Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Religion · Sci-Fi · Soviet Union

#888 Stalker (1979)

#888 Stalker 1979 // Soviet Union // Andrei Tarkovsky Criterion Collection (LINK) Wandering in the Zone It’s weird to say I absolutely love Stalker (I would say it’s one of my top 10 favorite films of all time) even it’s utterly beyond my logical comprehension. I have watched Stalker three times, each time my confusion grows and thickens… Continue reading #888 Stalker (1979)

Drama · France · History

Lancelot of the Lake (1974)

Robert Bresson, The Sublime Minimalist Part 11 Lancelot of the Lake 1974 // France // Robert Bresson   Bresson’s attempt to achieve a perfection in the art of cinematography, in contrast to the condemning “cinema”, is idiosyncratic and honorable. It is Bresson’s Holy Gail and, unlike Lancelot and the knights of the Round Table, he succeeds eventually… Continue reading Lancelot of the Lake (1974)

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)

Adaptation · Drama · History · United Kingdom · United States · War

Barry Lyndon (1975)

Barry Lyndon 1975 // UK, USA // Stanley Kubrick   Barry Lyndon is a film that requires to be watched in a big screen, not the big screen in a home theater set-up but the direct projection (film or digital) in the theater with a prevailing solemn atmosphere; it’s like admiring a vintage painting, you… Continue reading Barry Lyndon (1975)

Adaptation · Drama · France · Romance

Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971)

Robert Bresson, The Sublime Minimalist Part 10 Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971)   Four Nights of a Dreamer (French: Quatre nuits d’un rêveur) is based on the short story “White Night” written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, it’s the second Dostoyevsky’s work adapted by Robert Bresson since his preceding film A Gentle Woman (1969). The same short story… Continue reading Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971)