We’re getting close to the time of year when Criterion normally holds one of their 50% off flash sales. I’m always tempted to pick up something I haven’t seen (and sometimes do), but would like to trim my choices down to films I have seen and want to own.
But of course, I’ve seen none of the films on this list!
The only film I know I’ll pick up without a doubt is Gilda, since it’s one of the few always-mentioned must-see film noir movies that has so far evaded me. I’ll get it; it’s a given.
I’ll probably see a library copy of Inside Llewyn Davis before the flash sale. I love the Coens, but not every film from them is a must-own.
The same goes for Wim Wenders. I love some of his films (Paris, Texas and Wings of Desire) and I love most of the Tom Ripley adaptations I’ve seen, so I’ll probably like The American Friend, but I’d sure like to sample it first.
I have heard nothing but great things about John Frankenheimer’s Seconds, but have never seen it. It’s on YouTube, so I should just go ahead and watch it tonight.
Okay, I’m ready for you to throw things at me…. I have never seen Michael Mann’s Thief. I watched about the first 20 minutes streaming during lunch a few months ago, just before it was removed, and now it’s back on Amazon Prime, so I have no excuse.
There are plenty of other temptations, but they won’t be released until after the late February/early March sale.
So… Which titles are you thinking about picking up at the next flash sale?