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)

Crime · Criterion Collection · Drama · United Kingdom

#865 Blow-Up (1966)

#865 Blow-Up 1966 // UK // Michelangelo Antonioni Criterion Collection (LINK) Abstracted Reality and Inconceivable World It has been fifty years since Blow-up is released, even though the film’s impeccable art direction and the cultural phenomenon depicted encapsulate the moment of 60s swinging London perfectly, it still looks as refreshing now as it would have been in… Continue reading #865 Blow-Up (1966)

African · Criterion Collection · Drama

#852 Black Girl (1966)

#852 Black Girl 1966 // Senegal, France // Ousmane Sembène Criterion Collection (LINK) Cinema is more than a hundred years old now, it has been used as a propaganda tools, representative voices of the oppressed and the minority, or simply as an escapist entertainment. Beyond the functionality, cinema also represents a nationality or a continuation of anthropology. Cinema, arts… Continue reading #852 Black Girl (1966)

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)

Criterion Collection · Drama · France

#802 Paris Belongs to Us (1961)

#802 Paris Belongs to Us 1961 // France // Jacques Rivette Criterion Release Date: 8 Mar 2016 (LINK) Jacques Rivette was the last French New Wave director that I came across, largely attributed to the unavailability of his majority of works in physical media and their daunting epic running time. Watching Rivette’s Out 1: noli met… Continue reading #802 Paris Belongs to Us (1961)

Drama · Italy

#801 I Knew Her Well (1965)

#801 I Knew Her Well 1965 // Italy // Antonio Pietrangeli Criterion Release Date: 23 Feb 2016 (LINK) I knew Her Well is a film I knew nothing about beforehand, it’s a blind buy release from the Criterion Collection as usual. But once again, I found myself unprepared to another startling, daunting viewing experience. At the end of… Continue reading #801 I Knew Her Well (1965)