Criterion Collection · Drama · Philippines · Violence

#874 Insiang (1976)

#874 Insiang 1976 // Philippines // Lino Brocka Criterion Collection (LINK) Starting from the first image of Insiang, a squeaking pig is slain directly with a knife to its throat while being hung upside down in a slaughterhouse, Lino Brocka’s volatile blend of realism and melodrama is aimed to be brutally grim and indelibly blunt in the following… Continue reading #874 Insiang (1976)

Criterion Collection · Drama · France · Violence

#871 Dheepan (2015)

#871 Dheepan 2015 // France // Jacques Audiard Criterion Collection (LINK) The most strikingly beautiful shot in Dheepan happens soon after the prologue: some brimming butterflies slowly revealed themselves in slo-mo with a pitch-dark background and a lyrically sacred score, gradually we realised they are some glaring headbands worn by the titular character Dheepan (Antonythasan Jesuthasan)… Continue reading #871 Dheepan (2015)

Criterion Collection · Drama · Turkey · Violence

#688 Dry Summer (1964)

#688 Dry Summer 1964 // Turkey // Metin Erksan Criterion Collection (LINK) My knowledge on Turkish cinema is largely based on the two worldly renowned figures, the contemporary auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan and the veteran master Yilmaz Güney, apparently it’s far from comprehensive in the scope of time and quantity. So I’m particularly thankful for the restoration… Continue reading #688 Dry Summer (1964)

Crime · Criterion Collection · Drama · South Korea · Violence

#670 The Housemaid (1960)

#670 The Housemaid 1960 // South Korea // Kim Ki-young Criterion Collection (LINK) The Housemaid is a profoundly subversive and provocative immoral tale written and directed by the South Korean director Kim Ki-young. Released in 1960, just one year before the commence of military dictatorship of Park Chung-hee, the film is often hailed as one of… Continue reading #670 The Housemaid (1960)

Criterion Collection · Drama · Violence

#869 Rumble Fish (1983)

#869 Rumble Fish   1983 // USA // Francis Ford Coppola Criterion Collection (LINK) I have been constantly struggling with the filmography of Francis Ford Coppola, the man who directed the formidable Godfather (1972), I find myself either loving his films tremendously like Apocalypse Now (1979) and Godfather I and II, or simply dismissing them as if their… Continue reading #869 Rumble Fish (1983)

Criterion Collection · Drama · Horror · Mexico · Religion · Violence

#862 Canoa: A Shameful Memory (1976)

#862 Canoa: A Shameful Memory 1976 // Mexico // Felipe Cazals Criterion Collection (LINK) Traumatised Night And Shameful History Five Mexican young men have to seek shelter in a small town called San Miguel Canoa due to a torrential rain in the evening of 14th September, 1968. They are employees of the Autonomous University of Puebla… Continue reading #862 Canoa: A Shameful Memory (1976)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Independent Films · Romance · United States · Violence

#850 Something Wild (1961)

#850 Something Wild 1961 // USA // Jack Garfein Criterion Collection (LINK) Something Wild is the kind of film that one hardly heard of before, let alone watch it. But once you discover it, you would feel terribly sorry for its lack of recognition. Released in 1961 as one of the very first American independent film… Continue reading #850 Something Wild (1961)