CCU16: February 2016 New Releases & The #CriterionBlogathon

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Aaron, Mark, Kristina Dijan (Speakeasy) and Ruth Kerr (Silver Screenings) discuss the February 2016 Criterion Collection line-up and then we delve into the Criterion Blogathon, which was an epic experience for all of us. We talk about some of the behind the scenes info, give out prizes, talk about the social media thrills with the #CriterionBlogathon, and give our thanks to all who participated.

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Show notes:


0:00 – Intro, Housekeeping
9:20 – News & February Releases
38:40 – Criterion Blogathon


Kristina – Speakeasy Blog | Twitter

Ruth – Silver Screenings Blog | Twitter

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Dont Look Back

Ruth’s Ikiru review

Kristina’s In Cold Blood review

Aaron’s The Apu Trilogy Review

Out1 streaming from Fandor

Kitchen Conservations: Gaspar Noé

February 2016 Releases

Criterion Cast The Newsstand

The Emigrants/The New Land

The Kid

Death by Hanging

The Graduate

I Knew Her Well

Criterion Blogathon

Recap, Day One: English Language Films released before 1947
Recap, Day Two: Europe and Mexico
Recap, Day Three: English Language Films, 1947-1980.
Recap, Day Four: Asian Cinema
Recap, Day Five: English Language films, 1981 to present.
Recap, Day Six: Essays and Box Sets.

Complete Roster

F For Films – Favorites from the Criterion Blogathon

Grand Prizes:

Research: Cinematic Scribblings
Portrait: Coffee Gone Cold
Originality: Criterion Affection
Humorous: CineMaven’s Essays from the Couch

Where to Find Us:

Mark Hurne: Twitter | Blog | Letterboxd
Aaron West: Twitter | Blog | Letterboxd
Criterion Close-Up: Facebook | Twitter | Email

Posted on November 22, 2015, in Blogathon, Criterions, Film, Podcast. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. This is the best episode thus far due to amount of material covered. Thanks to all the host who read all the posts and all the participants ( including our COOL HOSTS) who poured out their passion in writing for this event. It was all worth it. Gained some new friends, strengthened friendships and now I feel that We Are Family ( Groot !) #CriterionBlogathon. Thanks for the mention!

  2. Reblogged this on Pioneer Pride and commented:
    The first Criterion Blogathon is over but this celebration of films especially from the Criterion Collection will go on. As long as Criterion continues to release these gems, there will always be a reason for fans to celebrate. I want to personally thank our hosts Aaron ( Criterion Close Up ), Kristina (Speakeasy) and Ruth (Silverscreenings) for all their efforts in making this event a big success including their excellent posts (including Mark’s) on this month’s Criterion releases. Until next time, We Are Groot. You’re Welcome!

  3. Thanks for the shout out for F for Films. For the record, my list was not a ranking, just an ongoing list of posts I liked as I went through the week. I didn’t read all of them like you all did, bit there’s still some that I intend to get to even though the event has concluded. Thanks again for putting this together, and I hope to hear about other similar events that will inspire me to write and read.

  4. Oh boy, Aaron, you posted that tear-jerking scene from The Kid… Where’s the tissue?

    Am listening to the podcast now – what a lot of fun it was! A great discussion.

    You deserve all the kudos you receive for your vision and determination with this blogathon. I would never have thought of it, and I admire your ability to organize so many aspects of it.

  5. Thank you Aaron for coming up with this great blogathon, and for organizing it so well! As a blogathon newbie it was a very fun experience. I can’t wait for the next one! And thanks so much for the shout-out to my post. 🙂

  6. Great to hear your voices! Congratulations on a fantastic event!! I’m glad to have taken part.


  7. Fascinating podcast this week. Even talking about people…talking/writing about Criterions consumes us. What is wrong with all of us?
    I have so much reading to do…

  8. Some help

    Jan Troell = Yon Tro-ELL
    Max von Sydow = Max Von See-dov
    Nagisa Oshima = Nag-eesa OH-she-ma

  9. I was supposed to go to bed early today, but of course it didn’t happen, because instead I’ve decided to listen to this. NO REGRETS because it was amazing! Just loved this podcast and I think it was a quite good way to conclude the Criterion blogathon. It’s also nice to have voices on those faces/blogs. You all sound very friendly!

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