MOVIES THAT SHOULD BE ADDED TO THE CRITERION COLLECTION
A few years ago I made a list like this and seemingly willed Criterion into doing my bidding - The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, To Be or Not to Be (1942), and City Lights were all added and given beautiful releases. So this time, I'm going for broke.
- •HappinessThe DVD of "Happiness" is an out-of-date, non-anamorphic mess. This movie deserves so much better. Also, the sequel, "Life During Wartime," got a straight-from-theaters Criterion release a few years back. Why not add the original (and superior) "Happiness" into the collection? C'mon Criterion, it's the right thing to do.
- •Went the Day Well?I saw this obscure gem when it was screening at the @newbeverly a few years back. It's a charming piece of British World War II propaganda. A small village is invaded by the Nazis, but darn it if the townspeople don't band together and win the day! Released in 1942, and told in flashback AFTER the war has ended, it's a curious little film. And one I am awfully fond of.
- •BoyhoodWhile this is by no means out-of-print, I'm of the opinion that "Boyhood" is one of the greatest films ever made. Also, is any modern movie more deserving of an extensive Criterion-produced making-of doc than this one?
- •It's a Wonderful LifePerhaps the easiest-to-find movie on this list, "It's a Wonderful Life," nonetheless deserves the Criterion treatment because it is, to put it simply, the greatest film ever made.
- •MargaretShot a decade ago and released several years after that, a high-quality director's cut of "Margaret" remains elusive. There is a Blu-ray of the theatrical cut - a sort of flawed-by-design but still incredible piece - and a DVD of a director's cut (of sorts). But the picture is muddy, and it's still unclear if this is truly Kenneth Lonergan's ultimate vision. "Margaret" is too good a film not to be seen in the best possible way. Criterion can make that happen.
- •Song of the SouthHear me out! Disney is obviously never going to release this thing. And maybe they shouldn't. But if they gave the rights to Criterion and washed their hands of it, Criterion could give it the proper historical context it deserves. "Song of the South" is not a wholly bad film - it's riddled with stereotypes and antiquated attitudes toward race, to be sure, but a movie this historically significant should not be swept under the rug. I know this release won't happen, but a man can dream.
- •Spring BreakersThis movie is art and it's time the world acknowledged that.