The Willenial Criterion Library

I think I first discovered the Criterion Collection sometime in high school. I consistently went to Bull Moose (which I still claim as my second home) and perused their endless selection of DVDs. Every once in a while, I would see the bold white “C” of the Criterion logo on the spine of a film case. I was curious as to what that meant and why certain films would be embossed with this sigil of “Great Filmitude”. After scouring the internet, I felt educated enough to make some conscious choices about which Criterion-distributed films I would seek out for myself. Some films received their Will Lane Stamp of Approval and ended up somewhere in my collection for one reason or another. Some films received their Will Lane Stamp of Approval and ended up somewhere in my collection for one reason or another. Godzilla (1954) My childhood was full of b-movie

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Lawrence of Arabia – The Way Things Used To Be

There will be weeks where Jim and Teal cannot synch their schedules together to tape a regular episode of the show. This is one of those weeks. But don’t despair! This week we bring you a bonus 13-minute episode. It’s time for another one of Jim’s adventures in 70mm. Previous installments are written stories, and can be found on this site. This adventure is Jim’s first as an audio episode. Today Jim takes you back thirty years to February of 1989, when his Uncle Phil took him to see the restoration of Lawrence of Arabia in 70mm. Enjoy! Play the episode:

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Born on The Fourth of July – Teal to The Rescue

The film school at NYU has, or had, a long break between the fall and spring semesters. Depending on when one finished up with finals & projects there could be an entire month before spring classes began. Most years I was begging to go back to New York City by the time the spring semester rolled around. It was always fun to catch up with old friends, and this particular winter break my roommate freshman year at USC, Darin, came to visit me between Christmas and New Years’.

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The Criterion Channel is back, baby!

Jim and Teal salute the return of the Criterion Channel (streaming service starts April 8th) with an episode dedicated to some of the finest films ever made. Our two trusty podcasters each share their own Criterion top ten lists. Jim’s list focuses on a selection of films he hopes you check out when the Criterion Channel comes back. Teal provides a list of 10 films he cannot wait to rewatch once the Criterion Channel re-emerges.

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