Comedy · Criterion Collection · Japan

#84 Good Morning

#84 Good Morning 1959 // Japan // Yasujiro Ozu Criterion Collection (LINK) The Delightful Charm of Ozu The first thing that bumps out of my mind while talking about Yasujiro Ozu would be his sweetly melancholic family drama, additionally, it’s also a necessity to mention Tokyo Story (1953) in the same conversation and present it as the epitome of… Continue reading #84 Good Morning

Comedy · Criterion Collection · Drama · Food · Japan

#868 Tampopo (1985)

#868 Tampopo  1985 // Japan // Juzo Itami Criterion Collection (LINK) Tampopo, the second feature directed by Juzo Itami following the award-winning satirical comedy The Funeral (1984), is arguably Itami’s most renowned work. Described as a “Noodle Western” by Itami himself, Tampopo is the most delicious film I have ever watched, perhaps besides Babette’s Feast… Continue reading #868 Tampopo (1985)

Comedy · Criterion Collection · Drama · Romance · United States

#867 Woman of the Year (1942)

  #867 Woman of the Year  1942 // USA // George Stevens Criterion Collection (LINK) Condescension of Women: Cooking Wife or Career Woman While inserting the word “woman” onto the film title, Woman of the Year is surprisingly, in a horrendous way, a film of condescension of woman. The film is released in 1942, at the… Continue reading #867 Woman of the Year (1942)

Adaptation · Comedy · Criterion Collection · Drama · United States

#864 Being There (1979)

#864 Being There  1979 // USA // Hal Ashby Criterion Collection (LINK) Holyification of Innocence The ending scene from Hal Ashby’s 1979 film Being There has been stuck in my mind perpetually after only viewing the film once several years ago, it’s arguably a WTF moment. The well-dressed gardener, played by Peter Sellers, that we have been following… Continue reading #864 Being There (1979)

Comedy · Criterion Collection · Spain

#855 Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)

#855 Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown 1988 // Spain // Pedro Almodóvar Criterion Collection (LINK) I seldom approach a film via its title since most of the time it’s a commercial decision rather than artistic choice, while the remaining film titles are simply forgettable. Still there are moments that, though rarely, the film title… Continue reading #855 Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)

Comedy · Criterion Collection · Romance · Silent Film · United States

#662 Safety Last (1923)

#662 Safety Last! 1923 // USA // Fred Newmeyer and Sam Taylor Criterion Collection (LINK) There are three giants of silent film comedians, Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton invariably competing for the first spot, while the spectacled, collage-boy-looking Harold Lloyd seems to be consistently deemed as the least among them. It’s unfair for me to… Continue reading #662 Safety Last (1923)