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This week we take a look at the second Tomb Raider film, Which is a sequel I'm actually hopeful for, for once.

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I realized today while trying to write my next review (which is coming shortly, I promise) that I never mentioned whether I thought the movies I reviewed should be in the Criterion Collection which was my original intention when I started this blog. Therefore, I feel it's only fair to give a quick ultimatum for the first five movies that I've tackled, with the rest being in the reviews themselves starting with the next one. 


1.)Ghostbusters
I love Ghostbusters. Everyone loves Ghostbusters. It's an 80s classic, one of the movies that instantly comes to mind when talking about the Era. 

That being said, I'm happy if Ghostbusters remains a simple Laser Disc entry as far as The Criterion Collection is concerned. In recent months, more big budget blockbusters, aka movies that you've actually heard of, have been released by Criterion proving that they're starting to acknowledge their place in movie history. However, I'm not sure how Ghostbusters would do with ANOTHER Blu Ray Release in a world where it's been released over and over and over again in countless home video formats. Maybe once Blu Ray is replaced by Retinal Scanning or whatever, they can release it in that format. 

Final Verdict: Ghostbusters Deserves to be in the Criterion Collection as a Laser Disc. 

2.)Masques
I had a lot of fun with this movie.  It was an entertaining watch and I'd recommend it for anyone who doesn't mind watching a movie with subtitles. I honestly don't think it needs to be in the collection though. 

While it had an important director, that doesn't make the film itself important. It simply didn't do anything new, seeming to borrow almost every element from Hitchcock, including his infamous theme song. 

To be fair, I think this movie had the potential to be groundbreaking IF they had dug deeper into Catherine's brainwashing. I wanted more explanation as far as that was concerned and maybe a glimpse into her two psyches duking it out. Granted, that ALSO wouldn't have been anything original but it would have been potential for some character moments for Catherine herself. 

Final Verdict: Masques deserves to be acknowledged by the Criterion Collection on Hulu but not given an official release. 

3.)Dillinger is Dead

The Criterion Movie LOVES its Art Films. There are a great deal of them in the Collection itself that I will of course be covering in the future. That being said, I've only seen a small chunk of them so far so therefore I have to look at Dillinger is Dead thusly: Does the movie stand out among the rest of them? 

And I believe my answer is......sort of. I mean (Spoilers) it's no Eraserhead but it definitely has some surreal ideas out there that I've seen popping up in my dreams since I watched it for the first time, namely the gas mask factory at the beginning and the idea of swimming through home movies. 

I had no idea who Ferreri was before watching this movie but since watching, I've learned to truly love him as a director and I'm trying to find every single movie he has to offer for my personal mental databanks. 

That being said, I'd love to see this movie rereleased with more extras, maybe even a lesser movie slapped on there for good measure. Two interviews and the standard Commentary are not enough for me, I'm afraid. 

Final Verdict: Dillinger is Dead deserves to be rereleased by The Criterion Collection with the Extras it deserves. 

4.)The Fisher King

If you've been paying attention, you probably already know my answer here. I'm so, so, so, so,so, so, SO passionate about this movie, it's not even funny. It's incredible acting, incredible directing, incredible everything and it needs to be rereleased on BluRay by Criterion. Not enough people seem to be aware of this movie's existence despite the fact that it was nominated for multiple Oscars, even actually winning one of them. If it was rereleased, I would also be able to finally track down the Extras connected with it which I would love to actually see. Maybe Criterion could even add more? 

Final Verdict: The Fisher King deserves its spot in The Criterion Collection wholeheartedly and needs to be one of its future Blu Ray Releases as well.

5.)The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

I loved this movie too, although that's not a surprise given my adoration for Terry Gilliam. There are already a good chunk of his movies in The Criterion Collection which I will get to but in the meantime, all of them need to be given the official Blu Ray Treatment. They're so inventive and fun to look at that it would be a downright shame to just let some of them waste away in the Realm of the LaserDisc. Again, it would also be nice to actually see the Extras that were connected with the original release. If this doesn't happen, I'll have to track down a Laserdisc Player and I honestly don't want to have to do that. 

Final Verdict: The Adventures of Baron Munchausen deserves its spot in, and needs to be rereleased on BluRay by, The Criterion Collection. 

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Hey guys, 
For some reason, TGWTG keeps giving me a server error whenever I try to upload Criterion Criticisms Entry 003: Dillinger is Dead and I can't quite figure out why. 

In the meantime, you can read it here: http://criterioncriticisms.wordpress.com/2014/08/18/criterion-criticisms-entry-003-dillinger-is-dead/

Thank you. 

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CRITERION CRITICISMS ENTRY FIVEdownload (3)

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
Spine#LaserDisc144
Language:English
Cast:John Neville as Baron Munchausen
Sarah Polley as Sally Salt
Jonathan Pryce as The Right Ordinary Horatio Jackson
Robin Williams (as Ray D. Tutto) as The King of the Moon
Oliver Reed as Vulcan
Uma Thurman as Venus
Eric Idle as Berthold
Charles McKeown as Adolphus
Winston Dennis as Albrecht
Jack Purvis as Gustavis
Director:Terry Gilliam
Spoiler-Free Review: A great family movie with two instances of semi-vulgar word choices.
Content Warnings: The Word “Orgasm”, British People

FROM THIS POINT ON, I WILL BE DISCUSSING THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN IN DEPTH. DO NOT PROCEED IF YOU DO NOT WANT THE PLOT RUINED FOR YOU BEFORE WATCHING THE MOVIE, WHICH I HIGHLY RECOMMEND DOING.
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CRITERION CRITICISMS ENTRY FOUR

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The Fisher King (1991)
Spine#LaserDisc149
Language:English
Cast: Jeff Bridges as Jack Lucas
Robin Williams as Parry
Mercedes Ruehl as Anne
Amanda Plummer as Lydia
Michael Jeter as Very Flamboyant Homeless Cabaret Singer
Director: Terry Gilliam
Spoiler-Free Review: Watch this movie. Watch it and come back. You ready? Wasn’t that great?!?!?  Ok, let’s move on.
Content Warning: Naked Robin Williams, Jeff Bridges being Jeff Bridges, graphic violence

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 In my Masques review, I informed you, my lovely readers, that we were going to check in on the state of John DIllinger in the next review. However, I feel that it is necessary to go into detail about who John Dillinger is, as this is something that is not explained in detail by the move I’m about to review and a bit of backstory on this real world figure might be important for context details. Therefore, welcome to Plot Points, the post where I take a break from my opinions in order to bring you the facts you need to know. 

John Dillinger was an American gangster. He was born on June 22nd, 1903, grew up with a stepmother after losing his actual mother at the age of four, and from what I can tell, was on the receiving end of many MANY corporal punishments from his father. After growing into a teenager, Dillinger rebelled against what he saw as an abusive father and a fake mother to the extreme, getting in trouble with the law for everything from petty theft to grand theft auto. At one point, he joined the US Navy hoping to quell his trouble-making nature but nope, he found himself jumping ship in Boston and being dishonorably discharged for desertion.

Dillinger didn’t really start to focus until after being arrested for the theft of $50 from a grocery store. He was caught, pled guilty on the advice of his father, and proceeded to get 10 to 20 years in prison anyway. Behind bars, Dillinger decided that if he was going to be known as a notorious gangster, he was going to BE a notorious gangster and almost immediately after being paroled 9 1/2 years later, again on behalf of his father,  he immediately proceeded to steal $10,000 from a bank in New Carlisle, Ohio. He robbed a handful of banks over his criminal career, living up to the reputation he somehow built for himself in prison, eventually being taken down by the Feds in front of a movie theater on July 22, 1934. 

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CRITERION CRITICISMS ENTRY TWO

Masques (1987)
Spine#Hulu
Language:FrenchMasques
Cast: Philippe Noiret as Christian Lagagneur
Robin Renucci as Roland Wolf
Anne Brochet as Catherine
Roger Dumas as Manu
Pierre-Francois Dumeniaud as Max
Director: Claude Chabrol
Synopsis: Roland Wolf reaches out to Christian Lagagneur, the kind and easygoing host of a popular Elderly Talent Game Show in hopes to write his biography. However, as it turns out, both men have are hiding their true selves in order to further their own personal goals; Roland hopes to find his sister who disappeared in the very house he is sitting in and Christian, in the long run, just wants money.

Now this is more of the Criterion style. Obscure movies that either no one has heard of or know nothing of other than the name or a famous line. As this movie is a bit less mainstream and I guarantee that the majority of my readers have never heard of it, I will spend this intro giving a little background on the movie and its connection to Criterion. This is likely to be my usual format from this review on.

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Note: I want to apologize if this review is lackluster or messy in any way compared to my others. I merely uploaded it because I'm uploading all of the reviews that I've written thus far. I might go back and rereview this one someday to make it more true to form. 

CRITERION CRITICISMS ENTRY ONE

 Ghostbusters (1983)Image
 Spine# LaserDisc075
 Language: English
 Cast:  Dan Akroyd as Dr. Raymond “Ray” Stantz
Bill Murray as Dr. Peter Venkman
Harold Ramis as Dr. Egon Spengler
Ernie Hudson as Winston Zeddemore
Rick Moranis as Louis Tully
Sigourney Weaver as Dana Barrett
Annie Potts as Janine Melnitz
 Director: Ivan Reitman
 Synopsis: Three men, after deciding that they ain’t afraid of no ghosts, throw  away their lives as parapsychological researchers to capture the evil spirits of New York City. Purely for profit, of course.
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Didn’t see this one coming, did you? This is a collection of art films and culturally important documentaries, not a collection of the biggest blockbusters of the 1980s!

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Back in 2011, I was introduced to a movie critic and internet reviewer named Oancitizen. His area of expertise is in the world of art films and so called “high brow” cinema; in other words, movies that care very little about everyday logic and coherent plot structure in exchange for spreading a general message or theme using visuals and symbolism alone. I was instantly hooked not only by his reviews but by the idea of this whole subgenre that I had never given a second thought to.

A few reviews in, Oan was reviewing a movie called Antichrist which he happened to mention was part of The Criterion Collection, a name that he dropped but didn’t go into detail about. I figured this was my chance to learn more about the world of the films he’d been reviewing so I decided to do some research to figure out exactly what this Collection was supposed to be and if it’s something I wanted to pursue.

The Criterion Collection is, as the name suggests, a collection of what are supposedly quintessential examples of film (and in a few cases, TV Shows), ever growing and ever evolving. The group was started in 1984 by Robert Stein, Aleen Stein and Joe Medjuck. Criterion was originally founded to sell educational software and CDs, only later making the jump into selling movies on LaserDisc. During their humble beginnings, Criterion also focused on releasing current blockbusters of the time as well, probably in order to get their name recognized. By the time LaserDisc had fallen out of fashion, Criterion was well on its way to selling movies on DVD, followed by their own streaming service, a jump to Blu-Ray and, most recently, a move of their streaming service to Hulu, helpfully branded as the Criterion Section, which includes both current DVD titles and those that have yet to see an official release. Not being satisfied with simply releasing media in its original form however, Criterion also helped introduce Home Video staples such as letterboxing, audio commentaries and digital restoration. Typically, Criterion Movies are not considered to be “official” unless they have a high profile DVD/Blu-Ray release and spine number but personally, I tend to count every movie they release to be a Criterion Movie, no matter if it’s a Hulu Exclusive, a LaserDisc release or even a bonus feature movie that they’ve added onto the disc.

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over a decade ago we bought a bunch of pirated movies for like 50 cents per cd all in low quality. a lot of them were good movies in low quality. some of them were low budget rip offs of big movies. but only one of them was a low budget, horrible acting, sad sad attempt at making a movie. my brother and i watched this for the first 15 minutes, gave up, put it away and never touched it for over a decade.

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