Criterion Blu-ray Review: Ousmane Sembene’s ‘Black Girl’

Length is overrated. Ousmane Sembene’s 1966 debut feature film Black Girl says so much in just 59 minutes, it can be dizzying to parse. Sembene took his simple story foundation and used it to build a dark indictment on racism. It is unarguably one of the most important films recently released on Blu-ray in the… Read More Criterion Blu-ray Review: Ousmane Sembene’s ‘Black Girl’

Criterion Blu-Ray Reviews: Kelly Reichardt’s ‘Old Joy’ and ‘Certain Women’

Kelly Reichardt’s films transport the viewer to parts of the U.S. often left unseen by Hollywood. Although born in Miami, Reichardt often trains her camera on the beauty of the Pacific Northwest or the wide open spaces of the West. Her two films in the Criterion Collection, Old Joy (2006) and Certain Women (2016) provide… Read More Criterion Blu-Ray Reviews: Kelly Reichardt’s ‘Old Joy’ and ‘Certain Women’

Criterion Blu-ray Review: Ernst Lubitsch’s ‘Cluny Brown’

Jennifer Jones was a tough nut to crack, for both directors and audiences. Someone as great as William Wyler could find it impossible to get a great performance from her, even in a dramatic role she was expected to perform well in. On the other hand, Ernst Lubitsch dug in deep to bring out her… Read More Criterion Blu-ray Review: Ernst Lubitsch’s ‘Cluny Brown’

Criterion Blu-Ray Review: Yasujiro Ozu’s ‘The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice’

Director Yasujiro Ozu’s collaboration with screenwriter Kogo Noda resulted in several classics, including Tokyo Story (1953), considered one of the greatest films ever made. But looking between the titles familiar to cinephiles all over the world reveals some fascinating efforts. One of those is The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice, made the year before… Read More Criterion Blu-Ray Review: Yasujiro Ozu’s ‘The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice’