the complaints of "Why is Criterion releasing x instead of what we wanted?" get tiresome year after year.
It's an annual annoyance for me too, but I guess I can see more justification for the complaining this time.
If this had only been an announcement of Tiny Furniture
, I don't think it would be as big of deal. I would certainly question their judgment, but ultimately just chalk it up to the brass at Criterion having a different take on the film than I did. I wasn't particularly crazy about Gomorrah
, or Hunger
either, but I didn't really care that Criterion wanted to release them. Even though I think Tiny Furniture
makes each of those look like a masterpiece, I imagine that I would have met its announcement with similar indifference.
The annoyance was compounded this time though, because of the way the news broke. For the first time, it really does seem
like they are choosing one film over others (even though we know they could actually release all of them). It was, "Here are four films that Criterion has access too. They have chosen to pass on the three well-received films by established masters, but will be releasing the self-indulgent home video by the obnoxious kid." Even though that's probably not the way it really went down, that's the perception, and that's one reason why Tiny Furniture
is getting more flack than normal.
Despite all this, I'm not particularly concerned, because I think that Becker-Turell Overdrive will eventually come to their senses regarding Certified Copy
at least, and Tiny Furniture
will ultimately just be a forum punchline a la Solo con tu pareja