THE YOUNG DOCTORS (Phil Karlson, 1961)

At a tightly budgeted New York hospital, young pathologist David Coleman arrives to join the department head, Joe Pearson, who is burned-out from years of fights with hospital administration, and who is set in his ways and not up-to-date. Callow, egotistical and cutting-edge, Coleman constitutes a challenge for Pearson. Two cases in particular find them […]

THE FIRM (Alan Clarke, 1988)

Gary Oldman gives a tough, pungent and surprisingly poignant performance as Clive Bissel, “Bex,” a “30-year-old kid”—this is his wife Sue’s description of him—who holds down a respectable job and is a hands-on father to his infant son, but who also belongs to a “firm” of football hooligans who trade high-level street violence with fans […]

ANTONIO GAUDÍ (Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1984)

Japan’s Hiroshi Teshigahara: I dislike his fictional films. But his documentary Antonio Gaudí, about Catalan architect and sculptor Antoni Plàcid Guillem Gaudí i Cornet, is exceedingly beautiful and adventurous. Teshigahara, assisted by color cinematographers Junichi Segawa, Ryu Segawa and Yoshikazu Yanagida, has created a nearly silent waking dream, with one “talking head” who (very late) […]