Long time no write! I just need to take a personal writing break due to many personal events that took place in October. But I am back just in time to write about Barnes and Nobles Criterion Collection 50% off sale!!! I know that these sales might be overwhelming and often are left wondering how to choose over 700 titles that ones you want to add to your movie collection. So I offer some titles you may not think of right away or want to stray off your normal movie buying routine….
Here in no particular order…
The Princess Bride (number #948) Directed by Rob Reiner 1987)- I remember the first time I watch this was on cable TV when I was eight years old and it started my fascination of Andre the Giant. It also spark my fantasy of having a grandparent who would stay with me when I was sick and tell me fairy tales.
Shampoo (number #947) Directed by Hal Ashby 1975)- Hal Ashby is one of my favorite directors. I always felt he was able to successfully capture these off beat random characters of people and show them with such heart on the screen. Shampoo is a mixture of kind a mockumentary and dark comedy rolled into one movie.
And the ship Sails on (#50 directed by Federico Fellini 1984) this is one of my favorite Fellini movies. The first ten minutes of this movie is in black and white and totally silent perhaps as a homage to silent film. Like all of Felllini’s movies it offer it’s array of usual characters and I feel like they draw in your attention so much that you feel like you are part of the movie.
Some like it Hot (# 950 directed by Billy Wilder 1959) (Release date is 11/6/2018) I remember that this was the first movie I watched on Turner Classic Movie channel and it was so funny! And I have been an avid fan of Billy Wilder ever since and this is one of his movies that every time I have watched I noticed something new. So when the Criterion Collection announced that this movie was going to be part of their collection I was so excited to pre- ordered it.
Bigger than Life (#507 directed by Nicholas Ray 1956) One of my favorite actors is James Mason and he is fantastic in this movie. This movie kind of stood out in the 1950’s because it dealt with James Mason playing a teacher who deals with prescription drug problem.
The sale will last until December 3rd so you have a couple of weeks to figure out what you might want go with or indulge because this sale happens here maybe up to 4 times a year?
Until next time!!!
Hello! The criterion Collection is once again offering 50% off all of the current CC’s for the next 24 hours! So if you are unsure of what to put in your cart or am looking for some different from your regular normal purchases. Here is my quick guide to my top five picks! Please note I am try not to do repeating titles from past articles I have posted~! Here is my top five must grabs during the sale:
- Beauty and the Beast directed by Jean Cocteau (1946)- I know there is countless variations of this fairy tale classic but I enjoy this version a bit more due to this darker undertones.
- Picnic at Hanging Rock directed by Peter Weir (1975)-this is the kind of movie kind lingers in your movie. A true mix of mystery, drama that centers around a group of girls that go out on a field trip on Valentine’s day and never ever made it back.
- Ace in the Hold directed by Billy Wilder (1951)- Kirk Douglas is a conniving newspaper reporter that has done and will continue to do anything humanly possible to get his story. But has he gone to far this time?
- Pierrot le Fou directed by Jean-Luc Godard (1965) this movie is a mixture of themes. A bit of drama, comedy and mystery rolled into a six year road trip starring one of my favorite actors Jean-Paul Belmondo and also starring Anna Karina.
- Pan’s Labyrinth directed by Guillermo del Toro (2006)- this was the first movie I saw by Guillermo Del Toro in the theaters. It was such a magical moment to see such a dark fairy tale unfold on screen. This movie also taught me that even adults should never ever loose their childhood imagination.
Happy shopping! Comment below and let me know what everyone ended up getting from the sale!
Until next time!
Today movie of the Day is Valley of the Dolls (1967) directed by Mark Robson.
I actually read the book first before diving into the movie. And to be honest I am a huge fan of both! The over the top songs, scenarios and acting made me a fan!
It is a remarkable journey of three ladies trying to make a life for themselves in the bright lights of board way but pills, booze, fame and men get in their way.
The Criterion Collection is doing another flash sale! If you are undecided on what to get I made a top ten of my CC picks for this round:
1. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (directed by Perdo Almodovar)
Pedro Almodovar is one of my favorite directors and this is the first movie of his I saw. Everything about this movie draws you in within the five minutes and reminds me of an 80’s soap opera on a bigger scale.
2. Valley of the Dolls (directed by Mark Robson)
Is it really no surprise that I added this movie to this? I adore this movie as much as I like book!
3. All That Heaven Allows (directed by Douglas Sirk
This is a beautiful movie and it will leave a lasting impression long after you watch it. This is melodrama at it’s finest.
4. Eclipse Series 9:
The Delirious Fictions of William Klein
The only way to describe the style of these movies is when you mix the front page of the newspaper with the Style section.
5.Dazed and Confused (directed by Ricard Linklater)
This movie is just plain fun.
6.Burden of Dreams (directed by Les Blank)
When Werner Herzog wants a steamship over a hill you better believe that he will DO anything to get that darn steamship over that hill.
7. Beyond the Valley of the dolls (directed by Russ Meyers “
“This is my happening and it freaks me out!”
8. Something Wild ( directed byJonathan Demme)
When you need a pick me up movie then this is right up your alley!
9. Gilda (Directed by Charles Vidor)
This film noir at it’s best. Rita Hayworth shines in this and this movie was a total game changer for her career. She was quote saying: “Every man I have ever known has fallen in love with Gilda and awakened with me.”
10. The American Friend (directed by Wim Wenders)
This film literally kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish.