Crit Mess in July: A Dynamic History of the Time Criterion Didn't Make Announcements on the 15th, 16th, or 17th

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Re: Quarantined Monthly Guessing Thread

#101 Post by Graphist » Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:25 pm

senseabove wrote:Well maybe someone's still at work... I've got a change-watcher set on the page that I enable on the 15th, and "Available July 16, 2019" just disappeared from under Klute and The Baker's Wife.
Jon Mulvaney?

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Re: Quarantined Monthly Guessing Thread

#102 Post by black&huge » Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:39 pm

Wasn't the latest that announcements were made in some year around 7 pm est?

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Re: Quarantined Monthly Guessing Thread

#103 Post by senseabove » Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:40 pm

yoloswegmaster wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:16 pm
senseabove wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:07 pm
Well maybe someone's still at work... I've got a change-watcher set on the page that I enable on the 15th, and "Available July 16, 2019" just disappeared from under Klute and The Baker's Wife.
They're moving those 2 titles to the "New Releases" section since it's beung released tomrorow.
The why wasn't a question. It was the when: at ~8PM Eastern, which means, given the above speculation about office hours, an intern must've sat bolt upright mid-Wynona rant, realized they forgot to do something, and run back to the office. Just not to do what we're all waiting for...

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Re: Quarantined Monthly Guessing Thread

#104 Post by dustybooks » Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:44 pm

It occurs to me that the delay can come from only one thing: nerves. Namely, the jitters that come from being the only company bold enough to announce the American premiere of spine #1000, A Rainy Day in New York.

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Re: Quarantined Monthly Guessing Thread

#105 Post by Yaanu » Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:52 pm

I'd assume that the power outage the other day is what's led to the delay, but any delay for any reason should have gotten an explanation by now.

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Re: Quarantined Monthly Guessing Thread

#106 Post by kcota17 » Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:55 pm

Criterions above giving explanations anymore. It’s been years now since they’ve addressed the public on any matter.

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Re: Quarantined Monthly Guessing Thread

#107 Post by FrauBlucher » Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:06 pm

Yaanu wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:52 pm
I'd assume that the power outage the other day is what's led to the delay, but any delay for any reason should have gotten an explanation by now.
The power outage was only in a small part of Manhattan no where near the Criterion offices. And only lasted several hours on a Saturday evening.

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Re: Quarantined Monthly Guessing Thread

#108 Post by Brian C » Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:06 pm

There’s no reason they “should” give an explanation. Usually announcements are on the 15th, sometimes they’re late. No big deal.

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Re: Quarantined Monthly Guessing Thread

#109 Post by movielocke » Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:09 pm

The best explanation I saw (from facebook) was that Monday (today) is a holiday in Japan, and noone is working at Toho. The theory being, criterion had something last minute they had to clear before announcing the Godzilla set, and couldn't coordinate because of the Holiday.

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Re: Quarantined Monthly Guessing Thread

#110 Post by Brian C » Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:13 pm

Or it could be that the Citizen Kane cover wasn’t quite the right shade of pink.

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Re: Quarantined Monthly Guessing Thread

#111 Post by swo17 » Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:21 pm

The cartoon of William Randolph Hurst looked too much like Cary Grant

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Re: Quarantined Monthly Guessing Thread

#112 Post by Bressonaire » Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:18 pm

Haxan or the Devil and Daniel Webster would indeed be very far fetched. They are plausible in that they could be upgraded, and both would be releases I happily purchase, but no one is guessing them and there's no reason to think they're coming anytime soon, so him guessing these two of all possible choices is suspicious
Well, Domino, I don't know why they'd be far-fetched; we're talking about the month of Halloween, whose theme has always been ghouls, ghosts and monsters (e.g., Kuroneko, The Uninvited, and others of their ilk arrived in October). Since Criterion launched the channel, I've been suspecting that the releases seem to have more themes and pairings (the way they do on the channel, starting with Columbia Noir). It may be my own personal instinct, but last month confirmed it for me. I balked then at naming three comedies, and Criterion released four. They made it comedy month. So this month I'm picking Godzilla movies and horror/ghost upgrades from the backlog—which are more likely to be upgraded this month than any other.

(And Uncle Jon says to stop picking on me....)

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Re: Quarantined Monthly Guessing Thread

#113 Post by swo17 » Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:49 pm

The point is that there have been no previous clues about those particular titles and it's already a statistical impossibility that you are not a mole

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Quarantined Monthly Guessing Thread

#114 Post by movielocke » Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:09 am

Somewheres back in the distant yesteryear of this thread I guessed haxan for October a couple years in a row based on the same supposition, but it never came to pass, and most years there is no halloweenish title in October.

I’d say “mole” is harsh, more likely one to two Kevin bacons away in vendor/client relationship with criterion in printing or licensing, for example.

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Re: Quarantined Monthly Guessing Thread

#115 Post by Graphist » Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:29 am

Stop picking on the future-teller!

Bressonaire, please tell us what the November 2020 announcements are!

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Re: Quarantined Monthly Guessing Thread

#116 Post by Dr Amicus » Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:23 am

Just as a thought, in addition to the 666 links, 999 is the UK equivalent of 911 - so if there are any British films centered on the police / ambulance / fire services on the schedule (especially one where they would have the UK rights too) that might be a possibility.

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Re: Quarantined Monthly Guessing Thread

#117 Post by Shrew » Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:29 am

movielocke wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:09 am
Somewheres back in the distant yesteryear of this thread I guessed haxan for October a couple years in a row based on the same supposition, but it never came to pass, and most years there is no halloweenish title in October.
Criterion actually has been pretty regular about releasing at least one Horror film in October for the last decade.
2018-Sisters
2017-Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me/The Lure
2016-Trilogia del Toro
2015-The Brood/Kwaidan/Mulholland Dr, Vanishing
2014-The Vanishing (but I also assume Eraserhead and The Innocents were pushed up to Sep that year to make room for the Tati box in Oct)
2013-I Married a Witch/Eyes Without a Face/The Uninvited
2012-Rosemary's Baby
2011-Kuroneko/Island of Lost Souls
2010-House

That said, I think the most likely release for 999 would be Bergman's Hour of the Wolf. So...
Beat King Absurdity
Hour of the Wolf
Citizen Kane
Godzilla box (unnumbered, to actually be released in November)

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Re: Quarantined Monthly Guessing Thread

#118 Post by movielocke » Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:23 pm

Thanks shrew! Just goes to show since I don’t watch horror I haven’t seen/bought very many of those titles (only seen one or two) I completely didn’t know the pattern was that stable.

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Re: Quarantined Monthly Guessing Thread

#119 Post by captveg » Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:24 pm

With Toho doing a rare appearance at SDCC this week, I think there's a fair chance that even if the other announcements go up today that the Godzilla set won't be announced until that panel.

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Re: Quarantined Monthly Guessing Thread

#120 Post by FrauBlucher » Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:17 pm

When is that panel scheduled?

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Re: Quarantined Monthly Guessing Thread

#121 Post by ng4996 » Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:28 pm

FrauBlucher wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:17 pm
When is that panel scheduled?
If I recall correctly, the panel is on the 19th

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Re: Quarantined Monthly Guessing Thread

#122 Post by modernmalaise » Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:00 pm

Häxan's page seems to have an HD clip posted
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Re: Quarantined Monthly Guessing Thread

#123 Post by FrauBlucher » Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:06 pm

Damn you Bressonaire, haha

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Re: Quarantined Monthly Guessing Thread

#124 Post by soundchaser » Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:07 pm

modernmalaise wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:00 pm
Häxan's page seems to have an HD clip posted
Bressonaire wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:46 pm
Upgrade of Hãxan (this would fit with a Halloween horror/witch theme, and even though silents are rare and we've had two this year,
I feel like there'll be at least one more)
Unreal.

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Re: Quarantined Monthly Guessing Thread

#125 Post by cdnchris » Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:08 pm

modernmalaise wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:00 pm
Häxan's page seems to have an HD clip posted
Sooo... Everyone is in agreement Bressonaire is a witch, right? There is no way he just pulled that title out of nowhere.

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