Criterion Now – Episode 112 – December 2020 Announcements, Black Films, Theatrical Releases

Brad McDermott and Josh Hornbeck join to recap a lot of interesting interesting events over the last month. We begin by discussing the December 2020 Criterion announcements, and we then talk about some titles that were not announced but are being released theatrically. After the NYTimes article about the lack of diversity in the collection, we each recommended some films from black directors for the collection. We also talk about the passing of Jiri Menzel, the complete Agnes Varda, flash sale speculation, and more. 

Episode Links

Aaron West YouTube – The Complete Agnes Varda
NYTimes – How the Criterion Collection Crops Out African-American Directors
NYTimes – Readers Would Add These African American Directors to the Criterion Collection
Wong Kar Wai Retrospective
Memories of Murder trailer

Aaron West

I am a somewhat educated Criterion dork, with a History and Film Studies bachelor's degree and plenty of self-education over the years. My tastes are all over the map. Probably my favorite is 1930s French Poetic Realism, but I like everything from noir, to animation, to horror, westerns, and modern film. Usually I prefer film that challenges and requires something of the viewer.