Crime · Criterion Collection · Film Noir · France · Independent Films

#150 Bob le Flambeur (1956)

#150 Bob le Flambeur 1956 // France // Jean-Pierre Melville Criterion Collection (LINK) Bob le Flambeur is ended with an irony, a tease of “uselessness of effort” in which Jean-Pierre Melville particularly liked. It reminds of the human’s futility in the sense of fatalism, a view that probably stands against a gambler’s code of practice: they… Continue reading #150 Bob le Flambeur (1956)

Biography · Criterion Collection · Music · United Kingdom

#20 Sid & Nancy (1986)

#20 Sid & Nancy 1986 // UK // Alex Cox Criterion Collection (LINK) Before delving into the intoxicating film Sid & Nancy, I had never heard of Sex Pistols, I have zero interest on punk rock, and I had no idea it’s indeed a biopic, or sort of inspiration from real events. The first thing the film… Continue reading #20 Sid & Nancy (1986)

Adaptation · Comedy · Criterion Collection · Thriller · United States

#163 Hopscotch (1980)

#163 Hopscotch 1980 // USA // Ronald Neame Criterion Collection (LINK) Hopscotch is the parody of espionage film, the comic essence of the ugly reality of the intelligence agency of the so-called “global police,” and above all a political satire that is as relevant today as it had been forty years ago. Still the most important part… Continue reading #163 Hopscotch (1980)

Black Comedy · Criterion Collection · Drama · United Kingdom

#890 Meantime (1984)

#890 Meantime 1984 // UK // Mike Leigh Criterion Collection (LINK) Meantime, and quite a few Mike Leigh films, are good films that I find no enjoyment out of watching. Unlike the filthiness permeated in John Waters films or the torturing cruelty displayed in films by Michael Haneke, I am simply being annoyed by the Leigh’s… Continue reading #890 Meantime (1984)

Adaptation · Crime · Criterion Collection · Film Noir · United States

#889 The Breaking Point (1950)

#889 The Breaking Point 1950 // USA // Michael Curtiz Criterion Collection (LINK) The world is unforgiving and full of sins, I learnt that from watching the global news and film-noir, a genre defined by its dark atmosphere. Many film critics deduced rules of this particular genre like the shadowy dark city setting, the presence of… Continue reading #889 The Breaking Point (1950)

Adaptation · Crime · Criterion Collection · France · LGBT

#398 Les Enfants Terribles (1950)

#398 Les Enfants Terribles 1950 // France // Jean-Pierre Melville Criterion Collection (LINK) Two Heads of the Same Coin There’s a famous quote from François Truffaut commenting on the filmic adaptation of Les Enfants Terribles in which he firmly asserted “Jean Cocteau’s best novel became Jean-Pierre Melville’s best film.” I haven’t read the original novel published in 1929 by the… Continue reading #398 Les Enfants Terribles (1950)