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10 Criterion Recommendations

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With the Barnes & Noble 50% off Criterion Blu-ray and DVD sale in full swing, film buffs across the country are hitting up the store to bulk up their home video collections with wonderfully produced discs comprised of foreign film classics, indie gems, obscurities, Hollywood classics and overall great films. Now, some folks out there might be overwhelmed by the company’s catalogue so I thought I’d help out by recommending some of my personal favorite releases of various eras and genres thus far. On with the list!

1. The Before Trilogy- Truth be told, I could have populated this list with several Richard Linklater films, but I decided to just choose this set which contains “Before Sunrise,” “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight.” Not only are these 3 films incredibly well acted and superbly written stories about love and relationships, but these 3 films make up one of the very best trilogies of all time.

2. Godzilla- Along with “King Kong,” the 1954 “Godzilla” is one of the best monster movies (although it’s much more than that). This set is also noteworthy for including not only the 1954 Japanese “Godzilla” (or “Gojira”), but the American version known as “Godzilla, King of the Monsters” as well.

3. Revanche- This Austrian thriller is the most obscure film on this list, but I wish it wasn’t as it deserves far more attention. Note: The less you know about this movie, the better.

4. Mulholland Drive- The work of David Lynch may not be for everyone, but “Mulholland Drive” is arguably his masterpiece. There’s a reason the film has been frequently cited as the best film of the past 18 years. It’s that good.

5. Blue Is The Warmest Color- A bold, raw, deeply emotional French character drama/love story.

6. Monsieur Verdoux- Sure, I could have put a silent comedy classic by Charlie Chaplin like “The Gold Rush” on this list, but I opted to pick this lesser known edgy black comedy talkie that he made later in his career.

7. Gimme Shelter- Part Rolling Stones concert film, part documentary, part horror story, entirely unforgettable.

8. The Silence of the Lambs- I don’t think I need to say much about this one. It’s better than fava beans and a nice chianti.

9. Night On Earth- For the indie film fans out there, it doesn’t get much better than the work of Jim Jarmusch. Once again, Criterion has released several Jarmusch films, but this quirky anthology film set inside taxi cabs in 5 different cities is a gem of a film.

10. Foreign Correspondent- I couldn’t end this list without mentioning an Alfred Hitchcock film. To date, Criterion has released several Hitchcock films like “Rebecca,” but this deeply underappreciated classic is actually my favorite of the currently in print titles. The movie has everything you could want from humor to, of course, suspense

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