The Fisher King

Terry Gilliam: The Fisher King

This past month, The Criterion Collection brought out a title they once had in print on LaserDisc back in the 1990s: Terry Gilliam’s urban chivalric romance The Fisher King. Trevor reviews the film and the new edition. Read the full post.

The Killers Cover

The Killers

Today you can pick up an upgrade of The Criterion Collection’s double feature of films based on Ernest Hemingway’s “The Killers,” featuring Robert Siodmak’s 1946 film noir and Don Siegel’s 1964 crime drama (as well as Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1956 student film version). Trevor reviews the new edition. Read the full post.


Alice Munro: “Half a Grapefruit”

Trevor and Betsy continue their work through Alice Munro’s The Beggar Maid. Here are their thoughts on “Half a Grapefruit.” Read the full post.

Voices in the Night

Steven Millhauser: Voices in the Night

Always excited to delve into the strange worlds Steven Millhauser concocts, Trevor reviews Millhauser’s latest collection of stories, Voices in the Night. Read the full post.


Today We Turn Seven

Today The Mookse and the Gripes turns seven! Trevor briefly reflects. Read the full post.

Maps for Lost Lovers

Nadeem Aslam: Maps for Lost Lovers

Chris reviews Nadeem Aslam’s 2004 novel, Maps for Lost Lovers, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and wonders what such a novel would look like today, eleven years on. Read the full post.

Anatomy of a Murder

CriterionCast Episode 160: Otto Preminger’s Anatomy of a Murder

Once again, I had the great pleasure of joining in a conversation at The CriterionCast, this time to discuss Otto Preminger’s 1959 film, Anatomy of a Murder. Read the post and find a link to the podcast.

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Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

Jaromil Jireš: Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

In 1970, riding the last oscillations of the Czech New Wave, director Jaromil Jireš created a phantasmagoric look at a young girls maturation, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders, containing the energy and creativity of the Czech New Wave — as well as a healthy dose of its metaphorical subterfuge. Today marks the film’s release on a new Criterion Collection Blu-ray and DVD. Read the full post.


Alejandro Zambra: “Reading Comprehension: Text No. 1″

This week’s New Yorker fiction is Alejandro Zambra’s “Reading Comprehension: Text No. 1.” Come join the discussion! Read the full post.

The Musical Brain

César Aira: The Musical Brain and Other Stories

Trevor reviews César Aira’s collection of short stories, The Musical Brain, translated from the Spanish by Chris Andrews. Read the full post.

The Bridge

Bernhard Wicki: The Bridge

In 1959, Bernhard Wicki adapted Gregor Dorfmeister’s anti-war novel, The Bridge, into a film of the same name that would help usher German cinema back to international attention and go on to influence many directors involved in the New German Cinema that flourished in the 1970s. Today, The Criterion Collection is releasing the film on Blu-ray and DVD. Trevor reviews the film and the Criterion Blu-ray edition. Read the full post.

Fassbinder Part I