I was first introduced to the Criterion family in two very close ways. The first was through their Youtube channel, Criterion Collection, where various actors, directors etc. shimmy into the closet to pick and discuss films at short or length to the camera. Ahh. Allow me to recommend, what I feel are the greatest three;
- Ethan Hawke and Jonathan Marc Sherman’s Closet Picks
- Andre Gregory and Wallace Shaun’s DVD Picks
- Tim Robbins Closet Picks
Tim robbins is a complete favorite, stemming from not only Shawshank Redemption, which most are familiar with, but also the quiet storm of a film, The Secret Life of Words, directed by Isabel Coxiet, the dapper lady also responsible for directing, The Bookshop, a high ranking favorite in my collection.
Around the same time, I had found Letterboxed, a social media-ish app for cinephiles to record what they’ve seen, what they want to see, leave reviews, and meet other filmys like themselves. I adore it and have had the pleasure of meeting many like-minded movie affeciondos.
And so, I’ve joined the ranks of the mass streaming service trial dwellers of Criterion Channel junkies via a 14 day trial. The app has been staring me in the face for almost a year but we like to keep our streaming service fees down. We’ve managed to limit ourselves to Disney plus and Starz. Pretty good stuff, I’d say.
But I had the itch, and in the throes of film awe I ventured again to browse. Did they add anything new? Like stalking down the public library , I was in awe of all that was there. Quincey Jones soundtracks. A series titled, “Split Screen”-what was this buffet of gourmet double screen? Film discussions, Scorsese, Fellini, Sydney Pollock, Sydney Poiter, Saturday Matinee–reminiscent and feeling evoking of my mother on the couch watching black and white westerns and Elvis flicks–Double Feature, Directed By, Short + Feature–oh my. And all of this with extra footage, interviews, and other exciting special features attached for a film buffs never-ending cinematic appetite.
Yes, I could no longer avoid the inevitable. I hit that 14 day free trial button like a game of Whac-W-Mole.
I was in.
And so, after filling my wish list and crunching the numbers, I think we shall make it work. At this moment I’m invested in the collection curated by Nellie Killian, Tell Me: Women Filmmakers, Women’s Stories, which alone, has made me grateful for the leap. The introduction’ written description leaves off with an exquisite quote by poet Adrienne Rich, as will I;
“in order to change what is, we need to give speech to what has been, to imagine together what might be.”