This intense western, from an Elmore Leonard story, features Glenn Ford and Van Heflin in two powerful performances. The gorgeous black and white cinematography is made new again by a superb transfer from the Criterion Collection.
The Criterion Collection gives us a nicely restored version of Sir Laurence Olivier’s rendering of Shakespeare’s villainous Richard III. While the sound is a bit boxy, the often gorgeous details and colors more than compensate for this one shortcoming. With outstanding British actors at the top of their game, this is a must watch for all movie lovers.
Director Robert Bresson creates an effective, grim, yet inspirational film about prison life in occupied France during World War II. Economy of dialogue and cinematography provide the proper amount of tension. The efforts of the Criterion Collection archivists result in a quite watchable restoration.
Badlands is Terrence Malick’s take on the rather grim subject of mass murder, offset by the seeming youth and innocence of its protagonists. Leads Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek turn in tour de force performances and the cinematography with well restored prints is mesmerizing.
A classic WW II film noir, the Criterion Collection gives us one of Fritz Lang’s spy thrillers with decent remastering and a good period cast. If not at the top of the heap for this genre, it remains an engaging watch.
Criterion work their wizardry on this monumental Mizoguchi Kenji classic about human struggle.
This 1962 film noir, director Tarkovsky’s debut effort, conveys the grim consequences of war as experienced by a 12-year old boy.The cast and cinematography create a powerful movies that still resonates 50 years later. A must-see for serious film connoisseurs.
1958′a kabuki-inflected The Ballad of Narayama is like an essay on horrors of poverty and aging, written in brilliant color and sound.
Director Wim Wenders gives us a marvelous portrait of the late avant-garde choreographer Pina Bausch. Mixing selections from several ballets with poignant reminiscences by her dancers, this is a disc not to be missed.
Writer/director Christopher Nolan’s feature-length debut, Following, is a fantastic, atmospheric neo-noir thriller.