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2021 Criterion Forum Awards

#1 Post by DarkImbecile » Fri Sep 17, 2021 5:33 pm

2021 CRITERION FORUM AWARDS

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IMPORTANT NOTE
Voting starts once the last release of December is available to the plebes: Tuesday, December 14th. You may post in this thread before that, but any lists posted early will, as always, be deleted and your message replaced with alternate Uncut Gems covers.

Please either post your votes in this thread or PM me, DarkImbecile. You may or may not vote in most categories, but you must provide a ranked Top Five to be counted at all. No ties will be counted in any category, so make the hard decision if you want your vote to matter. In future years with more options, we'll likely have separate Blu-Ray and UHD Upgrade/Reissue categories.

NO VOTING UNTIL: DECEMBER 14, 2021
VOTING CLOSES: JANUARY 14, 2022


Your 2021 Criterion Forum Awards categories are:

BEST RELEASE Numbered in order from 1-5. Must vote for five titles to have your ballot counted. Boxed sets can also be voted for in this category

BEST BOXED SET
BEST MODERN FILM "New" (2017-2021) films released by Criterion

BEST COMMENTARY New commentaries only, not ports of existing discs from other labels/studios (see list below)
BEST "BONUS" FILM See list below
BEST BOOKLET
BEST ON-DISC NON-COMMENTARY EXTRA

BEST UHD RELEASE
BEST REISSUE
BEST UPGRADE Former titles upgraded to a new format without new features

BEST COVER
WORST COVER
BEST PACKAGING - NON-BOXED SET INDIVIDUAL RELEASE
BEST PACKAGING - BOXED SET

BEST DISCOVERY For the film that is, as the NBC commercials used to say, new to you
MOST UNNECESSARY RELEASE For the film that didn’t need to join the Collection, either for personal reasons (you hate it) or because Criterion’s additions added little to already available editions
MOST FLAWED RELEASE For Criterion's treatment, not the film itself

BEST THREAD For the discussion that yielded the most interesting insights or entertainment this year
MEMBER OF THE YEAR For the member with the best contributions to the forum this year
RICHARD CRANIUM AWARD For the member with the worst contributions to the forum this year

2021 RELEASES
1061 Minding the Gap
1062 Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese
1064 The Parallax View
1065 Mandabi
1066 Man Push Cart
1067 Chop Shop
1068 Smooth Talk
1069 Céline and Julie Go Boating
1070 Secrets & Lies
1071 Defending Your Life
1072 History Is Made at Night
1073 Memories of Murder
1074 Irma Vep
1075 Fast Times at Ridgemont High
1076 Merrily We Go to Hell
1077 Flowers of Shanghai
1078 Nightmare Alley
1079 Streetwise
1080 Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell
1082 The Signifyin Works of Marlon Riggs
1083 Pariah
1084 Mirror
1085 Bringing Up Baby
1086 Deep Cover
1087 Working Girls
1088 La piscine
1089 After Life
1090 Original Cast Album: "Company"
1091 Beasts of No Nation
1092 Throw Down
— Melvin Van Peebles: Essential Films
1093 The Story of a Three Day Pass
1094 Watermelon Man
1095 Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song
1096 Don't Play Us Cheap
1097 Love & Basketball
1098 The Damned
1099 High Sierra
1100 The Incredible Shrinking Man
1101 Uncut Gems UHD
1102 Devi
1103 Once Upon a Time in China: The Complete Films
1104 Citizen Kane UHD
1105 Menace II Society UHD
1106 One Night in Miami...
1107 The Learning Tree
— World of Wong Kar Wai


REISSUES
—Three Films by Luis Buñuel
102 The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
290 The Phantom of Liberty
143 That Obscure Object of Desire
107 Mona Lisa
162 Ratcatcher
224 Pickup on South Street
226 Onibaba
285 Ashes and Diamonds
435 The Furies
685 Touki Bouki
1063 The Ascent
1081 Visions of Eight


UPGRADES
44 The Red Shoes UHD
308 Masculin féminin
480 The Human Condition
779 Mulholland Dr. UHD


ELIGIBLE BONUS FILMS
Once Upon a Time: "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie" (Three Films by Luis Buñuel)
The Producers: Serge Silberman (Three Films by Luis Buñuel)
Nước (Minding the Gap)
The Homeland of Electricity (The Ascent)
Larisa (The Ascent)
A Talk with Larisa (The Ascent)
Islands (The Ascent)
More Than Love (The Ascent)
Tauw (Mandabi)
Praise Song (Mandabi)
Backgammon (Man Push Cart)
Girls at 12 (Smooth Talk)
Clorae and Albie (Smooth Talk)
Contras' City (Touki bouki)
Jacques Rivette: Le veilleur (Céline and Julie Go Boating)
The Hand (World of Wong Kar Wai)
Incoherence (Memories of Murder)
Musidora, the Tenth Muse (Irma Vep)
Les vampires: Hypnotic Eyes (Irma Vep)
Man Yuk: A Portrait of Maggie Cheung (Irma Vep)
Dorothy Arzner: Longing for Women (Merrily We Go to Hell)
Tiny at 20 (Streetwise)
Erin (Streetwise)
Streetwise Revisited: Rat (Streetwise)
The Amazing Plastic Lady (Streetwise)
Long Train Running: The Story of the Oakland Blues (The Signifyin' Works of Marlon Riggs)
I Shall Not Be Removed: The Life of Marlon Riggs (The Signifyin' Works of Marlon Riggs)
On Location with "Visions of Eight" (Visions of Eight)
Howard Hawks: A Hell of a Good Life (Bringing Up Baby)
Andrei Tarkovsky: A Cinema Prayer (Mirror)
The Dream in the Mirror (Mirror)
Islands: Georgy Rerberg (Mirror)
Fifty Years Later (La piscine)
Original Cast Album: "Co-Op" (Original Cast Album: "Company")
Stitches (Love & Basketball)
Progress (Love & Basketball)
Bowl of Pork (Love & Basketball)
Baadasssss! (Melvin Van Peebles: Four Films)
Three Pickup Men for Herrick (Melvin Van Peebles: Four Films)
Sunlight (Melvin Van Peebles: Four Films)
Cinq cent balles (Melvin Van Peebles: Four Films)
How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It) (Melvin Van Peebles: Four Films)
Visconti: Man of Two Worlds (The Damned)
Colorado Territory (High Sierra)
The True Adventures of Raoul Walsh (High Sierra)
Bogart: Here’s Looking at You, Kid (High Sierra)
Auteur on the Campus: Jack Arnold at Universal! (The Incredible Shrinking Man)
Goldman v. Silverman (Uncut Gems)
"Question & Answer" (Uncut Gems)
Once Upon a Time in China and America (Once Upon a Time in China)
From Spikes to Spindles (Once Upon a Time in China)
The Complete "Citizen Kane" (Citizen Kane)
The Hearts of Age (Citizen Kane)
My Father: Gordon Parks (The Learning Tree)
Diary of a Harlem Family (The Learning Tree)
The World of Piri Thomas (The Learning Tree)
Unstoppable (The Learning Tree)


ELIGIBLE COMMENTARIES
Minding the Gap (cast)
Minding the Gap (director)
Streetwise
Visions of Eight
After Life
Original Cast Album: "Company" (Sondheim)
Beasts of No Nation
The Incredible Shrinking Man
Uncut Gems
Citizen Kane (Naremore & Rosenbaum)


COVER ROUND-UP
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Cover Round-Up, lists of bonus films and commentaries, and brutally unforgiving feedback graciously provided by swo17

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Re: 2021 Criterion Forum Awards

#2 Post by soundchaser » Fri Sep 17, 2021 6:12 pm

I, for one, welcome our new DarkImbecile overlords.

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Re: 2021 Criterion Forum Awards

#3 Post by criterionsnob » Fri Sep 17, 2021 8:30 pm

The Mona Lisa Blu-ray reissue is missing from the list.

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Re: 2021 Criterion Forum Awards

#4 Post by domino harvey » Fri Sep 17, 2021 9:03 pm

I may have passed the baton, but Gossip Girl GIFs are forever

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Re: 2021 Criterion Forum Awards

#5 Post by yoloswegmaster » Fri Sep 17, 2021 9:39 pm

Can I post alternative Uncut Gems posters and Gossip Girls GIFs?

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Re: 2021 Criterion Forum Awards

#6 Post by Matt » Fri Sep 17, 2021 9:45 pm

Seems like there would be only one serious contender for Most Flawed but the year is not over yet.

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Re: 2021 Criterion Forum Awards

#7 Post by criterionsnob » Sat Sep 18, 2021 12:07 am

I’d suggest renaming the category forever:

WONG KAR WAI AWARD FOR MOST FLAWED RELEASE

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Re: 2021 Criterion Forum Awards

#8 Post by omegadirective » Mon Sep 27, 2021 7:10 pm

Why are these listed as reissues and not upgrades?

REISSUES
—Three Films by Luis Buñuel
102 The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
290 The Phantom of Liberty
143 That Obscure Object of Desire
107 Mona Lisa
162 Ratcatcher
224 Pickup on South Street
226 Onibaba
285 Ashes and Diamonds
435 The Furies
1063 The Ascent

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Re: 2021 Criterion Forum Awards

#9 Post by domino harvey » Mon Sep 27, 2021 7:31 pm

They presumably contain some kind of new content, thus are reissued in a new version. An upgrade only maintains the pre existing content of the initial release. Previous iterations of the list did not always count new essays towards reissue content.

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Re: 2021 Criterion Forum Awards

#10 Post by swo17 » Mon Sep 27, 2021 7:37 pm

It's very simple actually--if you visit the page for each of those releases, you will see that there is at least one new special feature that wasn't on the original DVD release. Often, but not always, there will also be new cover art

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Re: 2021 Criterion Forum Awards

#11 Post by omegadirective » Tue Sep 28, 2021 1:15 pm

Ah, gotcha.
I had the definitions swapped in my mind.

I was thinking “upgrade” meant more, “reissue” was the same except for transfer or format.

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Re: 2021 Criterion Forum Awards

#12 Post by swo17 » Tue Sep 28, 2021 1:42 pm

It might be better to label them as "format upgrades"

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Re: 2021 Criterion Forum Awards

#13 Post by domino harvey » Tue Sep 28, 2021 1:48 pm

"Reissue" could also be called "Revamp" to make it clearer as well

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#14 Post by movielocke » Tue Sep 28, 2021 4:27 pm

I like the idea of "format upgrade" because it's both more clear and can easily encompass both bluray format upgrade and 4k format upgrades under one umbrella term.

Re-vamp is fun and in my mind more clear than "re-issue". I tend to think of re-vamps as "second editions" but I think "second edition" is almost as unclear as "re-issue"

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