The Criterion Collection has announced their upcoming titles to be released in August 2014. Most of these films are somewhat unexpected, and only one of the five is already in the collection, but all of them are from some of the most respected and revolutionary directors of their (or all) time.
Here are the releases for August:
Being Released August 12th, 2014:
- “Love Streams” (1984): Criterion Collection regular, filmmaker John Cassavetes not only directs this picture, but also stars alongside longtime collaborator (and wife) Gena Rowlands. The story revolves around a brother and sister who reconnect at a later point in their lives. This is one of Cassavetes least seen “masterpieces”, but it appears that the good folks at Criterion have decided to change that by adding it to their collection. “Love Streams” will be presented in its original 141 minutes version, with some incredible bonus features, including a 60 minutes documentary on the making of the film.
Being Released August 19th, 2014:
- “Y tu mama tambien” (2001): It’s been rumored for so long, and now it has finally happened. “Y tu mama tambien” is in the Criterion Collection. Before he was an Academy Award winner for “Gravity”, Alfonso Cuaron made this highly acclaimed film about two sex-crazed friends (Gael Garcia Bernal & Diego Luna) who go on a road trip with a slightly older woman (Maribel Verdu), frustrated with her own life. The three embark on a life-changing journey of self (and sexual) discovery.
- “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!” (1990): From director Pedro Almodovar comes this dark comedy about a recently released psychiatric patient (Antonio Banderas) who kidnaps an adult film actress (Victoria Abril), and holds her hostage in an attempt to convince her to marry him.
Being Released August 26th, 2014:
- “Vengeance is Mine” (1979): This Japanese film, from director Shohei Imamura, is already part of the Criterion Collection, but is now getting a blu-ray upgrade. This film, based on a true story, is about a serial killer, retelling the events of his life, and a killing spree that he went on over 78 days.
- “All That Jazz” (1979): This Best Picture nominee stands out as one of Bob Fosse’s very best pictures, and although there are those who don’t share in this picture’s general acclaim (me, me, that’s me) it does offer a marvelous performance from its star Roy Scheider, and is easily considered to be one of the best musicals to come out of the 1970’s.
Well, that’s all for August… now we can start speculating about September!