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A mix of the witty and the utterly absurd, The Palm Beach Story is a high watermark of Sturges’s brand of physical comedy and verbal repartee, featuring sparkling performances.
20 Jan 2015
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Wes Anderson’s hilarious, touching, and brilliantly stylized study of melancholy and redemption centers around a dysfunctional family of geniuses.
In Jean-Luc Godard’s subversive Contempt, Michel Piccoli is a screenwriter torn between the demands of a proud European director, a crude, arrogant American producer, and his disillusioned wife, Camille (Brigitte Bardot), as he attempts to doctor the script for a new film version of The Odyssey.
Bathed in lurid Technicolor, melodrama maestro Douglas Sirk’s Written on the Wind is the stylishly debauched tale of a Texas oil magnate brought down by the excesses of his spoiled offspring.
One of the great American independent films of the 1990s, the surprise hit Metropolitan, by writer-director Whit Stillman, is a sparkling comedic chronicle of a young man’s romantic misadventures while trying to fit in to New York City’s debutante society.
Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc, in which Renée Falconetti gives one of the greatest performances ever recorded on film, convinced the world that movies could be art.
Veronica and Boris are blissfully in love, until the eruption of World War II tears them apart. The Soviet cinema classic The Cranes Are Flying won the Palme d’Or at the 1958 Cannes Film Festival.
A twisted treasure from Hollywood’s pre-Code horror heyday, Island of Lost Souls is
a cautionary tale of science run amok, adapted from H. G. Wells’s novel The Island of Dr. Moreau.
Michelangelo Antonioni invented a new film grammar with this masterwork.
25 Nov 2014
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A behind-closed-doors look at the American legal system that is as riveting as it is spare, this iconic adaptation of Reginald Rose’s teleplay stars Henry Fonda as the dissenting member on a jury of white men ready to pass judgment on a Puerto Rican teenager charged with murdering his father.
In the decades of occult cinema that Polanski’s ungodly masterpiece has spawned, it has never been outdone for sheer psychological terror.
Charlie Chaplin plays shockingly against type in his most controversial film, a brilliant and bleak black comedy about money, marriage, and murder.
Cultures and families clash in Mira Nair’s exuberant Monsoon Wedding, a mix of comedy and chaotic melodrama concerning the preparations for the arranged marriage of a modern upper-middle-class Indian family’s only daughter.
Under Kenji Mizoguchi’s dazzling direction, this classic Japanese story became one of cinema’s greatest masterpieces, a monumental, empathetic expression of human resilience in the face of evil.
Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Ingmar Bergman’s The Virgin Spring is a harrowing tale of faith, revenge, and savagery in medieval Sweden.
How to describe Nobuhiko Obayashi’s indescribable 1977 movie House (Hausu)? As a psychedelic ghost tale? A stream-of-consciousness bedtime story? An episode of Scooby-Doo as directed by Mario Bava? House might have been beamed to Earth from some other planet.
Considered by many to be the finest British film ever made, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is a stirring masterpiece like no other.
This smash road comedy from Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón is a funny and moving look at human desire.
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.”