Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · Kazakhstan

#876 Revenge (1989)

#876 Revenge 1989 // Kazakhstan // Ermek Shinarbayev Criterion Collection (LINK) The first Kazakh film I ever watched is Emir Baigazin’s Harmony Lessons in 2013 which I absolutely love, but thereafter regrettably I have yet encountered any more films from that region where diverse cultural heritage and ethnic origins are shared. Revenge, also known as The Red… Continue reading #876 Revenge (1989)

African · Criterion Collection · Documentary · Music

#689 Trances (1981)

#689 Trances 1981 // Morocco // Ahmed El Maanouni Criterion Collection (LINK) Watching Trances, a documentary about the musical group Nass El Ghiwane, and listening to the featuring Moroccan music which I’m totally ignorant of alike my experience on the Cuban music in Buena Vista Spcial Club (1999), is an absolutely comforting experience. Directed by Ahmed El Maanouni, whose first… Continue reading #689 Trances (1981)

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)

Comedy · Criterion Collection · Drama · Food · Japan

#868 Tampopo (1985)

#868 Tampopo  1985 // Japan // Juzo Itami Criterion Collection (LINK) Tampopo, the second feature directed by Juzo Itami following the award-winning satirical comedy The Funeral (1984), is arguably Itami’s most renowned work. Described as a “Noodle Western” by Itami himself, Tampopo is the most delicious film I have ever watched, perhaps besides Babette’s Feast… Continue reading #868 Tampopo (1985)

Criterion Collection · Drama · Taiwan

#879 Taipei Story (1985)

#879 Taipei Story  1985 // Taiwan // Edward Yang Criterion Collection (LINK) A City of Disillusion Taipei Story, the second feature by the Taiwanese auteur Edward Yang, has been Yang’s most obscure work to see for quite some time due to its inaccessibility. Unless screened in film festival, one could only find the film in a… Continue reading #879 Taipei Story (1985)

Comedy · Criterion Collection · Spain

#855 Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)

#855 Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown 1988 // Spain // Pedro Almodóvar Criterion Collection (LINK) I seldom approach a film via its title since most of the time it’s a commercial decision rather than artistic choice, while the remaining film titles are simply forgettable. Still there are moments that, though rarely, the film title… Continue reading #855 Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)

Criterion Collection · Documentary

#425 Antonio Gaudí (1984)

#425 Antonio Gaudí 1984 // Japan // Hiroshi Teshigahara   Criterion Release Date:  18 Mar 2008 (LINK) Barcelona belongs to Antonio Gaudí. It could be too bold (or maybe ignorant) to make a statement like this, but I wholeheartedly believe so, despite the fact that I have never set foot on Catalonia or even Spain before. My knowledge on Gaudí… Continue reading #425 Antonio Gaudí (1984)