Our Winter World Cinema Festival begins with a Czech entry that was banned by the Communist Regime for 20 years because, well, its criticism of Communism ain’t subtle.
Lina Wertmüller became the first ever female director nominated for Best Picture for a movie that, to my surprise, turned out to be about an amoral hatchet murderer trying to seduce his way out of a concentration camp.
In honor of the great Aboriginal actor David Gulpilil, a parable about two civilizations and the unbridgeable gulf between them.
I found this very focused portrait of a gay teacher in 1970s London really interesting for being a very specific window into a time and place.
Andrei Tarkovsky’s non-linear exploration of his own family and childhood is full of unforgettable images that work better if you sort of let them wash over you instead of trying to make sense of a plot or whatever.
After the passing this week of the great Dean Stockwell, we revisit his very weird performance in a Roger Corman HP Lovecraft adaptation because… I felt like it.
When all of your time and energy is devoted just to staying alive, what is the point of any of this? This rediscovered classic doesn’t have answers but wants to show you people asking the same questions.
A serious candidate for the most insane movie I’ve ever seen, involving seven Japanese schoolgirls who get um, eaten by furniture? And other stuff. Also there’s an evil (but very fluffy) telekinetic cat.
The first film from director Ridley Scott was also about some very American actors fighting duels while dressed up as historical French guys.
HBO is currently airing an English-language remake of this very intimate take by Ingmar Bergman on the dissolution of a marriage, originally a Swedish TV miniseries that was successfully edited down for an international release.