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The film streaming service from TCM & Criterion Collection goes live in 13 days — October 19th.
$6.99/month for the basic service, $10.99/month (or $99/year) for Filmstruck + Criterion Channel

Who's in?

aaaaaaaauuuuuuuuu (melting robot) (WilliamC), Thursday, 6 October 2016 13:03 (four years ago) link

looks good that they have the commentaries, extras etc of Criterion discs, or at least some of that kind of content. i hope this won't mean the end of the Criterion blu rays. i'm expecting 'that market' will always want the 36 page books and fancy packaging and such. i know i will.

piscesx, Thursday, 6 October 2016 13:27 (four years ago) link

I'm in.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 6 October 2016 13:29 (four years ago) link

i wonder why the TCM lot and the Criterion gang decided to get into bed together. i mean Criterion doesn't seem like an obvious match for Ted 'Colourization' Turner.

piscesx, Thursday, 6 October 2016 13:30 (four years ago) link

Turner hasn't been involved in years...? TCM is a pretty good channel. Have they ever shown a colorized film?

Cons: US only, no Roku support at launch, extreme vagueness (how many films? "HUNDREDS of films!")

aaaaaaaauuuuuuuuu (melting robot) (WilliamC), Thursday, 6 October 2016 13:37 (four years ago) link

But I'll sign up, at least for a few months.

aaaaaaaauuuuuuuuu (melting robot) (WilliamC), Thursday, 6 October 2016 13:37 (four years ago) link

I'll wait to start until Criterion joins up in November. I'll drop the $99 for their catalog alone.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 6 October 2016 14:44 (four years ago) link

Criterion won't be available from day 1? I hadn't heard that part.

aaaaaaaauuuuuuuuu (melting robot) (WilliamC), Thursday, 6 October 2016 14:49 (four years ago) link

Yet no one posts on my Fandor thread

Whiney G. Weingarten, Thursday, 6 October 2016 15:13 (four years ago) link

November 11th for Criterion. They have to wait for the Hulu deal to expire.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 6 October 2016 15:15 (four years ago) link

Not bad, if you do the $99 once-a-year payment, it's about $20 cheaper than a year of Netflix. Is there any way to browse the TCM catalog at the moment?

erry red flag (f. hazel), Thursday, 6 October 2016 15:25 (four years ago) link

On their FB page they said Criterion will be available at launch.

I want to sign up but my two devices (Nvidia Shield TV and XB1) aren't supported.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Thursday, 6 October 2016 16:35 (four years ago) link

I went by this press release that says the 1th of November.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 6 October 2016 18:13 (four years ago) link

Been reading a lot of information on the website and elsewhere, but haven't seen anything that says the TCM movies will also be part of the package. I have a nagging feeling that they're not. Also wonder if the Criterion movies will be available in 1080, instead of the 720 now on Hulu.

Jazzbo, Thursday, 6 October 2016 18:17 (four years ago) link

I don't think everything on nightly at TCM will be on there but a selection of TCM-sequel films.

I'm going to guess it will be like Mubi with a larger rotating library plus Criterion.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Thursday, 6 October 2016 18:45 (four years ago) link


Kiarostami bag (milo z), Thursday, 6 October 2016 18:46 (four years ago) link

yeah, TCM's tweet that filmstruck "will focus on indie, foreign & cult titles, not Old Hollywood. Some limited titles, not many" considerably dampened my enthusiasm.

intheblanks, Friday, 7 October 2016 04:41 (four years ago) link

my guess is milo z otm re: criterion plus larger mubi. Which is cool, but not the turner library plus janus library nearly nonstop excellence that i had prematurely imagined

intheblanks, Friday, 7 October 2016 04:46 (four years ago) link

I have a Hulu subscription and honestly never watched a single Criterion title. The ones I want, I just buy.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Friday, 7 October 2016 11:00 (four years ago) link

I was excited when I thought this was gonna be criterion + old Hollywood tcm stuff. The latter element was critical for me. If it's criterion + buffet of other stuff then no.

look at the morning people (Jon not Jon), Friday, 7 October 2016 11:18 (four years ago) link

Yeah, that's a bummer. I figured $99 was a no brainer but if it's Criterion plus some random rotating films I don't know.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 7 October 2016 13:53 (four years ago) link

basically i would pay... let's see... $15 a month for some reasonable fascimile of access to TCM's programming without having to have fucking cable tv

look at the morning people (Jon not Jon), Friday, 7 October 2016 13:55 (four years ago) link

aw man. I too was pretty stoked for the TCM+Criterion version of this.

DOCTOR CAISNO, BYCREATIVELABBUS (Doctor Casino), Friday, 7 October 2016 13:59 (four years ago) link

This weird in-between time where the biggest events still happen on old-fashioned cable TV, the "prestige" TEH DISCOURSE TV shows are on Netflix, film is either exploded across multiple competing streaming services or iTunes rental downloads that disappear after 24 hours or totally unavailable, video stores are rare — is totally excruciating.

Whiney G. Weingarten, Friday, 7 October 2016 14:04 (four years ago) link

whiney otm, i feel a deep nostalgia for, like, 2008-2010, when a full decade of DVD production had led to lot of foreign/classic/arthouse stuff to be available, and Netflix was still in the business of providing just about any DVD that got produced.

intheblanks, Friday, 7 October 2016 16:00 (four years ago) link

Like, the fact that we let this happen is ridiculous:

Whiney G. Weingarten, Friday, 7 October 2016 16:04 (four years ago) link

maybe i just wasn't reading the early filmstruck announcements carefully, but it seems like everyone i know was expecting it to have a major focus on classic hollywood, given tcm's involvement. My guess is that getting streaming rights to that old hollywood stuff is probably just insanely complicated and, from a business perspective, not worth the investment of time and resources. Still disappointing though.

intheblanks, Friday, 7 October 2016 16:06 (four years ago) link

I've never watched any Criterions on Hulu but that's because their interface is such a disaster - you don't know what's streaming in HD, there's no easy way to sort the entire Criterion list, etc. Higher hopes for this, though I'm a lot less inclined toward a burning need to watch Truffaut than when I was 23.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Friday, 7 October 2016 16:30 (four years ago) link

Their interface/searching/tagging/credits is all pretty awful in comparison to Netflix and even Amazon Prime. That said, damn I'm gonna have to rush out some screenings before they leave. Better get Lady Snowblood queued up.

Nhex, Friday, 7 October 2016 17:17 (four years ago) link

The FAQ has changed to specify that only 4th-gen Apple TV will support this, so me and my 3rd-gen box are out of luck. I'll have to load a film on my iMac and push it to the tv with Airplay.

aaaaaaaauuuuuuuuu (melting robot) (WilliamC), Friday, 7 October 2016 20:25 (four years ago) link

With airplay/casting, does it make a difference if you're casting from a phone vs. a computer?

Nhex, Friday, 7 October 2016 20:34 (four years ago) link

(I think my Apple TV is second generation...)

Nhex, Friday, 7 October 2016 20:34 (four years ago) link

I honestly don't know. That time David Lynch cussed traumatized me so bad I've never tried watching film or video on my phone.

aaaaaaaauuuuuuuuu (melting robot) (WilliamC), Friday, 7 October 2016 20:39 (four years ago) link

sad trombone

Hello film fans:

We want to share some news that the launch of FilmStruck is delayed until November as we work to complete a seamless and easy registration process for subscribers.

Just like the final stages of completing a film, this additional time will allow us to put the finishing touches on FilmStruck in order to bring you a premium service with beautifully curated content and the largest streaming library of world-renowned arthouse, indie, cult and foreign films. Rest assured, we're working hard to bring you the high-quality streaming movie service you've been waiting for.

Thank you for both your patience and your enthusiastic interest in FilmStruck.

The FilmStruck Team

aaaaaaaauuuuuuuuu (melting robot) (WilliamC), Tuesday, 18 October 2016 18:47 (four years ago) link

At this point they should wait until the Hulu contract for the Criterions expires.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 18 October 2016 18:51 (four years ago) link

Yep. I wasn't planning on starting any free trial until everything was available.

aaaaaaaauuuuuuuuu (melting robot) (WilliamC), Tuesday, 18 October 2016 18:58 (four years ago) link

Looks like the Criterions are up with an 11-day overlap with Hulu. Seeing a lot of fussing on the Facebook page about errors while setting up payment.

aaaaaaaauuuuuuuuu (melting robot) (WilliamC), Tuesday, 1 November 2016 16:34 (four years ago) link

Anyone start using this yet? Any thoughts (apart from the still unavailable (?) Criterions?

Federico Boswarlos, Wednesday, 2 November 2016 00:29 (four years ago) link

I'm in, just getting the apps installed now. I need a tivo app! Apple and Amazon will do for now.

the notes the loon doesn't play (ulysses), Wednesday, 2 November 2016 01:21 (four years ago) link

Sound like it's worth waiting a few weeks for them to get all the bugs worked out

Whiney G. Weingarten, Wednesday, 2 November 2016 01:24 (four years ago) link

Not available on Roku til Jan so nope for a while. Also copy on their site suggested that virtually all Criterions wd be available but several that I've searched for are not (incl All That Jazz, ugh)

Fluffy Saint-Bernard (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 2 November 2016 01:27 (four years ago) link

They have someone responding to comments on Facebook, putting on the shiny happy face but being really vague with specific questions.

Some Guy Named Dave: Your Criterion selection seems to be quite limited. Are you ever going to offer the same number of Criterion titles as Hulu - over 900?

FilmStruck: Hi Dave, on the #CriterionChannel side you will find the largest selection of Criterion releases available to stream

Me: That doesn't really answer the question that was asked...

FilmStruck: #CriterionChannel has the largest Criterion selection available streaming, more than was ever available elsewhere.

Me: Ozu on Hulu: 30 features, 2 shorts and a trailer
Ozu on Filmstruck: looks like 18 features

Filmstruck: (crickets)

aaaaaaaauuuuuuuuu (melting robot) (WilliamC), Wednesday, 2 November 2016 01:41 (four years ago) link

Huh, why would it have less than Hulu does? That doesn't make any sense to me. I did notice through a cursory search that they had at least two titles not on Hulu (Godard's Every Man for Himself and Yang's A Brighter Summer Day), so I was hopeful that maybe it had more than Hulu.

intheblanks, Wednesday, 2 November 2016 02:14 (four years ago) link

It doesn't have all the Oshima titles that are currently on Hulu either

intheblanks, Wednesday, 2 November 2016 02:15 (four years ago) link

I'm hoping they're still loading up the buffet table. They have quite a few things that aren't on Hulu -- Blood Simple, that JFK documentary stuff. They got The Killing of a Chinese Bookie back, which disappeared from Hulu a year or more ago.

aaaaaaaauuuuuuuuu (melting robot) (WilliamC), Wednesday, 2 November 2016 02:19 (four years ago) link

I'm hopeful too, though the way filmstruck has been marketed and rolled out has dampened my expectations all around

intheblanks, Wednesday, 2 November 2016 02:22 (four years ago) link

Even Criterion doesn't have the rights to all the Criterions anymore

Whiney G. Weingarten, Wednesday, 2 November 2016 03:05 (four years ago) link

yeah, otm, and i'm sure there are a number of criterions that got dvd release, but where they never had streaming rights. the more i search around on filmstruck the more i think that WilliamC is probably right that they're still adding movies to the service.

intheblanks, Wednesday, 2 November 2016 03:10 (four years ago) link

hm. no amazon app even!

the notes the loon doesn't play (ulysses), Wednesday, 2 November 2016 16:49 (four years ago) link

TBF, this is the day where they're going nuts with the press.

the notes the loon doesn't play (ulysses), Wednesday, 2 November 2016 17:38 (four years ago) link

1968 < 2018 > 2068, Keisha Rae Witherspoon, 2018
Afronauts, Nuotama Bodomo, 2014
The Becoming Box, Monique Walton, 2011
The Changing Same, Cauleen Smith, 2001
Dark Matters, Monique Walton, 2010
The Golden Chain, Adebukola Bodunrin and Ezra Claytan Daniels, 2014
Hasaki Ya Suda, Cédric Ido, 2011
I Snuck off the Slave Ship, Lonnie Holley and Cyrus Moussavi, 2019
Robots of Brixton, Kibwe Tavares, 2011

This is quite the set of Afrofuturist and sci-fi shorts! (I'm sure I've missed some.)

Between this, and the feature-length offerings (Space Is the Place, The Brother From Another Planet, The Last Angel of History, Crumbs, the two Adirley Queiros films) I'm surprised they didn't curate them as an actual collection. Maybe that's coming later?

handsome boy modelling software (bernard snowy), Wednesday, 2 December 2020 14:10 (three months ago) link

the email announcing the december movies started "As the year draws to an end, we’re turning our gaze toward things to come, with an international, intergalactic program of Afrofuturist visions of Black creativity, resistance, and freedom" so it will be a collection

na (NA), Wednesday, 2 December 2020 14:24 (three months ago) link

I'm curious as to whether Space is the Place is the original or director's cut version.

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Wednesday, 2 December 2020 14:43 (three months ago) link

xp Yeah, I went and looked at the email after I posted that (they go to my spam, lol) and from there to the December calendar -- looks like the Afrofuturist collection 'premieres' on the 20th, which I assume means the introduction and any other interview packages will go live then.

handsome boy modelling software (bernard snowy), Wednesday, 2 December 2020 15:09 (three months ago) link

Wow, Space is the Place! I've never been able to find a copy of that

flappy bird, Wednesday, 2 December 2020 17:22 (three months ago) link

Is there a predictable timeline as to when a film reissued by Criterion goes onto the Criterion Channel? I didn't realize that An Unmarried Woman was rereleased this past June. I have the channel, so if possible, I'd like to avoid the cost of a DVD

clemenza, Monday, 7 December 2020 22:00 (three months ago) link

Some films enter the permanent streaming library almost immediately, some get added for 1, 2 or 3 month engagements, some don't get added at all. So, no, no predictable timeline.

Motoroller Scampotron (WmC), Monday, 7 December 2020 22:16 (three months ago) link

Thanks--I'll give it till the new year, and if it's not up by then I'll buy it.

clemenza, Monday, 7 December 2020 22:49 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

January 2021 titles:

11’09”01—September 11, Mira Nair, 2002
The Age of Swordfish, Vittorio De Seta, 1954
All Small Bodies, Jennifer Reeder, 2017
And I Will Rise If Only to Hold You Down, Jennifer Reeder, 2012
Arsenic and Old Lace, Frank Capra, 1944 *
Awaara, Raj Kapoor, 1951
Back Street, John M. Stahl, 1932
Barbarella, Roger Vadim, 1968
Barefoot in the Park, Gene Saks, 1967
Betye Saar: Taking Care of Business, Christine Turner, 2020
Blackmail, Alfred Hitchcock, 1929
Blood Below the Skin, Jennifer Reeder, 2015
Bringing Up Baby, Howard Hawks, 1938 *
The Cameraman, Edward Sedgwick, 1928
The Chase, Arthur Penn, 1966
Captain Conan, Bertrand Tavernier, 1996
Carancho, Pablo Trapero, 2010 *
Cat Ballou, Elliot Silverstein, 1965
The China Syndrome, James Bridges, 1979
The Clockmaker of St. Paul, Bertrand Tavernier, 1974
Compensation, Zeinabu irene Davis, 1999
Coup de torchon, Bertrand Tavernier, 1981
Crocodile Conspiracy, Zeinabu irene Davis, 1986
Crystal Lake, Jennifer Reeder, 2016
Cycles, Zeinabu irene Davis, 1989
Daddy Nostalgia, Bertrand Tavernier, 1990
A Day in Barbagia, Vittorio De Seta, 1959
The Day the Mercedes Became a Hat, Mira Nair, 1993
Death Watch, Bertrand Tavernier, 1980
A Doll’s House, Joseph Losey, 1973
Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Stanley Kubrick, 1964
Easter in Sicily, Vittorio De Seta, 1954
Fishing Boats, Vittorio De Seta, 1958
The Forgotten, Vittorio De Seta, 1959
Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask, Isaac Julien, 1995
The Ghost of Peter Sellers, Peter Medak, 2018
Golden Parable, Vittorio De Seta, 1954
Habaneros, Julien Temple, 2017
Hallelujah, King Vidor, 1929
He Who Gets Slapped, Victor Sjöström, 1924
Hell’s Heroes, William Wyler, 1929
Homegoings, Christine Turner, 2013
How Can It Be?, Mira Nair, 2008
I’m All Right Jack, John Boulting, 1959
Ice, Robert Kramer, 1970
Imitation of Life, John M. Stahl, 1934
The Incredible Shrinking Man, Jack Arnold, 1957
India Cabaret, Mira Nair, 1985
Islands of Fire, Vittorio De Seta, 1954
The Judge and the Assassin, Bertrand Tavernier, 1976
Kevin Beasley’s Raw Materials, Christine Turner, 2019
Kill List, Ben Wheatley, 2011
Kirikou and the Men and Women, Michel Ocelot, 2012
Klute, Alan J. Pakula, 1971
The Ladykillers, Alexander Mackendrick, 1955
The Laughing Club of India, Mira Nair, 2001
Les saignantes, Jean-Pierre Bekolo, 2005
Let’s Go Crazy, Alan Cullimore, 1951
Life and Nothing But, Bertrand Tavernier, 1989 *
Lion’s Den, Pablo Trapero, 2008 *
LOLA, 15, Jennifer Reeder, 2017
Lolita, Stanley Kubrick, 1962
Magnificent Obsession, John M. Stahl, 1935
The Man with the Golden Arm, Otto Preminger, 1955
The Manchurian Candidate, John Frankenheimer, 1962
Migration, Mira Nair, 2008
A Million Miles Away, Jennifer Reeder, 2014
Ministry of Fear, Fritz Lang, 1944
Monsoon Wedding, Mira Nair, 2001
The Morning After, Sidney Lumet, 1986
Mother of the River, Zeinabu irene Davis, 1995
The Mouse That Roared, Jack Arnold, 1959
Mr. Topaze, Peter Sellers, 1961
Never Let Go, John Guillermin, 1960
Oil City Confidential, Julien Temple, 2009
The Optimists, Anthony Simmons, 1973
Orgosolo’s Shepherds, Vittorio De Seta, 1958
Panique, Julien Duvivier, 1946
A Powerful Thang, Zeinabu irene Davis, 1991
The Pub, Joseph Pierce, 2012
Ray & Liz, Richard Billingham, 2018
Riot in Cell Block 11, Don Siegel, 1954
Sangam, Raj Kapoor, 1964
Sea Countrymen, Vittorio De Seta, 1954
Seven Songs About Thunder, Jennifer Reeder, 2010
Shree 420, Raj Kapoor, 1955
Shuvit, Jennifer Reeder, 2017
So Far from India, Mira Nair, 1983
Solfatara, Vittorio De Seta, 1954
A Sunday in the Country, Bertrand Tavernier, 1984
The Talk of the Town, George Stevens, 1942
Tears Cannot Restore Her: Therefore, I Weep, Jennifer Reeder, 2011
Tom Thumb, Olivier Dahan, 2001
Walk on the Wild Side, Edward Dmytryk, 1962
A Week’s Vacation, Bertrand Tavernier, 1980
When Tomorrow Comes, John M. Stahl, 1939
White Elephant, Pablo Trapero, 2012**
Zoo, Will Niava, 2020

Motoroller Scampotron (WmC), Wednesday, 23 December 2020 04:03 (two months ago) link

Caught Strait-jacket before it disappears tomorrow. What a hoot!

Nhex, Thursday, 31 December 2020 02:16 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

February 2021 titles:

Abouna, Mahamat Saleh-Haroun, 2002
Accidence, Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, and Galen Johnson, 2018
After the Curfew, Usmar Ismail, 1954
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, David Lowery, 2013
Ajube Kete, Akosua Adoma Owusu, 2005
Archangel, Guy Maddin, 1990**
The Bad and the Beautiful, Vincente Minnelli, 1952
The Balcony, Joseph Strick, 1963
Bamboozled, Spike Lee, 2000
Band of Outsiders, Jean-Luc Godard, 1964
Black Bus Stop, Akosua Adoma Owusu, 2019
Blonde Venus, Josef von Sternberg, 1932
Blood Kin, Ramin Bahrani, 2018
The Blue Angel, Josef von Sternberg, 1930
Boyant, Akosua Adoma Owusu, 2008
Buck and the Preacher, Sidney Poitier, 1972
Bus Nut, Akosua Adoma Owusu, 2014
Careful, Guy Maddin, 1992**
Celebration, Olivier Meyrou, 2007
The Conformist, Bernardo Bertolucci, 1970
Cotton Comes to Harlem, Ossie Davis, 1970
Cowards Bend the Knee, Guy Maddin, 2003**
Daratt, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, 2006
The Devil Is a Woman, Josef von Sternberg, 1935
Dishonored, Josef von Sternberg, 1931
Dissolution, Nina Menkes, 2010
Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary, Guy Maddin, 2002**
Drexciya, Akosua Adoma Owusu, 2010
A Farewell to Arms, Frank Borzage, 1932
Fastest Man in the State, Claudrena N. Harold and Kevin Jerome Everson, 2017
The Forbidden Room, Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, 2015
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Jim Jarmusch, 1999
Glorious, Guy Maddin, 2008
The Great Sadness of Zohara, Nina Menkes, 1983
The Green Fog, Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, and Galen Johnson, 2017
Grigris, Mahamat Saleh Haroun, 2013
How Can I Ever Be Late, Claudrena N. Harold and Kevin Jerome Everson, 2017
How to Take a Bath, Guy Maddin, 2009
I Am Somebody, Madeline Anderson, 1970
Integration Report 1, Madeline Anderson, 1960
Intermittent Delight, Akosua Adoma Owusu, 2007
The Killing Floor, Bill Duke, 1984
Kwaku Ananse, Akosua Adoma Owusu, 2013
The Last Unicorn, Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass, 1982
Leadbelly, Gordon Parks, 1976
The Learning Tree, Gordon Parks, 1969
A Life of Her Own, George Cukor, 1950
Lift You Up, Ramin Bahrani, 2014
Lines of the Hand, Guy Maddin, Galen Johnson, and Evan Johnson, 2015
The Living End, Gregg Araki, 1992
Mahogany Too, Akosua Adoma Owusu, 2018
Me broni ba, Akosua Adoma Owusu, 2009
Moments Without Proper Names, Gordon Parks, 1986
Morocco, Josef von Sternberg, 1930
My Dad Is 100 Years Old, Guy Maddin, 2005
Nationtime, William Greaves, 1972
On Monday of Last Week, Akosua Adoma Owusu, 2017
One False Move, Carl Franklin, 1992
Park Lanes, Kevin Jerome Everson, 2015
Pelourinho: They Don’t Really Care About Us, Akosua Adoma Owusu, 2019
Phantom Love, Nina Menkes, 2007
Pierrot le fou, Jean-Luc Godard, 1965
Plastic Bag, Ramin Bahrani, 2009
The Postman Always Rings Twice, Tay Garnett, 1946
Pressure, Horace Ové, 1976
Putney Swope, Robert Downey Sr., 1969
Queen of Diamonds, Nina Menkes, 1991
The Rabbit Hunters, Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, and Galen Johnson,2020
Reluctantly Queer, Akosua Adoma Owusu, 2016
La ronde, Roger Vadim, 1964
The Saddest Music in the World, Guy Maddin, 2003
The Scarlet Empress, Josef von Sternberg, 1934
A Screaming Man, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, 2010
A Season in France, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, 2017
Shanghai Express, Josef von Sternberg, 1932
Solomon Northup’s Odyssey, Gordon Parks, 1984
Split Ends, I Feel Wonderful, Akosua Adoma Owusu, 2012
St. Louis Blues, Allen Reisner, 1958
Stories We Tell, Sarah Polley, 2012
A Story of Children and Film, Mark Cousins, 2013Stump the Guesser, Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson and Galen Johnson, 2020
Sugarcoated Arsenic, Claudrena N. Harold and Kevin Jerome Everson, 2014
Take a Giant Step, Philip Leacock, 1959
The Tall Target, Anthony Mann, 1951
Tea 4 Two, Akosua Adoma Owusu, 2006
They Live by Night, Nicolas Ray, 1948
Thomasine and Bushrod, Gordon Parks, Jr., 1974
A Tribute to Malcolm X, Madeline Anderson, 1967
Tomorrow Is Another Day, Felix E. Feist, 1951
Uptight, Jules Dassin, 1968
Watermelon Man, Melvin Van Peebles, 1970
We Demand, Claudrena N. Harold and Kevin Jerome Everson, 2016
Where Danger Lives, John Farrow, 1950
You Only Live Once, Fritz Lang, 1937

Motoroller Scampotron (WmC), Monday, 25 January 2021 23:47 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...


Park Lanes
Directed by Kevin Jerome Everson • 2015 • United States

Kevin Jerome Everson’s monument of durational cinema immerses viewers in the inner workings of a factory that produces bowling-alley equipment—a full eight-hour workday experienced in real time. Entrancing, meditative, and totally enveloping, PARK LANES unfolds according to the rhythms and rituals of the workers whose shifts it patiently documents, their quotidian tasks taking on a profound significance.

Is this a joke?

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Monday, 15 February 2021 18:12 (two weeks ago) link

Oh hell yes I have been wanting to watch that

Canon in Deez (silby), Monday, 15 February 2021 18:19 (two weeks ago) link

I’m going to need some Adderall to screen that.

Joe Biden Stan Account (milo z), Monday, 15 February 2021 18:22 (two weeks ago) link

it sounds like a twitter joke about slow cinema that went too far and accidentally got made

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Monday, 15 February 2021 18:25 (two weeks ago) link

"come be entranced by the enveloping experience of being a Poor for a day. after a while, it really feels like you're really someone who doesn't have the leisure time to watch an 8-hour film!"

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Monday, 15 February 2021 18:27 (two weeks ago) link

alternately, you could just get a job at a bowling alley for a day and get paid enough for lunch, a cab ride home and part of a criterion membership

That's not really my scene (I'm 41) (forksclovetofu), Monday, 15 February 2021 18:36 (two weeks ago) link

(that said, i have watched an hour and a half of this so i may be culpable)

That's not really my scene (I'm 41) (forksclovetofu), Monday, 15 February 2021 18:37 (two weeks ago) link

and nearly 2 1/2 hours of The Clock! Which was riveting stuff tbh.

That's not really my scene (I'm 41) (forksclovetofu), Monday, 15 February 2021 18:38 (two weeks ago) link

park lanes sounds rad

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 15 February 2021 18:42 (two weeks ago) link

yeah i'm pro slow cinema (hate the term "durational" cinema), saw a bread factory in theater, satantango, look forward to every wiseman doc, etc. but idk presenting this as A Film seems like the true nadir of the concept imho

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Monday, 15 February 2021 18:43 (two weeks ago) link

(tbf i guess im also cranky bc i miss really going bowling)

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Monday, 15 February 2021 18:43 (two weeks ago) link

I believe it’s mostly been exhibited as a gallery piece yeah. it was cited in The Process Genre, which I read last year, so I had noodled around looking for a way to watch it previously.

Canon in Deez (silby), Monday, 15 February 2021 19:00 (two weeks ago) link

Anyway rn some dudes are bending big sheet metal parts with a huge press.

Canon in Deez (silby), Monday, 15 February 2021 19:00 (two weeks ago) link

Got about 3 hours in, it’s wonderful stuff but I need a break, from sitting if nothing else

Canon in Deez (silby), Monday, 15 February 2021 21:30 (two weeks ago) link

i guess i'd be curious to hear what the argument is that its not just class tourism.

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Monday, 15 February 2021 21:57 (two weeks ago) link

Idk it is a less hygienic and abstracted vision of industrial labor than say How It‘s Made

Canon in Deez (silby), Monday, 15 February 2021 22:00 (two weeks ago) link

i guess i'd be curious to hear what the argument is that its not just class tourism.

― nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Monday, February 15, 2021 4:57 PM (one hour ago)

I haven't seen this, but it seems far more incumbent on you to explain why that's the only possible reading of a film you haven't seen and know nothing about.

Anyway here's an essay:

rob, Tuesday, 16 February 2021 00:16 (two weeks ago) link

I was literally soliciting other readings

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Tuesday, 16 February 2021 00:34 (two weeks ago) link


The abstraction of each of these workers’ components actually permits us, Everson, and even possibly the workers themselves, to regard these objects from a certain aesthetic distance. The man who is busily fitting lug-nuts at metallic shafts together in uncertain configurations seems to be solving a problem rather than following a lock-step set of orders, and as we watch him put pieces together and take them apart, it looks quite a bit like Jude Law assembling the gristle gun in Cronenberg’s eXistenZ (1999).

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Tuesday, 16 February 2021 00:45 (two weeks ago) link

listen, lots of things are like Jude Law assembling the gristle gun in Cronenberg’s eXistenZ (1999)

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 16 February 2021 11:32 (two weeks ago) link

Are any of the Mae West movies worth watching?

wasdnuos (abanana), Wednesday, 17 February 2021 22:41 (two weeks ago) link

My Little Chickadee is worth a watch. Great final line.

The only other one I've seen among the Criterion Channel lot is Go West Young Man, which is watchable, but rather tame and not especially funny by Mae standards.

edited for dog profanity (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 17 February 2021 22:47 (two weeks ago) link

I'm No Angel is probably the best one; beyond that I would temper my expectations

Josefa, Wednesday, 17 February 2021 22:59 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah, I'm slowly working my way through them atm and haven't been bowled over yet. Same with W.C. Fields tbh.

The Mandolinrainian (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 17 February 2021 23:19 (two weeks ago) link

Have you watched The Fatal Glass of Beer? Sometimes my pick for the funniest movie ever made (and its only 20 mins long).

edited for dog profanity (cryptosicko), Thursday, 18 February 2021 00:49 (two weeks ago) link

don't know about Park Lanes but just watched Jude Law assemble the gristle gun in eXistenZ, that was a strange and unpleasant movie

Dan S, Thursday, 18 February 2021 01:09 (two weeks ago) link

fyi everyone this program is wonderful and about the length of a feature, slightly shorter even

Warmed Regards, (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 22 February 2021 22:12 (one week ago) link

March titles:

Usually a flat list of films on FB or Criterioncast beats's official post, but not this time.

Motoroller Scampotron (WmC), Thursday, 25 February 2021 21:34 (one week ago) link

i recommend jules dassin's 'uptight' (1968), streaming as part of the ruby dee collection on CC now. the film transposes the plot of john ford's 'the informer' to a black revolutionary cell in cleveland in 1968, in the days following MLK's assassination (the film opens with dassin's own footage of his funeral in memphis). dee and julian mayfield, who stars as the stool pigeon, co-wrote the screenplay with dassin.

good writeup (with spoilers) here:

donna rouge, Thursday, 25 February 2021 23:13 (one week ago) link

cosign on uptight. Score by Booker T and the MGs

jbn, Friday, 26 February 2021 00:14 (one week ago) link

Full list for March:

The Adventurer, Charles Chaplin, 1917
Bandini, Bimal Roy, 1963
Behind the Screen, Charles Chaplin, 1916
Black Jack, Ken Loach, 1979
Black Rodeo, Jeff Kanew, 1972
Blood Simple, Joel and Ethan Coen, 1984
Boat People, Ann Hui, 1982
Boneshaker, Nuotama Frances Bodomo, 2013
Brother to Brother, Rodney Evans, 2004
Buffalo Soldiers, Charles Haid, 1997 *
Cast a Dark Shadow, Lewis Gilbert, 1955
Charles and Lucie, Nelly Kaplan, 1979
Christmas in July, Preston Sturges, 1940
City of Women, Federico Fellini, 1980
Cooley High, Michael Schultz, 1975
The Count, Charles Chaplin, 1916
The Cure, Charles Chaplin, 1917
The Damned, Luchino Visconti, 1969
Darling, John Schlesinger, 1965
Death in Venice, Luchino Visconti, 1971
Dementia, John Parker, 1955
Despair, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1978
Devdas, Bimal Roy, 1955
The Diabolic Tenant, Georges Méliès, 1909
Do bigha zamin, Bimal Roy, 1953
Don’t Blink – Robert Frank, Laura Israel, 2015
Down on the Sidewalk in Waikīkī, Justyn Ah Chong, 2019
Duel at Diablo, Ralph Nelson, 1966
Easy Street, Charles Chaplin, 1917
Edge of the City, Martin Ritt, 1957
Everybody Dies!, Nuotama Bodomo, 2016
The Fireman, Charles Chaplin, 1916
The Floorwalker, Charles Chaplin, 1916
Giuseppe Makes a Movie, Adam Rifkin, 2014
Good Bye, Lenin!, Wolfgang Becker, 2003
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami, Sophie Fiennes, 2017
The Great McGinty, Preston Sturges, 1940
Gun Crazy, Joseph H. Lewis, 1950
Hail the Conquering Hero, Preston Sturges, 1944
Home, Ursula Meier, 2008 *
The Immigrant, Charles Chaplin, 1917
The Impossible Voyage, Georges Méliès, 1904
The In-Laws, Arthur Hiller, 1979
The Infernal Cauldron, Georges Méliès, 1903
Intervista, Federico Fellini, 1987
The Inventor Crazybrains and His Wonderful Airship, Georges Méliès, 1906
Joan of Arc, Georges Méliès, 1900
Kalewa, Mitchel Viernes, 2018
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, John Cassavetes, 1976
The Kingdom of the Fairies, Georges Méliès, 1903
The Lady Eve, Preston Sturges, 1941
Lāhainā Noon, Christopher Kahunahana, 2014
The Last Tree, Shola Amoo, 2019
The Legend of Black Charley, Martin Goldman, 1972
Let the Sunshine In, Claire Denis, 2017 *
Madhumati, Bimal Roy, 1958
Mandabi, Ousmane Sembène, 1968
Marcello Mastroianni: I Remember, Anna Maria Tatò, 1997
Mary Last Seen, Sean Durkin, 2010
The Merry Frolics of Satan, Georges Méliès, 1906
Miracle of Morgan’s Creek, Preston Sturges, 1943
Moloka‘i Bound, Alika Maikau, 2019
The Moon and the Night, Erin Lau, 2018
Naal, Sudhakar Reddy Yakkanti, 2018
A New Leaf, Elaine May, 1971
Nights of Cabiria, Federico Fellini, 1957
One A.M., Charles Chaplin, 1916
Opening Night, John Cassavetes, 1977
Other People, Bryson Chun, 2018
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman, Albert Lewin, 1951
Papa the Little Boats, Nelly Kaplan, 1971
The Palm Beach Story, Preston Sturges, 1942
The Pawnshop, Charles Chaplin, 1916
The Pillar of Fire, Georges Méliès, 1899
The Pit Where We Were Born, Alexander Bocchieri, 2018
The Pleasure of Love, Nelly Kaplan, 1991
Posse, Mario Van Peebles, 1993
Relic 0, Larry Achiampong, 2017
Relic 1, Larry Achiampong, 2017
Relic 2, Larry Achiampong, 2019
Relic 3, Larry Achiampong, 2019
Rip’s Dream, Georges Méliès, 1905
Robinson Crusoe, Georges Méliès, 1903
Rock ’n’ Roll High School, Allan Arkush, 1979
Rosewood, John Singleton, 1997
The Sea Shall Not Have Them, Lewis Gilbert, 1954
Sergeant Rutledge, John Ford, 1960
Shane, George Stevens, 1953
Sister, Ursula Meier, 2012 *
Skin Game, Paul Bogart and Gordon Douglas, 1971
Song of Freedom, J. Elder Wills, 1936
Sujata, Bimal Roy, 1959
Sullivan’s Travels, Preston Sturges, 1941
A Trip to the Moon, Georges Méliès, 1902
The Twentieth Century, Matthew Rankin, 2019 *
Unfaithfully Yours, Preston Sturges, 1948
The Vagabond, Charles Chaplin, 1916
Variety Lights, Federico Fellini, 1950
A Very Curious Girl, Nelly Kaplan, 1969
Vision Portraits, Rodney Evans, 2019
The Visitor, Antonio Pietrangeli, 1965
The White Sheik, Federico Fellini, 1952
Whimsical Illusions, Georges Méliès, 1910
The Witch, Georges Méliès, 1906
Women Make Film, Mark Cousins, 2018

Motoroller Scampotron (WmC), Friday, 26 February 2021 14:57 (one week ago) link

holy shit I am so stoked abt A NEW LEAF and BOAT PEOPLE

Warmed Regards, (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 26 February 2021 15:29 (one week ago) link

Sujata, Bimal Roy, 1959

^this is really good iirc

rob, Friday, 26 February 2021 15:32 (one week ago) link

Be sure to take a few minutes to check out the Méliès stuff. It's magical and helps restore my faith in humanity.

TO BE A JAZZ SINGER YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO SCAT (Jazzbo), Friday, 26 February 2021 16:31 (one week ago) link

does anyone have any specific recommendations from the black westerns collection?

na (NA), Friday, 26 February 2021 16:50 (one week ago) link

Duel at Diablo is a very good western. It's not really "black" per se... Sidney Poitier is a character in it.

Josefa, Friday, 26 February 2021 16:55 (one week ago) link

Sergeant Rutledge! A great John Ford "b-side"--one of the smaller movies he made quickly in between the big ones. Woody Strode is great, and it's Billie Burke's last movie (the good witch in Oz)

flappy bird, Friday, 26 February 2021 18:19 (one week ago) link

Be sure to take a few minutes to check out the Méliès stuff. It's magical and helps restore my faith in humanity.

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Warmed Regards, (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 26 February 2021 19:58 (one week ago) link

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