50 episodes

David Blakeslee and guests engage in concise but in depth conversations about Criterion films in their original historic context, and reflect on what they say to us today. Each episode covers a season of a year, discussing the movies in their chronological order of release.

Criterion Reflections David Blakeslee

    • TV & Film
    • 4.7, 15 Ratings

David Blakeslee and guests engage in concise but in depth conversations about Criterion films in their original historic context, and reflect on what they say to us today. Each episode covers a season of a year, discussing the movies in their chronological order of release.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

tera dactil ,

Best Criterion podcast out there

I’m a fan of the Criterion Collection and have about a dozen or so titles in my home collection. So I’m always interested in podcasts that focus on the series. Unfortunately, most are just of the “two guys blowing smoke” variety, often ill-informed and merely expressing like or dislike. That doesn’t tell me anything. David respects the listener enough to provide historical context, where a movie fits in its cinematic tradition, and informed biographical information about directors, actors, screenwriters, and the culture which produced the film. And he does so without being pedantic (the only exception to this would be the review of Saló, but that film is such an outlier that, really, all bets are off. So if you’re looking for informed commentary on movies, this is a great place to start.

Jon Laubs ,

One of the best Criterion Specific Movie Podcasts

I love the chronological format, and David is a mad genius. I feel like I am getting some pretty good insight into this fraught time (late 60s), which also give me insight into our current time. Thanks David! Also, thanks for having on Jordan Essoe, who is just dreamy.

chasmanchu ,

Simply unbearable

I am stunned by how often your guests do not like these great works of art. The two episodes that have pushed me beyond my limits were “Death in Venice” and “Klute”. I find it so disappointing that there are hours of in-depth analysis of many great films and yet you do not select people that appreciate them. Instead you select shallow and idiotic critics that are self-absorbed. David I know you put a lot of work and devotion into these podcasts but I really cannot bear to listen to another one.

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