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)

Adaptation · Crime · Criterion Collection · Drama · Film Noir · Romance · United States

#880 They Live By Night (1948)

#880 They Live By Night 1948 // USA // Nicholas Ray Criterion Collection (LINK) The Beginning of an Outsider Nicholas Ray’s debut feature They Live By Night starts by showing a boy and a girl enjoying themselves in a cheerful and romantic mode, with an overlapping statement “This boy … and this girl … were never properly introduced… Continue reading #880 They Live By Night (1948)

Adaptation · Black Comedy · Comedy · Criterion Collection · Romance · United States

#872 Ghost World (2001)

#872 Ghost World 2001 // USA // Terry Zwigoff Criterion Collection (LINK) 1% Relatable Terry Zwigoff’s Ghost World, his first feature-film debut after making two fascinating documentaries Louie Bluie and Crumb, is first and foremost featuring no ghost. Loosely adapted from a graphic novel by Daniel Clowes, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Zwigoff, the film… Continue reading #872 Ghost World (2001)

Adaptation · Drama · France · Romance

Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971)

Robert Bresson, The Sublime Minimalist Part 10 Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971)   Four Nights of a Dreamer (French: Quatre nuits d’un rêveur) is based on the short story “White Night” written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, it’s the second Dostoyevsky’s work adapted by Robert Bresson since his preceding film A Gentle Woman (1969). The same short story… Continue reading Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971)

Comedy · Criterion Collection · Drama · Romance · United States

#867 Woman of the Year (1942)

  #867 Woman of the Year  1942 // USA // George Stevens Criterion Collection (LINK) Condescension of Women: Cooking Wife or Career Woman While inserting the word “woman” onto the film title, Woman of the Year is surprisingly, in a horrendous way, a film of condescension of woman. The film is released in 1942, at the… Continue reading #867 Woman of the Year (1942)

Criterion Collection · Drama · Romance · United Kingdom

#861 45 Years (2015)

#861 45 Years 2015 // UK // Andrew Haigh Criterion Collection (LINK) 45 Years is actually a horror story about an aged married couple haunted by the resurgence of a ghost associated to the past of the husband and subsequently crumbles their marital relationship. I find it much scarier in the second viewing as I have… Continue reading #861 45 Years (2015)

Criterion Collection · Drama · Romance · United States

#859 Before Midnight (2013)

#859 Before Midnight 2013 // USA // Richard Linklater Criterion Collection (LINK) Before Sunrise (1994) opens with a scene of middle-aged married couple in a ferocious argument on train, ironically, the disquieting quarrel is the reason why Celine (Julie Delpy) changes her seat and leads to the fateful meeting with her future soulmate Jesse (Ethan Hawke). The… Continue reading #859 Before Midnight (2013)