Berlanga’s seventh film, and it is clearly auteur cinema and the same creative mind behind Placido. Berlanga’s 1961 effort was the story of a devastating one-day struggle for Placido--- this is a struggle that takes
A peculiar, paced love story – dare I say romantic comedy. Alexandra Borbely stars as Maria and Geza Morcsanyi as Endre in this work by Hungarian director Ildikó Enyedi A marvelous opening—trees in the
Michael Pearce’s Beast (it is Pearce’s debut, and he wrote it) feels refreshingly unpredictable without feeling unearned. Starts with a carefully arranged mini-montage of shrines, there has been a series of murders in this small
Placido is Luis García Berlanga’s sixth film—he was cranking them out from 1953 (his debut) to 1957 but there is four years off between Miracles of Thursday (1957) and Placido- his strongest work to date.
Actor Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood, Little Miss Sunshine) directs (his debut) and co-writes Wildlife. Opens with a static camera of a Montana ranch (the entire film shot mostly on location in the pacific
Narrative brilliance from Farhadi once again with his engrossing moral dramas where awful things happen but it is never one person’s fault Starts with a strong montage opening of the stage set Shahab Hosseini is
Berlanga’s fifth film was controversial in Spain- censored. Like his previous efforts, it is an ensemble comedy, he’s really riffing on Italian Neorealism (in a much lighter way than say Bunuel) Like both Welcome Mr.
Berlanga’s fourth film, he brings back the wry voice-over and the small town just like his debut Welcome Mr. Marshall! (1953). He even gives us the number of the people living in the village (928)
Berlanga’s third film, brimming with nostalgia for youth, romance and summer. Set in “Europe 1918” Berlanga’s trademark quick wit—“the highest he ever got in the army was draft dogger”. Under 90 minutes Breezy, Monsieur Hulot's
Asghar Farhadi’s fifth film is a profound meditation on divorce (every bit on the level of Kramer vs. Kramer, Marriage Story) and class (every bit on the level Parasite) Opens with a three-minute shot
The debut film from Spanish auteur Luis García Berlanga Welcome Mr. Marshall! is made in the vein of Preston Sturges. An average small village in Spain prepares themselves for the arrival of American visitors—and comedy
Aladdin fell smack dab in the middle of Disney’s renaissance or boom of hand-drawn animated musicals during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s—a run of six years that started with The Little Mermaid (1989), went