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Barry Lyndon (1975)

Barry Lyndon 1975 // UK, USA // Stanley Kubrick   Barry Lyndon is a film that requires to be watched in a big screen, not the big screen in a home theater set-up but the direct projection (film or digital) in the theater with a prevailing solemn atmosphere; it’s like admiring a vintage painting, you… Continue reading Barry Lyndon (1975)

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 · Silent Film · United States

#531 The Docks of New York (1928)

#531 The Docks of New York 1928 // USA // Josef von Sternberg   Criterion Collection (LINK) Despite Josef von Sternberg’s last silent entry The Case of Lena Smith was unfortunately lost, we could still observe a great deal of artistry and a summation of his all former silent works in The Docks of New York, his the last surviving silent film.… Continue reading #531 The Docks of New York (1928)

Adaptation · Comedy · Criterion Collection · Drama · United States

#864 Being There (1979)

#864 Being There  1979 // USA // Hal Ashby Criterion Collection (LINK) Holyification of Innocence The ending scene from Hal Ashby’s 1979 film Being There has been stuck in my mind perpetually after only viewing the film once several years ago, it’s arguably a WTF moment. The well-dressed gardener, played by Peter Sellers, that we have been following… Continue reading #864 Being There (1979)

Black Comedy · Criterion Collection · Cult · Horror · Independent Films · LGBT · United States

#863 Multiple Maniacs (1970)

#863 Multiple Maniacs 1970 // USA // John Waters Criterion Collection (LINK) It’s A Mad Mad Mad World I’m still finding words to articulate my thoughts on John Waters’s second feature film Multiple Maniacs. I’m speechless, stunned and feeling nausea right after the film ends. The film is grotesque, outlandish, outrageous, and above all, insulting. It’s only slightly… Continue reading #863 Multiple Maniacs (1970)

Criterion Collection · Drama · Silent Film · United States

#530 The Last Command (1928)

#530 The Last Command 1928 // USA // Josef von Sternberg Criterion Collection (LINK) Emil Jannings, a Swiss-born German actor, earned the first ever Academy Award for Best Actor in 1929 with his performance in Josef von Sternberg directed silent film The Last Command. Long before working in Hollywood, “The Magic Empire of The Twentieth Century! The Mecca of the World!”… Continue reading #530 The Last Command (1928)

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)