arthouse relief fund

The federal government’s recently-passed $2 trillion economic stimulus includes a $454 billion loan guarantee fund for businesses struggling from the economic blowback of the coronavirus, including movie theaters, which are facing a challenge like never before in the history of Hollywood. But it’s still unclear to me exactly what the timing will be on how the distribution of those funds will play out, and which theaters might be left standing when this pandemic eventually ends.

Today, the Criterion Collection and Janus Films have teamed up to start an arthouse relief fund for independent cinemas in the hopes that more than 150 theaters across the country will be able to pay their essential bills, including “payroll, insurance, rent, non deferrable loans, utilities, fundraising, and mortgages,” until we get through this period. Get the details below. Read More »

2019 Comedy Actress Roundtable

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch The Hollywood Reporter’s comedy actress roundtable with some of the big, potential Emmy contenders this year, such as Natasha Lyonne, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Maya Rudolph. Plus, Toy Story 4 director Josh Cooley runs through every key toy from the Pixar franchise, and actor and filmmaker Paul Dano raids Criterion Collection‘s movie closet. Read More »

Toy Story 4 Trailer Easter Eggs

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, check out some of the Easter eggs hidden in the most recent Toy Story 4 trailer that you might have missed. Watch the trailer for Avengers: Endgame recreated with footage from various Marvel animated shows, and follow Can You Ever Forgive Me? star Richard E. Grant as he wanders into the Criterion Collection closet. Read More »

Barry Jenkins Critterion Collection Picks

It’s been a hell of a year for director Barry Jenkins. The filmmaker has been getting all sorts of acclaim for his powerful coming of age drama Moonlight, which was just nominated for Best Picture last week. Jenkins himself also landed a nomination for Best Director, which isn’t a bad accomplishment for his sophomore effort behind the camera.

With the Academy Awards less than a month away, and Moonlight getting plenty of nominations at various awards ceremonies, Barry Jenkins has been making all sorts of publicity rounds (including the usual roundtable interviews with the major awards contenders in the directing arena). One of his more recent appearances will be something that cinephiles who have a fondness for the Criterion Collection will enjoy quite a bit. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

Before Midnight

Last month we got the very welcome news that Richard Linklater‘s Before trilogy would be joining the Criterion Collection. While the director’s SlackerDazed and Confused, and Boyhood are all part of the lineup already, it took Criterion a while to get around to tackling this one. But then again, Before fans are surely used to waiting — after all, it took nine years to get from each chapter of Jesse and Celine’s love story to the next.

Now, the wait is almost over. With just a couple of months to go until the trilogy hits shelves, Criterion has released the cover art for all three movies as well as the box set. Check it out below. Read More »

filmstruck

A few weeks ago, someone ran the numbers and realized that yes, Netflix’s film selection is getting worse. This only backed up what was clearly obvious to anyone who was already watching what was leaving the gargantuan streaming service every month and what was coming in – more great movies are leaving and fewer great movies are arriving on a pretty consistent basis. As competition rises from every corner of the internet and as the focus on original content continues to grow, Netflix is simply not the best place for adventurous film fans to watch movies.

But maybe FilmStruck can fill that void. Yes, this is yet another movie streaming service, but it is the work of Turner Classic Movies and the Criterion Collection, who have joined forces for this endeavor. In other words, it should have your attention.

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Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD

One of the best and most buzzed about movies of the year is still expanding in theaters across the country. That movie is Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood, the epic and amazing story told over 12 years with the same cast of characters. No matter how many people find, and fall in love with, Boyhood during its theatrical run, though many more will find it when it eventually hits the home market. And when that happens, it’ll get a release deserving of such an amazing film.

In a new interview, Linklater confirmed the film would be getting a Criterion Collection Blu-ray release some time in the near future with special features including footage shot over the 12 year production. Read more about the Boyhood Criterion below. Read More »

Del Toro Bleak House

Skywalker Ranch, the Pixar Campus, Quentin Tarantino’s home theater, Stanley Kubrick’s estate: all places a film fan would kill to visit, but few ever get the chance to see. Another spot undoubtedly on that list is Bleak House. That’s what Guillermo del Toro calls the additional house he bought to devote to his collection of cool stuff, including props, posters, toys, any -and everything you’ve ever wanted to own in the realm of sci-fi, fantasy, horror and movie memorabilia.

Most people never get to see it, but on the Criterion Collection DVD for Cronos, del Toro actually did a guided tour of the space. It’s been online for about a year, but we were just turned onto it. And it’s as awesome as you’d imagine. Read More »

Mondo Repo Man Criterion

Criteron fans who saw the artwork for this week’s release of Alex Cox‘s cult film Repo Man and thought, “That looks familiar” might have been 100% right. The work, commissioned by Criterion, was done by two of Mondo‘s familiar and talented artists: Jay Shaw and Tyler Stout. You can get the artwork on the Criterion release, out Tuesday, or as limited edition screenprints released by Mondo, also on Tuesday. Get the specifics below. Read More »

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Criterion’s Catalog Free on Hulu All Weekend

Briefly: Take any plans you have this weekend and flush them down the toilet. All of the Criterion Collection titles currently available on Hulu will be free to watch all weekend.

Available films include Seven Samurai, Breathless, Cronos, The Hidden Fortress, Wings of Desire, The Blob, Modern Times, City Lights, The Seventh Seal, The 400 Blows. Eraserhead, The Most Dangerous Game, Jules and Jim, Tokyo Story and many more. (Some of these are films that haven’t yet been issued on disc by the company, such as Eraserhead. Others are Criterion or Janus holdings that may never get a release under the Criterion banner.)

All free. Just click here.