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TheHammerer: “The ultimate Fellini film is finally in Criterion. What took you guys so damn long?”
21 Oct 2014
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A Hard Day’s Night, in which the bandmates play cheeky comic versions of themselves, captured the astonishing moment when they officially became the singular, irreverent idols of their generation and changed music forever.
TheHammerer: “A literal media circus erupts to unflinchingly nasty and disquieting ends. Douglas is brutal and acidic as the reporter who gets the ball rolling.”
The colorful, electrifying romance that took the Cannes Film Festival by storm courageously dives into a young woman’s experiences of first love and sexual awakening.
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TheHammerer: “Now if you guys can just get Hour of the Wolf and Shame and put them in a box set with this, we'll have something extraordinary...”
The writer-director-star achieved new levels of grace, in both physical comedy and dramatic poignancy, with this silent tale of a lovable vagrant falling for a young blind woman who sells flowers on the street (a magical Virginia Cherrill) and mistakes him for a millionaire.
A profoundly stirring evocation of elemental humanity and universal heartbreak, Tokyo Story is the crowning achievement of the unparalleled Yasujiro Ozu.
TheHammerer: “With his angular movements and gangly figure, Tati's the Tramp and the Great Stone Face in one. Fantastic silent-style slapstick - with sound!”
TheHammerer: “Clear-eyed yet compassionate. Kline keeps it together, but Joan Allen and the kids steal the film and break your heart.”
TheHammerer: “Not only can we forget, deny and deflect, we have it in ourselves to do it all over again. The most devastating half hour in cinema.”
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TheHammerer: “"How can the jury forget something they've already heard?" "They can't." One of the best, most accurate, and most ambiguous trial movies.”
TheHammerer: “Classical and modern in one fell swoop, pessimistic yet exhilarating. Epic, rich, and intensely emotional.”
TheHammerer: “The sheer beauty will seduce you instantly, but tensions lurk beneath, and once they start rising they won't stop. Arresting, sensual and provocative”
TheHammerer: “I now regret getting the Elia Kazan box set from Fox a few years ago... aside from that, all I can think is YES YES YES! This masterpiece deserves it.”
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TheHammerer: “The straightforward, unadulterated presentation is a work of great humility on Wenders' part, and the 3D turns his dancers into living sculptures. Wow”
A riveting psychological thriller that investigates the nature of truth and the meaning of justice Rashomon is widely considered one of the greatest films ever made.
TheHammerer: “La Jetee is hauntingly mind-bending. I was less impressed by Sans Soleil (the free-form structure threw me off), but I do want to see it again.”
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TheHammerer: “The great-grandpappy of all of Hitch's "wrong man" pictures, and the movie where he really became Hitchcock.”
TheHammerer: “The violence isn't as shocking as it was then, but it doesn't need to - the implications, psychological or aesthetic, are disturbing enough.”
TheHammerer: “Cronenberg, what is it with you and screwing our minds (and stomachs)? Some of the things in this movie will scar me for life...”
In Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai), sixteenth-century villagers hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits. This thrilling three-hour ride is one of the most beloved movie epics of all time.
Before Kubrick made his mischief iconic in A Clockwork Orange, Malcolm McDowell made a hell of an impression as the insouciant Mick Travis, who, along with his school chums, trumps authority at every turn, finally emerging as a violent savior.
This is where it all started. John Ford’s smash hit and enduring masterpiece Stagecoach revolutionized the western, elevating it from B movie to the A-list.
Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, black-market opportunist Harry Lime—and thus begins this legendary tale of love, deception, and murder.
TheHammerer: “It's wide innovation and influence has now left it a relic of the early 60s and an ancestor of a new style, but it's still a fun ride.”
TheHammerer: “Kubrick's most economical work, but the command is there and it's a hell of a caper.”
TheHammerer: “My first of the French New Wave. Funny and moving. The ending is so haunting.”
TheHammerer: “I watched this with my Aunt Paula, and when it finished she gushed that it was "like Hitchcock... but French!" Couldn't have said it better myself.”
In his controversial masterpiece The Great Dictator, Charlie Chaplin offers both a cutting caricature of Adolf Hitler and a sly tweaking of his own comic persona.
TheHammerer: “Years ahead of its time. Fascinating, twisty sci-fi.”
TheHammerer: “It has some of the more conventional filmmaking Malick's done, but the wonder and wondering is still there. Great entry level film for Malick newbies.”
TheHammerer: “The Hitch mix was perfected here.”
TheHammerer: “A completely different beast than the Disney version, it's a textbook example of live action fantasy. There's magic in it.”
TheHammerer: “Chaplin at his most thought-provoking, and the Tramp at his funniest.”
Peter Lorre stars as serial killer Hans Beckert in Fritz Lang’s harrowing masterwork M, a suspenseful panorama of private madness and public hysteria that to this day remains the blueprint for the psychological thriller.
TheHammerer: “I actually don't much want to talk about... I'm scared that as soon as I speak about its fragile magic, I'll lose it forever. That's Fellini for you.”
TheHammerer: “A dark, metaphorical study of suffering without escape. The only real way to get pleasure out of this movie is Bresson's command of filmmaking.”
TheHammerer: “If you're a Catholic, you know personally what this film's about and you're deeply moved. If you're not one, you're deeply moved anyway. All is grace.”
TheHammerer: “My first Bresson, and my favorite. Tight, efficient, sparse, and moving. And the pickpocketing scenes are pure cinema.”
TheHammerer: “More than sixty years later, its romanticism and ache still make the heart break.”
TheHammerer: “Ultraviolent, excessive, obvious, and one of the great sci-fi satires anyway. It's a grotesque mirror of the 80s, a decade whose effects linger today.”
Stanley Kubrick directed a cast of screen legends—including Kirk Douglas as the indomitable gladiator that led a Roman slave revolt—in the sweeping epic that defined a genre and ushered in a new Hollywood era.
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Hailed around the world as one of the greatest movies ever made, the Academy Award–winning Bicycle Thieves, directed by Vittorio De Sica, defined an era in cinema.
TheHammerer: “Wonderfully liberating surrealism”
TheHammerer: “Like the rest of Bunuel, it's straightforward yet mysterious... and a lot of fun to watch.”
In Ingmar Bergman’s testament to the strength of the soul, Karin and Maria come to the aid of their dying sister, Agnes, but jealousy, manipulation, and selfishness come before empathy. Cries and Whispers is full of images of staggering beauty and unfathomable horror.
Jean Renoir’s antiwar masterpiece Grand Illusion, hailed as one of the greatest films ever made, stars Jean Gabin and Pierre Fresnay as French soldiers held in a World War I German prison camp.
TheHammerer: “The descent to nihilistic madness would be disturbing enough if it didn't cast Dustin frickin' Hoffman as the one in free fall towards oblivion. Scary”
TheHammerer: “It's always fun to watch dignified society types confronting the irrational and having the genteel facades fall away. Crazily entertaining.”
Scenes from a Marriage chronicles the many years of love and turmoil that bind Marianne (Liv Ullmann) and Johan (Erland Josephson) through matrimony, infidelity, divorce, and subsequent partners.
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TheHammerer: “It was this film that announced Spike as a major director not to be ignored. His 24 hour depiction of Bed-Stuy is vibrant, authentic and powerful.”
In Sam Fuller’s hardboiled classic, a petty crook and an unsuspecting woman find themselves on the run from Communists in a precarious gambit.