Criterion Collection · Drama · History · United States

#320 Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)

#320 Young Mr. Lincoln 1939 // USA // John Ford Criterion Collection (LINK) It’s apparent the recent release of Criterion catalogue has a political agenda, the high-school political satire in Election (1999), and the self (narcissistic) portrait of the Ugandan dictator in General Idi Amin Dada (1974), both highlights year 2017 as the beginning of the… Continue reading #320 Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)

Black Comedy · Comedy · Criterion Collection · United States

#904 Election (1999)

#904 Election 1999 // USA // Alexander Payne Criterion Collection (LINK) It’s an incredible fun to watch Election, a political satire that highlights eloquently and hilariously the absurdities in unethical politics and immoral personal issues; yet it’s extremely sorrowful that Election is also a recount as well as a presage of the political landscape in a… Continue reading #904 Election (1999)

Comedy · Criterion Collection · France · Music

#160 À nous la liberté (1931)

#160 À nous la liberté 1931 // France // René Clair Criterion Collection (LINK) What’s freedom? At one point during the film, we hear the children voice singing “work is liberty” because, as it self-explained paradoxically, “work is mandatory.” In René Clair lyrically crafted musical comedy À nous la liberté, the factory workers of a gramophone manufacturer, owned… Continue reading #160 À nous la liberté (1931)

Criterion Collection

A Sun-Tribe Myth from the Bakumatsu Era (1957)

Yuzo Kawashima Part 4: A Sun-Tribe Myth from the Bakumatsu Era (Yuzo Kawashima, 1957) Ranked the forth place in the Kinema Junpo’s Greatest Japanese Films Poll in 2009 (5th in 1999), A Sun-Tribe Myth from the Bakumatsu Era is still very much underappreciated outside Japan. Thankfully a splendid restoration has been distributed in the west in recent… Continue reading A Sun-Tribe Myth from the Bakumatsu Era (1957)

Adaptation · Comedy · Criterion Collection · France · Music · Romance

#72 Le Million (1931)

#72 Le Million 1931 // France // René Clair Criterion Collection (LINK) The epitome of early “talkie” musical, René Clair‘s delightful Le Million, arguably his best work, is still a silly yet euphoric film to watch. It could cheer a depressive person up effortlessly with its simplicity. The experimental use of synchronized soundtrack in Under the… Continue reading #72 Le Million (1931)

Criterion Collection · France · Germany · Horror

#437 Vampyr (1932)

#437 Vampyr 1932 // Germany, France // Carl Theodor Dreyer Criterion Collection (LINK) Vampyr is all about mood, about the unsettling wandering among the dead and the unreal, about the ominous disjointed space constructed meticulously onscreen by the Danish master Carl Th. Dreyer. Vampyr has all the essential characters for a “horror story,” a malicious vampire,… Continue reading #437 Vampyr (1932)