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My Crasy Life
Directed by Jean-Pierre Gorin
1992

Part of Criterion’s Eclipse series Three Popular Films by Jean-Pierre Gorin, My Crasy Life is a documentary about the S.O.S. “Sons of Samoa” gang based in Long Beach, CA. 

Prior to his documentaries on Southern California, Gorin was known for collabing with fellow New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard during his radical lefty phase as part of the “Dziga Vertov Group”. Together they put out the film Tout Va Bien starring Jane Fonda, as well as the short film Letter To Jane, where both he and Godard literally just show a photo of Jane Fonda in Vietnam and they talk about it for like an hour. Fortunately, this documentary is nowhere near as pretentious and is pretty much the total opposite.

The documentary itself is a mix of candid interviews, COPS style footage, a bizarre HAL-9000 talking cop car (?) and staged events where the gang cheeses in front of the camera and tries to look like their life is a never-ending Snoop video. There’s even a scene, arguably the best scene, where they’re like 20 deep in a recording studio and then after a few bars go into an a capella of “Teenager In Love" which instantly makes them the most adorable thugs second to this photo of Tupac holding a puppy.

I loved this movie because it does what great documentaries do and that’s shed a light on a particular topic or subject that would normally go unnoticed and captures it in the most vivid of detail. In this case, it takes the subject of 90’s South Central L.A. crips but shows it in the perspective of Samoans in Long Beach. This film also might be the most hood thing Criterion has put out and for that alone, it’s great. It makes me wish that somewhere out there exists a similar artsy documentary on the Freaknik concerts but sadly I don’t think there is.

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no surprise that a film as angry, confrontational, and immediate as Pontecorvo’s BATTLE OF ALGIERS has inspired such a wealth of unique and arresting one-sheets from artists the world over. 

Criterion’s BATTLE OF ALGIERS blu-ray is out today.

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Repulsion Criterion Film Festival Poster
Illustration by Paul Maybury / Design by Eric Skillman
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Repulsion Criterion Film Festival Poster

Illustration by Paul Maybury / Design by Eric Skillman

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April 26th can not come sooner.

April 26th can not come sooner.

Modern Times Criterion cover
Designed by Sam Smith2010 
Barnes & Noble is still having their 50% Off Criterion Sale so you can pick this up for $15 (or $20 on Blu-Ray). Most Chaplin DVDs go for like $30 so this is hella cheap. And it’s Criterion! Super official! Exclamation marks!

Modern Times Criterion cover

Designed by Sam Smith
2010 

Barnes & Noble is still having their 50% Off Criterion Sale so you can pick this up for $15 (or $20 on Blu-Ray). Most Chaplin DVDs go for like $30 so this is hella cheap. And it’s Criterion! Super official! Exclamation marks!

AK 100: 25 Films by Akira Kurosawa Box Set
Consisting of 25 of his films plus a hardcover illustrated book with photos, Criterion has put together this epic linen-bound box set celebrating Kurosawa’s 100th birthday.
Includes:
Sanshiro Sugata (1943)
The Most Beautiful (1944)
Sanshiro Sugata Part Two (1945)
The Men Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail (1945)
No Regrets for Our Youth (1946)
One Wonderful Sunday (1947)
Drunken Angel (1948)
Stray Dog (1949)
Scandal (1950)
Rashomon (1950)
The Idiot (1951)
Ikiru (1952)
Seven Samurai (1954)
I Live in Fear (1955)
Throne of Blood (1957)
The Lower Depths (1957)
The Hidden Fortress (1958)
The Bad Sleep Well (1960)
Yojimbo (1961)
Sanjuro (1962)
High and Low (1963)
Red Beard (1965)
Dodes’ka-den (1970)
Kagemusha (1980)
Madadayo (1993)
I wish I could say I’ve seen more Kurosawa films. I’ve probably seen about 10 of these, and those are mostly his collabs with Toshiro Mifune. Love the packaging and everything as usual, but the majority of these films can be checked out at the public library or on netflix so I’ll save myself the $300 and do just that. Epic collection, nonetheless.
MORE INFO / BUY IT HERE
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AK 100: 25 Films by Akira Kurosawa Box Set

Consisting of 25 of his films plus a hardcover illustrated book with photos, Criterion has put together this epic linen-bound box set celebrating Kurosawa’s 100th birthday.

Includes:

  • Sanshiro Sugata (1943)
  • The Most Beautiful (1944)
  • Sanshiro Sugata Part Two (1945)
  • The Men Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail (1945)
  • No Regrets for Our Youth (1946)
  • One Wonderful Sunday (1947)
  • Drunken Angel (1948)
  • Stray Dog (1949)
  • Scandal (1950)
  • Rashomon (1950)
  • The Idiot (1951)
  • Ikiru (1952)
  • Seven Samurai (1954)
  • I Live in Fear (1955)
  • Throne of Blood (1957)
  • The Lower Depths (1957)
  • The Hidden Fortress (1958)
  • The Bad Sleep Well (1960)
  • Yojimbo (1961)
  • Sanjuro (1962)
  • High and Low (1963)
  • Red Beard (1965)
  • Dodes’ka-den (1970)
  • Kagemusha (1980)
  • Madadayo (1993)

I wish I could say I’ve seen more Kurosawa films. I’ve probably seen about 10 of these, and those are mostly his collabs with Toshiro Mifune. Love the packaging and everything as usual, but the majority of these films can be checked out at the public library or on netflix so I’ll save myself the $300 and do just that. Epic collection, nonetheless.

MORE INFO / BUY IT HERE

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2 or 3 Things I Know About HerJean-Luc Godard1967
Yeah so, Barnes & Noble’s online store has this EPIC deal going on where they got all/most of their Criterion Collection DVD’s on sale for 50% OFF. This includes the new Godard releases of 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her and Made In USA which just came out today. Oh and you know, all the other ridiculously good films put out by Criterion. FFFFFUUUUU gonna be spending way too much money in the next few weeks……
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2 or 3 Things I Know About Her
Jean-Luc Godard
1967

Yeah so, Barnes & Noble’s online store has this EPIC deal going on where they got all/most of their Criterion Collection DVD’s on sale for 50% OFF. This includes the new Godard releases of 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her and Made In USA which just came out today. Oh and you know, all the other ridiculously good films put out by Criterion. FFFFFUUUUU gonna be spending way too much money in the next few weeks……

via Criterion Collection / 50% OFF SALE HERE