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My Criterion Top 10: Martin Bruckner


I’m running contributions from some of my favorite film critics, writers, and theorists from around the internet for the next few weeks. Each writer is listing their top 10 from the Criterion Collection. The fifth contribution in The Criterion Top 10 Series is from my great friend, Martin Bruckner. This list is extra special because Marty was such a huge inspiration in sending me down the Criterion rabbit hole. For several years, it was almost a competition between the two of us to see who could get to certain Criterion films first. And Marty is also the one who really pushed me into creating this site. In addition to all of that, Marty is the best artist that I know. His current creative passion is Creatureland Studio, a venture in which he takes children’s drawings and turns them into tremendous hand-crafted interpretations for the child to put on their wall. You can find him on Twitter @CreatureLStudio.    Continue reading

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You’d Better Czech New Wave Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

I recently tackled yet another film from the Czechoslovak New Wave- a movement I’ve mentioned a few times but never fully detailed beyond a flippant, meant-for-humor pie chart. I’ve called it the “Czech New Wave” but apparently it’s “Czechoslovak” because there are both Czech and Slovak films in the movement. So what is the Czechoslovak New Wave? Here’s how Andrew James Horton at GreenCine describes it: Continue reading


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100 Things I Love About the Movies

I passed a milestone recently here at TDYLF. Thanks to the help of the editors over at IMDB, I passed the 100,000 Hits milestone on Sunday (with a whopping 80,000+ of those hits coming just since September 30th). To celebrate, I’m beginning a brand new series called “100 Things I Love About the Movies”. To be sure, there a LOT more than 100 things that I love about the movies. As such, this has the potential to become a series- 100 Things I Love About Horror Movies, 100 Things I Love About Foreign Movies, and on and on. I present to you the first edition of “100 Things I Love About the Movies”.

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