Bil Antoniou

Criterion Maestro
Bil Antoniou is a Toronto-based actor and playwright who co-hosts the podcast BGM: Bad Gay Movies/Bitchy Gay Men and his own personal memory project podcast My Criterions. The rest of the time, he's usually watching movies and blogging about them at

Articles by Bil Antoniou:

  • March 26, 2023

    The Criterion Shelf: Starring Isabelle Huppert

    A film lover herself, Isabelle Huppert has often been drawn to roles because of directors, seeking out masters with impressive filmographies while also initiating collaborations with newcomers in whom she recognizes a spark.

  • December 27, 2022

    The Criterion Shelf: A Tribute To Sony Pictures Classics

    The latest edition of the Criterion Shelf surveys 30 years of Sony Pictures Classics streaming in Criterion Channel’s anniversary salute, including Volver, The Lives of Others, and that bomb City of Lost Children.

  • October 23, 2022

    The Criterion Shelf: ’80s Horror

    Dig into Criterion’s ’80s horror collection! A natural continuation of the shift that began with 1978’s Halloween, the new decade brought audiences ordinary humans from ordinary places who had an extraordinary ability to stick around until the next sequel.

  • May 27, 2022

    The Criterion Shelf: Directed by Juzo Itami

    Tampopo is a perfect summation of Juzo Itami’s vibe for its dark, almost cruel humour surrounding a sweet central relationship. “Japan is a culture where if you want something to eat, or you want to have sex, or whatever, you just do it,” the director once said.

  • The Criterion Shelf Starring Delphine Seyrig
    May 1, 2022

    The Criterion Shelf: Starring Delphine Seyrig

    That Shelf takes a look at Criterion’s tribute to Delphine Seyrig, celebrating the ninetieth anniversary of her birth and marking the thirtieth anniversary of her death.

  • March 26, 2022

    The Criterion Shelf: Pre-Code Paramount

    From Morocco to Kiss and Make-Up, Criterion Channel’s Pre-Code Paramount collection features some surprising violence and hanky panky with Marlene Dietrich and Mae West at their best.

  • December 18, 2021

    The Criterion Shelf: Read All About It!

    Ranking the films in Criterion Channel’s Read All About It series devoted to films about journalism like His Girl Friday and The Front Page.