The Allure of ‘The Red Shoes’

Martin Scorsese once called “The Red Shoes” — the 1948 British film ever so loosely based on the eponymous Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale — “the movie that plays in my heart.” He and editor extraordinaire Thelma Schoonmaker (Scorsese’s longtime collaborator and the widow of the film’s director) oversaw an extensive restoration of “The Red… Continue reading The Allure of ‘The Red Shoes’

The Haze of ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’

We’re just going to get right into it. “Picnic at Hanging Rock” is one of the most beloved Australian films of all time. It’s also one of the country’s most beguiling. It draws you in, hypnotized, like the foreboding rock formation at the center of the film; but in equal measure it pushes you away,… Continue reading The Haze of ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’

The Ridicule of ‘RoboCop’

I’m baaack! And so soon! Yes, even I doubted that this series would continue past one (1) installment. But the Criterion Essays have returned with a shiny, new sequel, this time covering a movie I hope will be more accessible than a Swedish art film about death. We’re watching “RoboCop,” creep! Yes, “RoboCop” is part… Continue reading The Ridicule of ‘RoboCop’

The Silence of ‘The Seventh Seal’

Hello, friends. With the cancellation of my study abroad program and my internship along with it — not to mention the unlikelihood of securing a job during these Trying Times™ — I have been forced to go back to the drawing board and brainstorm some alternative summer plans. Lying motionless in my bed and staring… Continue reading The Silence of ‘The Seventh Seal’