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)

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)

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

#860 Mildred Pierce (1945)

#860 Mildred Pierce 1945 // USA// Michael Curtiz Criterion Collection (LINK) James M. Cain’s 1941 hard boiled novel Mildred Pierce has been on my reading list for quite sometime. But instead of picking up the book and go for a read, I rewatch the film which based on the novel for a second time. The film Mildred Pierce, directed… Continue reading #860 Mildred Pierce (1945)

Adaptation · Comedy · United States

#849 His Girl Friday (1940)

#849 His Girl Friday 1940 // USA // Howard Hawks Criterion Collection (LINK) Watching, and “listening” to, Howard Hawks’ fast paced, hilariously acted, snappily written screwball comedy His Girl Friday is an exhilarating experience, perhaps even close to excruciating if English is not your native language. It’s quite an audacious challenge to catch up with… Continue reading #849 His Girl Friday (1940)

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

#819 Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)

#819 Here Comes Mr. Jordan 1941 // USA // Alexander Hall   Criterion Release Date: 14 Jun 2016 (LINK) Here Comes Mr. Jordan is a classical Hollywood screwball comedy which inspires sequel (Down to Earth in 1947) and remakes, most notably Warren Beatty’s Heaven Can Wait (1978). It even got seven Oscar nominations, won two… Continue reading #819 Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)

Year Best

Year Best: 1940s

1940 The Great Dictator (Charles Chaplin // USA) His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks // USA) The Grapes of Wrath (John Ford // USA) The Shop Around the Corner (Ernst Lubitsch // USA) Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock // USA) Fantasia (Ben Sharpsteen // USA) Foreign Correspondent (Alfred Hitchcock // USA) Pinocchio (Hamilton Luske, Ben Sharpsteen // USA) Honorable Mention: The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor); The Thief of Bagdad (Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, Tim Whelan)… Continue reading Year Best: 1940s