Criterion Teases 'Being John Malkovich,' 'Y Tu Mama Tambien,' 'Harold & Maude,' 'Quadrophenia' & More In New Year's Clue

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by Kevin Jagernauth
January 3, 2012 10:37 AM
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In what has become an annual tradition, The Criterion Collection has rung in the New Year with a mega-clue posted on Facebook to tease fans of what it has on deck for the coming year. Some of them are titles that have been heavily rumored or already announced, while others are some pleasant surprises. And while Criterion is leaving the guessing to fans until they officially announce the films sometime in the next twelve months, their followers (particularly those at the Criterion Forum) have had a pretty good track record of deciphering the clues.

So, what can we expect? Among the obvious is the already announced re-issue of "A Night To Remember" evidenced by the giant iceberg (though some say it's a wet rock pointing to Wim Wenders' "Pina"). The trio of lovers in an embrace hints at Alfonso Cuaron's "Y Tu Mama Tambien," long rumored to be added to the collection. The old woman on a motorcycle points to Hal Ashby's classic "Harold & Maude" (awesome) while the standalone bike suggests The Who's grand rock opera "Quadrophenia." And let's not forget the honking for Jean-Luc Godard's "Week End" (which was inevitable after sister company Janus re-released the movie to arthouses this year).

The female marionette ties into "Being John Malkovich," while the gravedigger hints at "Shallow Grave" (a great genre movie, but Criterion material?). Meanwhile, the smiling billboard points to the bonkers "Eating Raoul."

Other movies coming down the pike include "My Summer With Monika" (girl lying on top of the car) and the silent "Lonesome" (the Coney Island sign) while the big question mark still to be filled is what is up with the three oysters and the samurai dudes.

Either way, looks like another smashing year from Criterion, so start saving your allowance.

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8 Comments

  • TC | January 5, 2012 8:28 PMReply

    Criterion already announced the release of "Three Outlaw Samurai" for March (I Think), but the Oysters, I have no clue...

  • actionman | January 3, 2012 6:28 PMReply

    where's Fincher's THE GAME?!

  • Ryan Gallagher | January 3, 2012 2:17 PMReply

    We had this broken down before the folks on the forum: http://criterioncast.com/2012/01/01/wacky-new-years-drawing-hints-at-criterions-2012-slate-of-releases/

  • Toby | January 3, 2012 11:56 AMReply

    THREE OUTLAW SAMURAI

  • Mario | January 3, 2012 11:03 AMReply

    I can see a bow. Maybee The Bow (2005) by Kim Ki-Duk?

  • paul | January 3, 2012 10:47 AMReply

    What if the giant rock in the center is signifying they're releasing Michael Bay's only good movie on Bluray- THE ROCK. It is already a Criterion release... but on DVD.

  • ryan | July 16, 2012 4:39 PM

    the rock blu is missing a few things

  • James | January 3, 2012 2:13 PM

    I believe the existing Disney Blu-Ray of THE ROCK already includes all the old Criterion bonus features.

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