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.
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.
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.
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/
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.