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 · Drama · Japan

The Graceful Brute (1962)

Yuzo Kawashima Part 3: The Graceful Brute (Yuzo Kawashima, 1962) After only watched four-and-a-half film (the half part comes from a co-direction credit with Mikio Naruse) directed by Yuzo Kawashima, I could say he’s the most criminally underseen director, at least outside his home country. The Graceful Brute, one of his last efforts before his untimely death, is… Continue reading The Graceful Brute (1962)

Adaptation · Drama · Japan

The Lovelorn Geisha (1960), The Temple of Wild Geese (1962)

Yuzo Kawashima Part 2 The Lovelorn Geisha (Mikio Naruse, Yuzo Kawashima, 1960) Also known as Evening Stream, it’s an intriguing collaboration between Naruse and Kawashima. There’re traces of Kawashima’s emphatic comedic timing particularly in the opening pool scene, but the film still felt largely in the realm of Naruse’s ethical drama. The multi-threaded narrative hinged on the… Continue reading The Lovelorn Geisha (1960), The Temple of Wild Geese (1962)

Adaptation · Drama · Japan

Susaki Paradise – Red Light District (1956)

Yuzo Kawashima Part 1: Susaki Paradise – Red Light District (1956) The name of Japanese director Yuzo Kawashima is still largely an unknown to many cinephiles outside his homeland since all but one of his works are unavailable in proper release and subtitle. The exception is A Sun-Tribe Myth from the Bakumatsu Era (1957) which has… Continue reading Susaki Paradise – Red Light District (1956)

Adaptation · Comedy · Criterion Collection · Drama · United States

#901 The Philadelphia Story (1940)

#901 The Philadelphia Story 1940 // USA // George Cukor Criterion Collection (LINK) I like old Hollywood classics, especially screwball comedy with impeccable dialogue written by a self-aware cleverness, which is no longer, or rarely, detectable in contemporary films (the most recent exception is perhaps The Big Sick). But from time to time, I watched one… Continue reading #901 The Philadelphia Story (1940)

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)