Adaptation · Crime · Criterion Collection · France · Violence

#886 L’argent (1983)

Robert Bresson, The Sublime Minimalist Part 13 #886 L’argent 1983 // France // Robert Bresson Criterion Collection (LINK) Exchange of Sin and Absence of Redemption If I have to pick the most idiosyncratic director of all time, I would definitely vote for Monsieur Bresson, who single handedly revolutionized the philosophy of cinema and championed the art… Continue reading #886 L’argent (1983)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · Thriller · United Kingdom · United States · Violence

#182 Straw Dogs (1971)

#182 Straw Dogs 1971 // USA // Sam Peckinpah Criterion Collection (LINK) How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Acknowledge the Violence Once in a while, a film would emerge and shock me in complete awe with its depiction of ultra-violence and its lack of moral restraint. Sam Peckinpah’s controversial rape-and-home-invasion “horror” film Straw Dogs definitely belongs… Continue reading #182 Straw Dogs (1971)

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)