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Criterion Collection: Prepare for these movies joining the catalog in 2021

The Criterion Collection has released its anticipated July titles list for 2021. What is the Criterion collection you may ask? It is an American distribution company that focuses on licensing “important classic and contemporary films”, a must-know for both cinephiles and film scholars. A monthly subscription for the Criterion Channel and its list of impressive films is currently priced at $10.00. 

So, just what films have been announced for a July release? Let’s take a look at the Criterion Collection list and find out. 

La Piscine

Directed by Jacques Deray, this 1969 psychological thriller stars Alain Delon, Romy Schneider, Maurice Ronet, and Jane Birkin. La Piscine, translated from French to “the swimming pool”, tells the story of a journalist’s boyfriend, who allows her former lover to drown in a pool. Now, faced with murder, the pair must face the music at the hands of a suspicious inspector who’s called on the case.

La Piscine currently sits at a 100% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes, albeit due to the fact that there are very few reviews for the film. But hey! That’s what the Criterion Collection is all about: shining a light on spectacular films that escaped the consciousness collection of its desired audience.    

Bringing Up Baby

Howard Hawks’s 1938 comedy Bringing Up Baby stars the legendary Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant. Released by RKO Radio Pictures, this film tells the story of a paleontologist who gets involved with a scatterbrained woman and her tame leopard, called Baby. The film, which is deservingly noted as a bit odd given its bizarre plot, seemed to have gotten lost amongst the slew of classics delivered by these two actors. 

The film has a Rotten Tomatoes critic rating of 93%, which perhaps demonstrates why Bringing Up Baby was added to the Criterion Collection List.  

Deep Cover

Directed by Bill Duke, 1992’s Deep Cover stars Larry Fishburne, now better known as Laurence Fishburne, Jeff Goldblum, and Charles Martin Smith. This action-thriller centers around L.A.’s biggest drug dealer (Goldblum), and an undercover cop (Fishburne) who poses as another dealer in an effort to bring him down. Of course, there are a few twists & turns along the way. 

Deep Cover currently sits at a critic rating of 83% on Rotten Tomatoes.  


Mirror is a 1975 Russian art piece directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, which tells the story of a dying man in his 40s whose day-to-day interactions with his family trigger a series of memories & dreams, including times in his childhood as well as on the battlefields of World War II. The film is a masterclass in non-linear storytelling, where memory & time are as twisted as a fresh box of Twizzlers. 

Mirror, or The Mirror is currently fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, sitting pretty at an impressive 100% critic rating. 

Working Girls

Working Girls is a 1986 Indie film, written & directed by Lizzie Borden, and not the one who gave her mother forty whacks, either. Working Girls stars Louise Smith, Deborah Banks, and Liz Caldwell, and tells the story of a college grad as well a lesbian who works as a top-dollar New York City escort.  

The film sits at a 90% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes and joins the list of Criterion Collection films that you simply have to check out if you haven’t yet had the chance.  

How do you feel about these upcoming movies that are soon to be released on the Criterion Collection list? Are you subscribed to the Criterion Collection? Have you seen any of these movies? If so, which one is your favorite or least favorite? Comment below and let us know your thoughts.

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