Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Every week in the New York Times, Dave Kehr has been quietly crafting tiny jewels of cinephiliac writing in his "Critic's Choice" column. He pulls off the impressive feat of taking limited newspaper space and using it to shine a light on historically important and offbeat/obscure DVD releases; in doing so he also offers a model of how to weave together history, personal remembrance and brilliant formal analysis in a concise and accessible way.
This week, he highlights what sounds like an especially exciting new box set: "Classic British Thrillers," from MPI Video. All of the films sound good, but I was most excited to find out it included two early films from Michael Powell. There are few directors whose work I love more than Powell's, so I can't wait to check out Red Ensign and The Phantom Light. Head over to the Times to read Kehr's thoughts, and luxuriate in his essential critical voice.