The Criterion Contraption

Matthew Dessem is in the process of watching all of the movies in The Criterion Collection and writing about them on his blog, The Criterion Contraption. In true Criterion style, he’s writing detailed reviews with plenty of screen captures and interesting notes about each film.

For #83: The Harder They Come, I was surprised to find out that there were three different attempts to remake the film. Between 2003 and 2006, Eve, Mos Def and Lauryn Hill were attached to star in a remake.

When Dessem started The Criterion Contraption in 2004, there were 250 films in The Criterion Collection and the tag line for his site was “I’m going to watch every last DVD in The Criterion Collection.”

As 2009 draws to a close, there are 511 movies in The Criterion Collection. Earlier this month Dessem wrote about All That Heaven Allows, film 95 in the catalog. 419 movies to go. By the time he finishes this quest, DVDs and Blu-ray discs may be obsolete! (Via

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