Adaptation · Crime · Criterion Collection · Drama · Japan

#912 An Actor’s Revenge (1963)

#912 An Actor’s Revenge 1963 // Japan // Kon Ichikawa Criterion Collection (LINK) Kon Ichikawa’s oeuvre lies across a large spectrum, from anti-war fable to Olympic documentary, from farcical comedy to detective story, and above all, various literature adaptations from authors like Soseki Natsume, Junichiro Tanizaki and Seishi Yokomizo. The screenplays are often written by his… Continue reading #912 An Actor’s Revenge (1963)

Adaptation · Crime · Criterion Collection · Drama · Thriller · United States

#13 The Silence of the Lamb (1991)

#13 The Silence of the Lamb 1991 // USA // Jonathan Demme Criterion Collection (LINK) The Silence of the Lamb is a psychological thriller, a police procedural, a serial killer horror, and above all, a feminist film. Yes Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) stole the show, but the heart and soul lies within Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster), a FBI rookie… Continue reading #13 The Silence of the Lamb (1991)

Crime · Criterion Collection · Drama · France

#306 Le Samouraï (1967)

#306 Le Samouraï 1967 // France // Jean-Pierre Melville Criterion Collection (LINK) At first we don’t see him. Jef (Alain Delon) had been lying on bed, unmoved, inside his drab room, dimly lighted and hardly decorated. Not till we see a puff of cigarette smoke do we realise his existence. Jef barely talked, words were rarely spoken… Continue reading #306 Le Samouraï (1967)

Crime · Criterion Collection · Drama · France

#218 Le Cercle Rouge (1970)

#218 Le Cercle Rouge 1970 // France // Jean-Pierre Melville Criterion Collection (LINK) Le Cercle Rouge holds a very special place in my heart, it’s the first Melville film I have seen, owning to the reputation that John Woo is a big fan of Melville as well as this particular film; secondly, it’s also one of… Continue reading #218 Le Cercle Rouge (1970)

Crime · Drama · France

Un Flic (1972)

Un Flic 1972 // France // Jean-Pierre Melville The distillation of Melville’s stylish gangster genre to a point where mannerism overrides the narrative, Un Flic was Melville’s last film before his death in 1973, and perhaps his most minimalistic, most “silent” film amidst his oeuvre. Dialogues are rarely conversated while gazings, often imbued with implicit desire,… Continue reading Un Flic (1972)

Crime · Diary · Drama · United States

1/10/2017

What I’ve been watching Theatrical Release:  Good Time (Dir: Ben Safdie, Josh Safdie) overall an admirable film, infused with electrifying score and captivating neon cinematography, even though I find the profound use of close-up is very frustrating half of the time; my major problem is how the plot unfolds, the aim of Robert Pattinson’s character… Continue reading 1/10/2017