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Criterion Close-Up is a podcast started by Aaron West and Mark Hurne in August of 2015. It began as a way of talking about all things Criterion with a news segment, discussion about a singular film and occasionally a subtopic.

In 2016 we joined the CriterionCast network and became regular panelists for their shows. We then transitioned Close-Up away from covering news, and focused instead on the films and subtopics. We tried to mix things up, even covering other labels like Plain Archive, Twilight Time or a particular genre, such as Science Fiction films.

In 2017, we launched Criterion Now exclusively on CriterionCast. This is a (mostly) weekly round table show that discusses everything Criterion, from the latest news and rumors, to the content featured on FilmStruck, to the films that we are watching at the time. Close-Up then moved to a monthly show, with a large episode that spends extra time exploring a director or film. Examples of that are our 1930s French Series and The Films of Paul Thomas Anderson.

This website used to house Aaron’s blog, which was a project to watch and review Criterion films on Blu-Ray. As the podcasts became our main focus, Aaron (mostly) stopped blogging. Much of that content is still on the website, including the List Project, where he posted lists of favorite films for a particular year. He also wrote a few Essays, hosted a Criterion Blogathon, and collected reviews of a great number of Criterions.

  1. Thank you for following my website. Nice one you got here all the Criterion collection Cool Good luck.

  2. I just learned of your site on the Criterioncast podcast and I like it (your site) very much. Good luck with it!

  3. Awesome blog Aaron 🙂 By the way, I just nominated you for a Liebster Award! So congrats! 🙂 You’ll find the details here: https://thewonderfulworldofcinema.wordpress.com/2015/06/25/a-liebster-award-for-the-wonderful-world-of-cinema/

  4. I LOVE the lead time!! Though I’ll probably end up writing it a week before it’s due. Why mess with the formula that got me through college? 🙂 I look forward to seeing the films!!

  5. http://theroundplaceinthemiddle.com

    Are you still accepting entries for the November blogathon? I’ve tried to sign up twice but have received no response so just curious…Hoping I’m not too late

  6. http://theroundplaceinthemiddle.com

    Excellent. Thanks so much!

  7. I love the criterion collection, I can’t wait to read about all of these movies 🙂

  8. Hi Aaron. I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award. Check it out here: https://cinematicfrontier.wordpress.com/2016/05/19/liebster-award-2/

  9. Aaron! I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award! Please check out my post: https://makeminecriterion.wordpress.com/2016/06/24/liebster-ii-the-liebstering/

    • Thanks! That’s an honor! Since I don’t blog as much anymore, I might try to work these into a podcast somehow.

      • Fair enough. I thought that the Fantastic Planet post might mean a renewed interest in blogging – to at least some degree. Be sure to check out the blog throughout July and step up your Canadian cinema game. LOL!

      • It did a little bit. I have reserved a couple of films for the sci-fi list and will blog a bit over the fall. I’ll actually be in Canada next month, so will definitely be stepping up my game! 🙂

  10. Hello, I am a journalist of La Nación newspaper (top media in Argentina) and I am working on an article about the amazing work of The Criterion Collection. If there is anything you can do to help me out, I will be most grateful! All the best!

  11. Love your blog and I am so happy I found it! I love Criterion films very much and look forward to delving into your blog more. I recently started my own blog where I write a lot of Criterion films. I will post a link if you want to check it out. http://charsmoviereviews.wordpress.com

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