Wacky 2008

A yearly overview of the clues of upcoming titles provided by Criterion and Jason Polan in the monthly newsletter. Proudly pun-ful, characteristically corny, and always awaited with bated breath.

A fun year of clues and statements both. A big year for Criterion as bluray comes to the line, although we only get one fairly indirect clue of what’s to come. Tati comes back to the canon with a great addition, and you’d be forgiven if you thought Antoine was a brother of Jacques just based on the first two-thirds of that title. Guy Maddin roars in with a sorta silent and Rossellini tosses in some TV. One strong boxset from Imamura and one ‘shoulda been’ boxset from Ophuls are both very welcome. Add some swashbuckling, supreme melodrama, spies, and Bunuel’s take on Big Brother and you’ve got a very strong year. And that’s even before you add Eddie Coyle’s friends and some nitroglycerin in high definition!

2008 Jan Trafic 439 Trafic Original

2008 Feb Mon Oncle Antoine438 Mon Oncle Antoine

2008 Mar Brand Upon the Brain440 Brand Upon the Brain

2008 Apr Rossellini EclipseES14 Rossellini History Films

2008 May Ophuls TrioOphuls Trio

2008 Jun Spy who came452 The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

2008 Jul Fan Fan451 Fanfan la Tulipe

2008 Aug Magnificent Obsession457 Magnificent Obsession

2008 Sep Exterminating Angel459 The Exterminating Angel

2008 Oct Wages of Fear36 The Wages of Fear

2008 Nov Eddie CoyleEddie Coyle Original

2008 Dec Pigs Battleships471 Pigs Pimps and Prostitutes

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