Watch Edgar Wright Make Some Selections From the Famous Criterion Closet
Criterion continues to add some of the best films in cinema history to their collection year after year, and their releases have become collector’s items for hardcore cinephiles. It’s not just fans like you and me who are into what Criterion’s putting out—many famous directors and stars are also hugely into the releases, and several of them have visited the Criterion Closet over the years to make and recommend some selections to like-minded viewers. The latest famous face to visit the company’s special closet is none other than Edgar Wright, who makes some really great selections.
Previous visitors to the Criterion Closet include directors like Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer) and Mike Leigh, and actors like Bill Hader and Alec Baldwin. Wright takes his turn this week, stepping into the intimidating library of Criterion titles to offer a few recommendations along with some fun stories. Although he admits to being jet-lagged, he’s still pretty stoked for his highly-anticipated visit.
Among the titles he suggests: French horror thriller Eyes Without a Face, which comes with a funny anecdote about Wright’s father (who apparently also has great taste in films) and Akira Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood, which Wright says he only saw for the first time recently in a theater. He also offers Nicolas Roeg’s intensely fantastic and unnerving classic horror film Don’t Look Now, starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie.
So if you were looking for a few Criterion titles to add to your collection, or if you’re new to the collecting game and need a place to get started, Wright’s recommendations are a great place to start.