Please see the third paragraph of my “informal capsule film comment” on Raoul Walsh’s High Sierra.
Although it followed on the heels of stronger similar works by Tian Zhuangzhuang and Chen Kaige, Huozhe struck a sufficient number of chords related to post-World War II Chinese history to bring down upon director Zhang Yimou official sanctions, public disgrace. Zhang’s film, a family saga covering roughly a quarter-century, was written by Yu Hua, […]
One of David Lynch’s films, Mulholland Dr. (2001), appears on my list of the one hundred greatest movies of all time. For years I resisted The Straight Story, a “road picture” which Lynch directed from a screenplay by partner and cutter Mary Sweeney and co-author John Roach. (Lynch and Sweeney have since married and divorced.) […]
Scenarist Jiří Brdečka and filmmaker Oldřich Lipský, the same team that had served up Lemonade Joe (1964), also created the zany, visually inventive, deliriously funny Adéla ještě nevečeřela, a Czech spoof of Hollywood detective mysteries and spy thrillers. Set around 1900, its protagonist is ubiquitous Nick Carter (Michal Dočolomanský, wonderful), who leaves New York City […]
Dedicated to all the children of war, writer-director Abolfazl Jalili’s Delbaran is a great Iranian film. Kaim, a 14-year-old Afghan boy, a refugee as a result of war in his country, has crossed the border into Iran and works at a truck/auto repair stop operated by an elderly couple in Delbaran, a tiny, remote border […]