Criterion Collection · Documentary · Italy · Neorealism · War

#499 Germany, Year Zero (1948)

#499 Germany, Year Zero 1948 // Italy // Roberto Rossellini Criterion Collection (LINK) Roberto Rossellini’s venture into the realm of realism on his war-torn homeland in Rome, Open City (1945) and Paisan (1946) had portrayed the German, aka the Nazi, as a pure corruption with hubristic personality and introverted sexuality, or otherwise a nameless, faceless abstraction… Continue reading #499 Germany, Year Zero (1948)

Criterion Collection · Documentary · Mystery · Thailand

#875 Mysterious Object at Noon (2000)

#875 Mysterious Object at Noon 2000 // Thailand // Apichatpong Weerasethakul Criterion Collection (LINK) My impression on Thai cinema is occupied by the name Apichatpong Weerasethakul, action star Tony Jaa and the once market-dominating ghost horror films. Amidst aforementioned, Apichatpong is probably the most recognisable name among cinephiles and festival-goers, and from watching all of his major features,… Continue reading #875 Mysterious Object at Noon (2000)

Criterion Collection · Documentary · Germany

#569 People on Sunday (1930)

  #569 People on Sunday 1930 // Germany // Robert Siodmak, Edgar G. Ulmer Criterion Collection (LINK) People on Sunday occupies an unique time and space in cinema history. Produced in 1929 and released one year later at the late silent film era, it marked the near-end Weimar cinema in which the epoch of expressionism was replaced with… Continue reading #569 People on Sunday (1930)

African · Criterion Collection · Documentary · Music

#689 Trances (1981)

#689 Trances 1981 // Morocco // Ahmed El Maanouni Criterion Collection (LINK) Watching Trances, a documentary about the musical group Nass El Ghiwane, and listening to the featuring Moroccan music which I’m totally ignorant of alike my experience on the Cuban music in Buena Vista Spcial Club (1999), is an absolutely comforting experience. Directed by Ahmed El Maanouni, whose first… Continue reading #689 Trances (1981)

Criterion Collection · Cuba · Documentary · Music

#866 Buena Vista Social Club (1999)

#866 Buena Vista Social Club (1999) 1999 // US, Cuba, France, Germany, UK // Wim Wenders Criterion Collection (LINK) I like listening to music, most of the time they are pop songs, seldom would I have the initiation to explore the different kinds music or their origins, so I’m definitely not a musical guy. It’s a… Continue reading #866 Buena Vista Social Club (1999)

Criterion Collection · Documentary

#33 Nanook of the North (1922)

#33 Nanook of the North (1922) 1922 // USA // Robert Flaherty Criterion Collection (LINK) Nanook of the North is the kind of film that its perpetual reputation and formidable status in cinema history indeed eclipse the film itself. Released in 1922 with rave reviews, it continues to dazzle film critics in the 21st century, recently ranked at… Continue reading #33 Nanook of the North (1922)

Criterion Collection · Documentary

#425 Antonio Gaudí (1984)

#425 Antonio Gaudí 1984 // Japan // Hiroshi Teshigahara   Criterion Release Date:  18 Mar 2008 (LINK) Barcelona belongs to Antonio Gaudí. It could be too bold (or maybe ignorant) to make a statement like this, but I wholeheartedly believe so, despite the fact that I have never set foot on Catalonia or even Spain before. My knowledge on Gaudí… Continue reading #425 Antonio Gaudí (1984)