Criterion Blogathon: Day 5 Recap

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Welcome to the penultimate recap post for this highly successful #CriterionBlogathon. Again, thank you to all the participants — bloggers and readers. The response has been tremendous.

Today’s recap is the third installment of the English language series, from 1981 to present.

Tune in tomorrow for the final day, which will be the biggest. We’ll be covering the big Essays and Boxsets. You can see the full schedule over at Speakeasy.

On Sunday we will be recording a special episode of Criterion Close-Up. Kristina and Ruth will join us as we talk about the week. We’ll be announcing the Grand Prize winners and talking about some of our favorites, so make sure you tune in.

I also want to thank Joshua from F for Films for listing his favorite posts. We love seeing that sort of engagement!


Pop Culture Pundit – The Musical Pulse of…

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Criterion Blogathon: Day 3 Recap

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It’s already Day 3 of the #CriterionBlogathon!

This is an incredible blogging event, due to the knowledge about – and insightful analysis of – a variety of film subjects. You want to read some of the smartest writing on film? You’ve come to the right blogathon.

Today we’re focusing on English-language films from 1947-1980. You’ll be impressed by the collection of essays below – we guarantee it.

But first, we’d like to hand out today’s awards:

Awarded to Film Dirt for EraserheadAwarded to Film Dirt for Eraserhead

Awarded to Micro-Brewed Reviews for Fiend Without a FaceAwarded to Micro-Brewed Reviews for Fiend Without a Face

Awarded to Cinema Versus for The BroodAwarded to Cinema Versus for The Brood

Awarded to Plot and Theme for MacbethAwarded to Plot and Theme for Macbeth


Speakeasy – In Cold Blood (1967)

Old Hollywood Films – Red River (1948)

Film Ruminations – The Third Man (1949)

Mildred’s Fatburgers – Shock Corridor (1953)

billwhite1951 – All that Heaven Allows (1955)

Mike’s Take on the Movies – Jubal (1956)

The Other Critic – 12 Angry…

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Criterion Blogathon: Day 2 Recap

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Welcome to the second day of the #CriterionBlogathon! You can read yesterday’s recap over at Kristina’s Speakeasy blog.

Before I get to the entries, I have to address the elephant in the room. The terrorist activities that took place this past Friday in Paris are abhorrent, tragic and maddening. We are saddened, horrified and angry all at once. They have cast a shadow over this Blogathon, as a couple bloggers had to back out because they were personally affected. Others, like Adam over at Hope Lies at 24 Frames Per Second, could not find the words. Please read his post as he addresses the events more directly. He asks the same question that Truffaut asked decades ago, “Is the cinema more important than life?” My answer is no. Absolutely not. However, the cinema has some healing powers. Many of today’s entries are about films that take place…

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