The Executioner – 1963 Berlanga


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

The Executioner – 1963 Berlanga2021-03-19T15:29:33+00:00

On Body and Soul – 2017 Enyedi


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

On Body and Soul – 2017 Enyedi2021-03-19T14:59:23+00:00

Beast – 2017 M. Pearce


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

Beast – 2017 M. Pearce2021-03-25T12:27:13+00:00

Placido – 1961 Berlanga


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.

Placido – 1961 Berlanga2021-03-18T17:18:55+00:00

Wildlife – 2018 Dano


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

Wildlife – 2018 Dano2021-05-03T14:08:08+00:00

The Salesman – 2016 Farhadi


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

The Salesman – 2016 Farhadi2021-03-17T14:18:00+00:00

Miracles of Thursday – 1957 Berlanga


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.

Miracles of Thursday – 1957 Berlanga2021-03-17T14:05:50+00:00

The Rocket From Calabuch – 1956 Berlanga


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)

The Rocket From Calabuch – 1956 Berlanga2021-04-30T10:31:41+00:00

Boyfriend in Sight – 1954 Berlanga


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

Boyfriend in Sight – 1954 Berlanga2021-03-16T15:59:36+00:00

A Separation – 2011 Farhadi


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

A Separation – 2011 Farhadi2021-04-26T23:06:52+00:00

Welcome Mr. Marshall! – 1953 Berlanga


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

Welcome Mr. Marshall! – 1953 Berlanga2021-03-16T14:12:48+00:00

Aladdin – 1992 Clements, Musker


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

Aladdin – 1992 Clements, Musker2021-04-25T12:30:52+00:00
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