Black Comedy · Criterion Collection · Drama · United Kingdom

#890 Meantime (1984)

#890 Meantime 1984 // UK // Mike Leigh Criterion Collection (LINK) Meantime, and quite a few Mike Leigh films, are good films that I find no enjoyment out of watching. Unlike the filthiness permeated in John Waters films or the torturing cruelty displayed in films by Michael Haneke, I am simply being annoyed by the Leigh’s… Continue reading #890 Meantime (1984)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · Horror · Mystery · Religion · United States

#541 The Night of the Hunter (1955)

#541 The Night of the Hunter 1955 // USA // Charles Laughton Criterion Collection (LINK) A Hard World for Little Things A self-proclaimed preacher, with H.A.T.E. tattooed on his left hand knuckles and L.O.V.E. on the other, speaks to the Lord humbly while driving a stolen car. He confesses his confusion over the number of widows… Continue reading #541 The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · France · History · Independent Films · War

#755 Le Silence de la Mer (1949)

#755 Le Silence de la Mer 1949 // France // Jean-Pierre Melville Criterion Collection (LINK) Resist Against All Odds The name of Jean-Pierre Melville has been strongly alluded to the “cool” style heist/gangster film in my mind that I almost forget his three-time ventures into war film. Indeed, excluding his first short film, Melville’s debut feature Le… Continue reading #755 Le Silence de la Mer (1949)

Crime · Criterion Collection · Drama · France

#314 Pickpocket (1959)

Robert Bresson, The Sublime Minimalist Part 5 #314 Pickpocket 1959 // France // Robert Bresson Criterion Collection (LINK) Bresson’s Sleight of Hand Bresson’s fifth feature Pickpocket opens with a statement asserting the nature of the film and proclaiming a non-thriller itself, probably too self-concern for a master to insert such a preface, but indeed for anyone expecting a… Continue reading #314 Pickpocket (1959)

Criterion Collection · Drama · Italy · Neorealism · War

#498 Paisan (1946)

#498 Paisan 1946 // Italy // Roberto Rossellini Criterion Collection (LINK) After gaining critical acclaim for his post war neorealism entry Rome, Open City (1945), Roberto Rossellini, together with his collaborators Sergio Amidei, Federico Fellini and others, expanded their trait of approaching “reality” from one city to the whole country. Following the same spatial direction and chronological order of liberation… Continue reading #498 Paisan (1946)

Criterion Collection · Drama · Italy · Neorealism · War

#497 Rome, Open City (1945)

#497 Rome, Open City 1945 // Italy // Roberto Rossellini Criterion Collection (LINK) People expecting an utter “realism” in Rome, Open City as allured by the attached label of the groundbreaking neorealism may find themselves be disappointed by the artificiality of melodrama and the ordinariness of the style. The paradox is they are having a different kind… Continue reading #497 Rome, Open City (1945)