Criterion announces their March lineup which includes 45 YEARS, BLOW-UP and BEING THERE

Isn't it just the most bittersweet feeling whenever Criterion announces their latest monthly titles? You're in cinema heaven just looking, and drooling, at these brand-new covers of some of your very favorite films, but, at the same time, you know you're more than likely going to shell out a little too much money for these beauties.

I wrote an IndieWire article around a year ago which had to do with 10 films that really, badly deserved the Criterion treatment. One of those titles was "Blow-Up." I am ecstatic that this Antonioni classic is finally getting its due treatment on DVD/Blu-Ray.

The Hal Ashby directed "Being There" which has become the kind of under-seen classic that makes discovering great hidden gems such a treat, is also getting the Criterion treatment. Watch that Peter Sellers classic and tell me it's not the antecedent to 1994's inferior "Forrest Gump."

"45 Years," last year's Andrew Haigh directed film is mostly a showcase for its leading star Charlotte Rampling. I was left rather unsatisfied by the film, but I am in the minority here. I am planning on giving it a second look eventually.

"Multiple Maniacs" is John Waters' second feature film, he eventually followed it, and upped the ante, with the disgusting, outrageous and brilliant "Pink Flamingos." Both films feature Divine, the drag queen that made his name with these films and has become the stuff of cinematic lore due to his unabashed radical behavior on-screen, and off,  which broke major taboos in American film and set the stage for successors. Divine has to be seen to be believed.