Crime · Criterion Collection · Drama · South Korea · Violence

#670 The Housemaid (1960)

#670 The Housemaid 1960 // South Korea // Kim Ki-young Criterion Collection (LINK) The Housemaid is a profoundly subversive and provocative immoral tale written and directed by the South Korean director Kim Ki-young. Released in 1960, just one year before the commence of military dictatorship of Park Chung-hee, the film is often hailed as one of… Continue reading #670 The Housemaid (1960)

Crime · Criterion Collection · Drama · United Kingdom

#865 Blow-Up (1966)

#865 Blow-Up 1966 // UK // Michelangelo Antonioni Criterion Collection (LINK) Abstracted Reality and Inconceivable World It has been fifty years since Blow-up is released, even though the film’s impeccable art direction and the cultural phenomenon depicted encapsulate the moment of 60s swinging London perfectly, it still looks as refreshing now as it would have been in… Continue reading #865 Blow-Up (1966)

Crime · Criterion Collection · Drama · Silent Film · United States

#529 Underworld (1927)

#529 Underworld 1927 // USA // Josef von Sternberg Criterion Collection (LINK) The 1927 silent film Underworld was the first break-out hit from the Austria-born American film director Josef von Sternberg, who was more widely known for the seven sound-film collaborations with Marlene Dietrich in the 30s, in which Sternberg adopted a more sophisticated and stylistic aestheticism unfortunately overshadowed his early achievement in silent features. Underworld, a… Continue reading #529 Underworld (1927)

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

#860 Mildred Pierce (1945)

#860 Mildred Pierce 1945 // USA// Michael Curtiz Criterion Collection (LINK) James M. Cain’s 1941 hard boiled novel Mildred Pierce has been on my reading list for quite sometime. But instead of picking up the book and go for a read, I rewatch the film which based on the novel for a second time. The film Mildred Pierce, directed… Continue reading #860 Mildred Pierce (1945)

Adaptation · Crime · Drama · Film Noir · United States

#810 In a Lonely Place (1950)

#810 In a Lonely Place 1950 // USA // Nicholas Ray Criterion Release Date: 10 May 2016 (LINK) In a Lonely Place is the sort of film that I watched years ago without realising who, and how important, the director was. It didn’t leave a strong impression in my mind at that time, so it’s… Continue reading #810 In a Lonely Place (1950)

Crime · Drama · Eclipse Series · Film Noir · Japan

Eclipse Series 38: Masaki Kobayashi Against the System

Eclipse Series 38: Masaki Kobayashi Against the System   The Thick-Walled Room 1956 // Japan // Masaki Kobayashi Originally made in 1953, The Thick-Walled Room, the third feature made by Masaki Kobayashi, was shelved by the studio until 1956, in fear of any taboo subject of war criminals offending the Americans. Kobayashi was offered the chance… Continue reading Eclipse Series 38: Masaki Kobayashi Against the System

Adaptation · Crime · Criterion Collection · Drama · Film Noir · Germany

#793 The American Friend (1977)

#793 The American Friend 1977 // Germany // Wim Wenders Criterion Release Date: January 12, 2016 (LINK)   In 2015, two new films by Wim Wenders were screened separately in Hong Kong. One is the tremendously beautiful and absorbing biographical documentary The Salt of the Earth (2014); the other one, Every Thing Will Be Fine (2015),… Continue reading #793 The American Friend (1977)