end of a body of work that has few equals in the early cinema. Sure, Murnau is a contender, and no one would argue that the works of Jean Epstein, Louis Feuillade and Abel Gance weren’t medium shaping accomplishments, but pop culture has it that Fritz Lang’s run during the Wiemar era stands as one of the greats. Working alongside his wife Thea von Harbou, Lang crafted some of the most fondly remembered films of the period, from Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler to M, via Metropolis, perhaps the grandest of them all. Continue reading
Welcome to this month’s Criterion Memorandum. Join us, as we take a look at the latest announcements from the esteemed US boutique home video label. Continue reading
Today is the day that an infinite number of stand-up comedy DVDs hits stores in time for Christmas. In amongst the likes of Mrs. Brown’s Boys lay a few gems.
The BFI Days Of Fear And Wonder science fiction celebration is in full swing, and the BFI have produced a number of tie-in pieces around the event with a couple of DVD and Blu-ray releases and a big format companion book leading the way. Continue reading
We haven’t seen Tom Hardy’s canine-orientated Dennis Lehane adaptation, which opens in the UK today. Instead here’s Cinephile Dog, our Instagram account which collates images of auteurs and iconic film-stars and dogs.
I checked out the new US Snowpiercer Blu-ray over the weekend. It’s the definitive home video release of a film plagued by distribution problems in the West, thanks to the overzealousness of Harvey Weinstein who has the distribution rights to the film in the US and the UK. Continue reading
We’ve been looking to work with Tom Bond for some time now. Here he is examining the emotional backbone of the work of Christopher Nolan. Plot details for the entire Nolan oeuvre lie ahead, tread lightly if you’ve yet to see Interstellar. Continue reading
This month’s Criterion Memorandum runs a little late due to the 15th of November falling on a Saturday. Fret not, it’ll be live next Monday, and in the meantime here’s a reminded that the famous Barnes And Noble sale begins today. Continue reading
In amongst a wealth of Christmas themed discs and box-sets lay a couple of gems, this week in home video.
Super Mario Bros. – The Movie is a miracle of a film. That it exists at all is something of an achievement, but that it was assembled with a noteworthy cast and crew elevates it even higher. Continue reading