This comes after the blog of the CriterionCast podcast alluded to a conversation with IFC Films about future titles getting Criterionized.
The last several years, Criterion has had something like a right-of-first-refusal deal with IFC Films. The idea being, I guess, to build their brand among Junior Cinephiles by getting the kids excited over which recent import has been tagged as a part of film history. This will, presumably, draw college kids back deeper into the Janus Films library, and into the weirder recesses of the collection. The end result of all this has been the instant canonization of a couple of genuine contemporary classics, and a couple of real head-scratchers. There are some, uh, divided opinions on this.
From the CriterionCast blog post, incidentally, we also learn a bit about some possible Errol Morris titles, and the likely if somewhat inexplicable rejection of Certified Copy.
Anyway. This instant induction into cinema history is not helping our envy any. Will Richard Brody do the liner notes? Or is that too obvious?