More a “blanc” than a noir, this a really great thriller in which a big city detective finds himself investigating a murder in a small town north of the Arctic Circle, where the sun is out 24 hours a day and keeps him from sleeping. Is his gradual insanity caused by the lack of sleep, the case, or both?
Canada’s entry is an early work from one of the most idiosyncratic of the internationally known modern directors, Guy Maddin, very loosely inspired by real events, in the style of a very early sound film from circa-1930, for reasons.
Our entry from Austria is a sadistically violent movie that challenges the viewers as to why they like violent movies in the first place.
If given the choice, this would not be the entry of the Chinese government, which immediately banned this depiction of one family beaten down by two horrible decades of Chinese history.
Perhaps the definitive modern action movie, and also maybe the one with the action sequences that I have loved most over the years, which somehow also has literally many treatises’ worth of material going on just below the surface.
Holidayfest ’21 starts with a heartwarming holiday tale of a small child setting grown men on fire and torturing them with spiders.
If not the best movie from director Paul Thomas Anderson, probably the definitive one, following a bazillion characters over one day in the San Fernando Valley. Also frogs rain from the sky.
Few movies take as hard a left turn than this collaboration between modern schlock masters Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino
A movie about the way people live under slavery, about Africans connecting to their roots, and also maybe time travel?
Perhaps the best of the Steven Spielberg popcorn movies, with dinosaur effects that incredibly still hold up 28 years later.