in Criterion Month, Podcast

Just as John wraps up talking about his favorite horror movies of the 2010s, we take a trip to the more distant past by making our Criterion Picks. As you may or may not know, each July we at Mildly Pleased review 30-ish movies from the Criterion Collection on the blog, and while many things may be different about this Summer in the world at large, this tradition remains essentially the same. This year, Colin and John stick to past themes of spreading their picks throughout the decades of films, while Sean commits himself to reviewing nothing but black and African-American filmmakers this year.

Unlike in years past, we recorded our draft just a week before Criterion Month starts, so look forward to some reviews already comin’ at ya tomorrow!

Author Day July Movie Director Country Year
John Wednesday 1 Nanook of the North Robert J. Flaherty USA 1922
Sean Thursday 2 Body and Soul Oscar Micheaux USA 1925
Colin Friday 3 L’Atalante Jean Vigo France 1934
Colin Saturday 4 Show Boat James Whale USA 1936
John Sunday 5 La Grande Illusion Jean Renoir France 1937
John Monday 6 The Great Dictator Charlie Chaplin USA 1940
Sean Tuesday 7 The Blood of Jesus Spencer Williams USA 1941
Colin Wednesday 8 Kind Hearts and Coronets Robert Hamer UK 1949
John Thursday 9 The War of the Worlds Byron Haskin USA 1953
Colin Friday 10 The Fabulous Baron Munchausen Karel Zeman Czechoslovakia 1962
John Saturday 11 Woman in the Dunes Hiroshi Teshigahara Japan 1964
Sean Sunday 12 Black Girl Ousmane Sembène Senegal 1966
Sean Monday 13 Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One William Greaves USA 1968
Colin Tuesday 14 Z Costa-Gavras Algeria 1969
Colin Wednesday 15 Lady Snowblood Toshiya Fujita Japan 1973
John Thursday 16 Picnic at Hanging Rock Peter Weir Australia 1975
Colin Friday 17 Mikey and Nicky Elaine May USA 1976
Colin Saturday 18 My Brilliant Career Gillian Armstrong Australia 1979
Sean Sunday 19 Losing Ground Kathleen Collins USA 1982
Sean Monday 20 Cane River Horace B. Jenkins USA 1982
Sean Tuesday 21 Bless Their Little Hearts Billy Woodberry USA 1983
John Wednesday 22 Police Story Jackie Chan Hong Kong 1985
Sean Thursday 23 Sidewalk Stories Charles Lane USA 1989
Sean Friday 24 Daughters of the Dust Julie Dash USA 1991
Colin Saturday 25 A Brighter Summer Day Edward Yang Taiwain 1991
Sean Sunday 26 The Watermelon Woman Cheryl Dunye USA 1996
John Monday 27 Funny Games Michael Haneke Austria 1997
John Tuesday 28 Y tu mamá también Alfonso Cuarón Mexico 2001
Colin Wednesday 29 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days Cristian Mungiu Romania 2007
John Thursday 30 Portrait of a Lady on Fire Céline Sciamma France 2019
Sean Friday 31 Apu Trilogy: The World of Apu Satyajit Ray India 1959
  1. I’m sorry to say I was profoundly mistaken this year and less than half of my draftees have gotten proper Criterion Collection disc releases, as opposed to just being available on The Criterion Channel. But maybe, like “Come and See,” they’ll all get announced in the next year? If not, I guess I’ll just have to take an asterisk in our hall of fame.

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