Ryan’s Criterion Link Collection: Thursday, November 6th 2014

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Here are your Criterion-related links for the day:

News

Apparently we’re not buying enough Blu-rays:

As expected, disc sales continued to fall, with consumer spending on Blu-ray Discs and DVDs combined down 8% in the quarter, to $1.33 billion from $1.45 billion, and 8.2% for the year through Sept. 30, to $4.6 billion from $5 billion.

Reviews

For Little White Lies, David Jenkins tells it like it is, about Playtime

Full disclosure: for my money Playtime is the greatest film ever made. This information is, of course, of little consequence as I (alongside all other mortals who enjoy having eyes) have not seen all movies ever made, thus making the scope of comparison limited while also preventing this banal proclamation to inter even the slightest modicum of gravitas. My unwavering love of this movie stems from the idea that it remains a mystery to me. Not a complete mystery (I hope), but there’s something ineluctably otherworldy about it. I have no idea where it came from and no idea where it’s going.

Now available to stream on Netflix