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What Criterion movie would you recommend?

Asked by mazingerz88 (19058points) March 31st, 2012

Ok, so after having HULU Plus for a year, I just found two nights ago out it has an enormous collection of Criterion films ready for streaming. Wow.

Criterion Films releases on Blu-Ray and DVD, old, classical and groundbreaking films from all over. Asia, Europe and America. I think it would be fair to say that film students and fans of the genre are more likely to be the only ones looking for these old movies.

I just saw Truffaut’s “Stolen Kisses” and it was a real treat-! If you have one you are delighted to recommend, please tell us about why it’s fun, relevant, mind-blowing or just plain odd. Thanks-!

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filmfann's avatar

I love the Criterian DVDs, though I wish they were better about captioning their movies.

Criterian usually has films that are required viewing for any film student. Good choices include:

The Seventh Seal (the tale of a Knight returning from the Crusades using a chess game with Death to find meaning to his life)

Diabolique (A murder/mystery like none other)

Rashomon (The Japanese story of 4 points of view of a murder.)

Freaks (the story of a group of circus freaks. More shocking than story, it is a must watch)

M (the story of a pedophile/child murderer being pursued by the criminal underworld)

amujinx's avatar

I haven’t seen many Criterion movies, although I mean to watch quite a few if I get the chance. The one’s I have watched and enjoyed are Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Seven Samurai and Monty Python’s Life of Brian.

Honestly though, I didn’t even know a few of the movies I’ve seen were part of the collection though. I have a friend who has seen more of the collection than I have (especially the French films of the collection), but the only film I know for a fact she would recommend is Breathless.

tranquilsea's avatar

12 Angry Men
Grey Gardens (I seriously had semi-nightmares for weeks after watching this movie)
Hoop Dreams
The Ice Storm
The Importance Of Being Earnest
Monsoon Wedding
Nanook of the North
Night and Fog
The Royal Tenenbaums (I love this film)
The Silence of the Lambs (one of my favourite movies)
Time Bandits
The Times of Harvey Milk

FutureMemory's avatar

This sounds interesting, can anyone give me a link?

dappled_leaves's avatar

I bookmarked this after seeing this question. :)

amujinx's avatar

I went to my local video store to pick up a couple movies after this question. They only had movies that I’ve seen before from the collection though, so I’ll probably be getting Hulu Plus now too.

ddude1116's avatar

This is a fantastic collection of films, the ones I’ve seen and would recommend are:
8 ½
Seven Samurai
Beauty and the Beast (1946)
Belle de Jour
Modern Times
Do The Right Thing
The Virgin Spring
Dazed and Confused
The Silence Of the Lambs
Bicycle Thieves
Days Of Heaven
Easy Rider
The Last Picture Show
Being John Malkovich
The Great Dictator

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