There's DVD, and then there's The Criterion Collection. They started by pioneering special-edition laserdiscs, and then exploded into the DVD scene, bringing us amazing collections of art house and mainstream films with great extra features and stellar restorations. You can check out the full, drool-worthy list on their website here. It's a list that often makes me scheme ways to schmooze up some copies, since the high-quality often comes at a high price. But did you know that there's a blogger out there who has made it his mission to watch every single one of them? Matthew Dessem started a few years ago, and he's still going strong.

Watching them might not be such a big feat if the dude wasn't also writing up in-depth reviews, equipped with screen captures, for each and every one. They're pretty hefty reviews too -- out of curiosity, I threw his latest, a review of Vagabond, into Word, and it almost boasts 1,700+ words. But size is nothin' without quality, which the blog also includes. You can turn things up to 11 with his This is Spinal Tap review, listen to an Autumn Sonata and question faith with The Last Temptation of Christ.

I'm really hoping he makes it all the way through. I can't even bring myself to regularly journal for more than a few months at a time, let alone make the effort to blog huge reviews with great screencaps just for my own pleasure. Keep up the great work, Mr. Dessem!
categories Cinematical