Animation · Criterion Collection · France · Sci-Fi · Surrealism

#820 Fantastic Planet (1973)

#820 Fantastic Planet 1973 // France, Czechoslovakia // René Laloux   Criterion Release Date: 21 Jun 2016 (LINK) In a distant planet called Ygam, humans (a.k.a. Oms) are treated as either domestic pets (tamed Oms) or pests by the blue-skinned fin-ears giants Draags. A slaved child grows up to become part of a rebellion and save his… Continue reading #820 Fantastic Planet (1973)

Adaptation · Black Comedy · Comedy · Criterion Collection · United States

#819 Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)

#819 Here Comes Mr. Jordan 1941 // USA // Alexander Hall   Criterion Release Date: 14 Jun 2016 (LINK) Here Comes Mr. Jordan is a classical Hollywood screwball comedy which inspires sequel (Down to Earth in 1947) and remakes, most notably Warren Beatty’s Heaven Can Wait (1978). It even got seven Oscar nominations, won two… Continue reading #819 Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)

Adaptation · Comedy · Criterion Collection · Drama · France

#818 La chienne (1931)

#818 La chienne 1931 // France // Jean Renoir Criterion Release Date: 14 Jun 2016 (LINK) La chienne literally means “the bitch”, Jean Renoir first full length feature sound film uses the same sensational title as its source novel by Georges de La Fouchardière. It was remade by Fritz Lang in America as Scarlet Street (1945),… Continue reading #818 La chienne (1931)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · Italy

#817 Le amiche (1955)

#817 Le amiche 1955 // Italy // Michelangelo Antonioni Criterion Release Date: 7 Jun 2016 (LINK) Watching the fourth feature of Antonioni just reminded me how radical and transformative his later achievement in the 60s on modernistic cinema was. There are glimpses of Antonioni’s detached characteristics on human relationship, vacuous space and architecture, ferocious life of bourgeoisie in… Continue reading #817 Le amiche (1955)

Criterion Collection · Drama · Germany · Road Movie

#816 Kings of the Road (1976)

#816 Kings of the Road 1976 // Germany // Wim Wenders   Criterion Release Date: 31 May 2016 (LINK) Wim Wenders, along with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, were my introduction to German cinema, way back to my college years when my interest in world cinema started to grow exponentially. Kings of the Road was the first Wenders’ film… Continue reading #816 Kings of the Road (1976)