Orson Welles’ remarkable meshing and mangling of five Shakespearean plays to achieve the story of Sir John Falstaff makes Chimes at Midnight one of his most unusual and ambitious cinematic enterprises. Discuss in the forums.
A somber, poignant drama of ordinary lives playing out through an extraordinary film, Tony Richardson’s A Taste of Honey offers a raft of accomplished performances and a rare first look at modern British cinema taking a shift into a new direction. Discuss in the forums.
One of the great achievements of Japanese cinema and a film that combines fascinating philosophical quandaries within the film while offering mesmerizing video and audio to keep the audience completely hooked, Woman in the Dunes makes a welcome upgrade to high definition from Criterion. Discuss in the forums.
Alexander Hall’s classic romantic fantasy Here Comes Mr. Jordan remains as endlessly amusing, clever, endearing, and dreamy as it was at its inception (as the play Heaven Can Wait) gaining points for its whimsical view of the hereafter and preventing larcenous bankers, crooked fighter managers, and even two murder attempts […]
Unsettling and prescient about its own era and also our own in numerous frightening ways, The Manchurian Candidate remains a remarkable achievement and the hallmark in the careers of several of its participants. Discuss in the forums.
One of the terrific movie marvels of that fabled golden year of 1939, Howard Hawks’ Only Angels Have Wings spins its engrossing tale of flyers in the Andes with such surety and fervor that it only grows in stature with each passing year. Discuss in the forums.