Author: Matt Langdon

Throne of Blood

Throne of Blood

Akira Kurosawa's Throne on Blood is primarily known for one great scene at the very end that involves the famous actor Toshiro Mifune and about one hundred arrows. Up to that point, though, it is...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum

The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum

The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum was made in 1975 but it feels timelier than many movies made today, especially in regard to the world's current political situations.The main theme of the film, which is...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Throne of Blood

Throne of Blood

Akira Kurosawa's Throne on Blood is primarily known for one great scene at the very end that involves the famous actor Toshiro Mifune and about one hundred arrows. Up to that point, though, it is...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Beauty And The Beast (1946)

Beauty And The Beast (1946)

When Jean Cocteau began to direct Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la bête) in 1946, he was known primarily as a poet and a painter. After the film was released he instantly became...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Pornographers

The Pornographers

Despite the fact that this film is titled The Pornographers, it is most definitely not for the trenchcoat crowd. The film, directed by Japanese master Shohei Imamura, only vaguely alludes to pornography. Instead it is...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Baadasssss!

Baadasssss!

Baadasssss! is a rollicking, high-energy, and monumentally-titled film re-creation of the trials and travails of the making of Melvin Van Peeble's 1971 black independent hit Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song.The film, based mainly on Melvin Van...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Wisconsin Death Trip

Wisconsin Death Trip

Chances are you have never seen a film quite like Wisconsin Death Trip. At once a bleak documentary and an experimental fictional recreation of tragic events in a small town in Wisconsin during the 1890s,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Rosenstrasse

Rosenstrasse

In the opening scenes of Rosenstrasse, a Jewish woman named Ruth (Jutta Lampe) living in contemporary New York is mourning the loss of her husband by means of strict Jewish customs. Her children, who have...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum

The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum

The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum was made in 1975 but it feels timelier than many movies made today, especially in regard to the world's current political situations.The main theme of the film, which is...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Human Resources

Human Resources

"Human Resources" usually refers to the department that deals with employee relations (i.e. where they hire and fire them), but taken literally it also means dealing with the resources that make us human. This powerful...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp is not about a Colonel named Blimp. Instead it is a long, epic film about a British soldier named Clive Candy. Directed in 1943 -- by the amazing...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Trials of Henry Kissinger

The Trials of Henry Kissinger

Where were you when our military secretly carpet bombed Cambodia in 1969? Or in 1970 when a coup was being arranged to overthrow president elect Salvador Allende in Chile? Or in 1975 when the Indonesian...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Station Agent

The Station Agent

Meet Finbar McBride. Besides having a cool name, Finbar's (Peter Dinklage) most noticeable attribute is that he is a dwarf who stands about 4-foot-5. And he's bitter about this. As a result, he is a...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Louisiana Story

Louisiana Story

Robert Flaherty was one of the great documentary directors of the 20th century. One of the reasons was the way he artfully interwove down-to-earth subject matter and fiction in entertaining yet respectful ways.Louisiana Story, Flaherty's...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring

There are explicit and implicit lessons to be learned from Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring, so listen up. The first one is if you want people to see your movie it behooves you to...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Contempt

Contempt

Contempt (or Le Mépris, for you purists out there), directed by Jean-Luc Godard in 1963, is a superlative film about many things, including the making of a film, the break-up of a married couple, and...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

What the #$*! Do We Know?

What the #$*! Do We Know?

What the #$*! Do We Know? is one of the hottest independently released films of the summer, as well as one of a handful of high grossing documentaries released in the past couple of years....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism

Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism

This may come as a surprise to you, but the FOX News Channel is considered by some to be a partisan network that spins the news to the right. I know, I know, stay seated...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Strayed

Strayed

Strayed is set in World War II during the German occupation of France. The setup is simple; a woman named Odile (Emmanuelle Béart), along with her two children, escapes a convoy that has been air...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Shattered Glass

Shattered Glass

The need to get the best story first has always been an inherent part of the news business. But when a journalist crosses the line into the realm of fictional the whole integrity of the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Rocking Horse Winner

The Rocking Horse Winner

The Rocking Horse Winner - based on a D.H. Lawrence short story - is a little like a long British version of The Twilight Zone. Directed in 1949 by the almost completely unknown director Anthony...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Head-On

Head-On

Forty-something bum meets twenty-something Turkish cutie in this multiple award-winning German film by Fatih Akin. Shrill, earthy, gritty, and sometime ridiculous, the film succeeds in mixing the unconventional and the realistic with assurance.Grungy looking Cahit...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Down By Law

Down By Law

American independent director Jim Jarmusch leaped onto the world cinema stage with the idiosyncratic deadpan road movie Stranger than Paradise in 1984 and then followed it up with the equally distinctive prison break movie Down...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Pépé le Moko

Pépé le Moko

You have to like a movie that was the true inspiration to that famous animated skunk Pépé le Pew. 1937's Pépé le Moko was directed by Julien Duvivier and was an immediate critical and box...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Good bye, Lenin!

Good bye, Lenin!

Good bye, Lenin!, directed by Wolfgang Becker, is a sappy nostalgic comedy about lying to the people you love in order to keep them alive.The film is about a young man named Alex (Daniel Brühl)...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Fellini: I'm A Born Liar

Fellini: I'm A Born Liar

Damian Pettigrew's Fellini: I'm a Born Liar is a good documentary that features a terrific firsthand interview with the great Italian director Federico Fellini and a good number of other interviews with those who worked...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

I Am Curious (Yellow)

I Am Curious (Yellow)

After having heard so much about the provocative sexuality of the Swedish film I Am Curious (Yellow), which was seized by U.S. Customs agents under obscenity charges in 1968, I started watching it with considerable...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Hiroshima mon amour

Hiroshima mon amour

Made in 1959 by Alain Resnais, Hiroshima mon amour -- along with The 400 Blows and Breathless -- is one of the most significant films of what become known as the French New Wave.On the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The White Sheik

The White Sheik

The White Sheik is one of Federico Fellini's most overlooked films. When it came out in 1951, The White Sheik was a direct contrast to the Italian Neorealist films that were made at the same...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry

Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry

If you go see George Butler's fine new documentary Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry (based on the book Tour of Duty) you will understand unequivocally why John Kerry has chosen to run...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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