Criterion Collection · Drama · India

#911 The Hero (1966)

#911 The Hero 1966 // India // Satyajit Ray Criterion Collection (LINK) The Hero is arguably an autobiographical film, but instead of dramatising one’s own past and memories, it exhales the auteur’s existential dilemma, raising questions that are inexorably devoid of answers. It’s an introspection of Ray’s own vision of arts on cinema, on performance and the… Continue reading #911 The Hero (1966)

Adaptation · Crime · Criterion Collection · Drama · Thriller · United States

#13 The Silence of the Lamb (1991)

#13 The Silence of the Lamb 1991 // USA // Jonathan Demme Criterion Collection (LINK) The Silence of the Lamb is a psychological thriller, a police procedural, a serial killer horror, and above all, a feminist film. Yes Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) stole the show, but the heart and soul lies within Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster), a FBI rookie… Continue reading #13 The Silence of the Lamb (1991)

Criterion Collection · Drama · Romance · Sweden

#614 Summer with Monika (1953)

#614 Summer with Monika 1953 // Sweden // Ingmar Bergman Criterion Collection (LINK) While Summer Interlude is the mourning of the unexpected loss of love and innocence and their transient nature, Summer with Monika, Bergman’s first international breakout hit, is the tug-of-war between the inexorable maturity into adulthood and the juvenile escapism from social confinement. The film… Continue reading #614 Summer with Monika (1953)

Criterion Collection · Drama · Horror · Independent Films · United States

#909 Night of the Living Dead (1968)

#909 Night of the Living Dead 1968 // USA // George A. Romero Criterion Collection (LINK) Seldom could a director single-handedly create a genre, but George A. Romero have done it 50 years ago, albeit more close to a happy accident by chance. But one can’t devalue the impact and the significance of the Night of the Living… Continue reading #909 Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Criterion Collection · Drama · Romance · Sweden

#613 Summer Interlude (1951)

#613 Summer Interlude 1951 // Sweden // Ingmar Bergman Criterion Collection (LINK) In 1951, Ingmar Bergman was only 33 years old, and had directed 9 feature films already since the release of his debut feature in 1946, an astonishing number considering how young he was, not accounting the scripts he wrote and stage plays he… Continue reading #613 Summer Interlude (1951)

Criterion Collection · Drama · History · United States

#320 Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)

#320 Young Mr. Lincoln 1939 // USA // John Ford Criterion Collection (LINK) It’s apparent the recent release of Criterion catalogue has a political agenda, the high-school political satire in Election (1999), and the self (narcissistic) portrait of the Ugandan dictator in General Idi Amin Dada (1974), both highlights year 2017 as the beginning of the… Continue reading #320 Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)

Year Best

Year Best: 1910s

1912 The Cameraman’s Revenge (Wladyslaw Starewicz // Russia) 1913 Ingeborg Holm (Victor Sjöström // Sweden) Honorable Mention: Fantômas (Louis Feuillade);  Suspense (Phillips Smalley, Lois Weber) 1914 The Mysterious X (Benjamin Christensen // Denmark) Honorable Mention: Cabiria (Giovanni Pastrone)   1915 Les Vampires (Louis Feuillade // France) 1916 Intolerance (D.W. Griffith // USA) One A.M. (Charles… Continue reading Year Best: 1910s