• Through a Glass Darkly

    Through a Glass Darkly

    Another Bergman great. A young woman's re-descent into madness amid complicated inter-relationships in her family. As usual, Bergman explores religious themes as a part of dysfunction.

  • Eternity and a Day

    Eternity and a Day

    Eternity and a Day open a new road for understanding the world, life, death, love poetry and child innocence. Connections are possible across age, country, culture gaps. The images are gorgeous, the slowness fits. 
    Most of the film's power is visual and aural. It is truly a sensual experience, along the lines of a Tarkovsky film.

  • Red Beard

    Red Beard

    Kurosawa's film is beautifully made, with striking black-and-white cinematography, an excellent sense of time and locale.  This film, better than so many which make the same attempt, communicates the need for human understanding and care for the unfortunate. By exploiting the arrogance and ignorance of the self-centered doctor, Kurosawa finally explains in beautiful scenes with heart-wrenching acting, why we should care about others.

  • Z

    Z

    Z is a political thriller that meets crime thriller and just a touch of psychological drama. 
    The storyline for this picture is interesting but a bit long and could have been paced better. 
    Perhaps I was too cynical to begin with, but nothing was really shocking after the introduction and the film was too slow to get to the point. Powerful message about fragility and mistakes of democacy, splendid hommage to the truth.

  • Where Is My Friend's House?

    Where Is My Friend's House?

    "Where is the Friend's Home?" offers an insight into the simplistic and innocent world of childhood. Adults do not really see and appreciate that world. An accessible work with a warm and thoughtful, observant piece of neorealism. I still enjoyed the central theme of friendship and the tour around some aspects of Iranian life.

  • Woman in the Dunes

    Woman in the Dunes

    Woman in the dunes is a disturbing, creepy, stylish and sexy film. The storyline is an outstanding examination of human life exposed to inhospitable conditions, man's relation to its environment and society and how we find meaning in our lives, whether through personal achievement, or love. It moves incredibly slowly through the flawless Cinematography.

  • Opening Night

    Opening Night

    A wonderful mess that examines the strain that can be involved in creating a theatrical production/performance and the role that age plays in terms of Women in show business. Opening Night was made for the love of the theatre. Painful, at times, very personal, seriously life-altering, and honest. The only real problem I had with the film was the fact that the plot is extremely stretched out.

  • Anatomy of a Murder

    Anatomy of a Murder

    Anatomy of a Murder" is a great film because of how methodically and realistically it goes through the legal process. With superb acting all-around, great writing, involving case and interesting characters, this film is also thought-provoking and even groudbreaking in terms of use of language and sexual terms. A classy and memorable film with plenty of high drama.

  • L'Avventura

    L'Avventura

    L'avventura's recipe is unique: shoot the lives of shallow, paperthin characters with the deepest and farthest reaching, never out of focus, decors and sets ever managed. The background is as important, if not more, than the characters or the plot. Antonioni's casting of Monica Vitti was brilliant, for in a film that requires the female protagonist to stand as a witness to everything going on around her, Vitti's statuesque beauty is just the ticket.
    Although L'Avventura is a revolutionary film in it's structure and style, it is also profound in its honest depiction of a society increasingly isolated from one another.

  • The Swimming Pool

    The Swimming Pool

    La Piscine, is a movie with a simple, sensual and tense story with a sexy beginning. One pool. Two lovers. Two guests. One an old acquaintance to one and a former lover to another; the other his daughter, a mystery to all. Hedonism, sensuality, eroticism, sexual longing and anxiety. The pace is slow, but this is not a bad thing, since it gives the story ample time in which to breathe and evolve.

  • Apocalypse Now

    Apocalypse Now

    There was a lot of high-quality craft that went into the making of this film, It has some superb acting performances, the visuals are astounding, and the entire third act is remarkable. So many of the images were breathtaking and iconic, the conversations between Brando and Sheen are awesome. If they had been able to maintain that level of intensity throughout the film then it would grip me more!

  • L'Argent

    L'Argent

    This film expresses perfectly the affliction humanity suffers from because of it's devotion to money. It communicates at a level which is rather far beyond words and simple rhetoric, and which is easily understandable.