Stoker (2013)

Stoker is a creepy, though initially uninteresting, story of a family in the aftermath of a tragic death. It’s actually quite a feat that director Park Chan-wook is able to achieve, with three individuals so shrouded in mystery but make us not really wonder what went down so long ago. The movie is undeniably made … Continue reading Stoker (2013)

The Flowers of St. Francis (1950)

Actually the first film I’ve ever seen by Roberto Rossellini, The Flowers of St. Francis is the sweet biopic of sorts about St. Francis of Assisi and his followers (or flowers, if you will). It is told in a serious of interesting, sometimes humorous, vignettes, such as St. Francis meeting a leper in the countryside, and … Continue reading The Flowers of St. Francis (1950)

2 or 3 Things I Know About Her (1967)

This film may be Jean-Luc Godard at his least accessible. 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her is the lucid journey through the experiences of French women in the 1960s. There is virtually no plot, just a series of scenes with her children and at work as a prostitute; blended in with all of this … Continue reading 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her (1967)

The Third Man (1949)

The Third Man is the exciting and suspenseful European response to film noir, a genre often associated with America. Its visuals and narrative follow what we have come to expect from your typical noir, but its thematic content and musical score are distinctly European. We follow our hero, an American, through a (supposed) murder mystery … Continue reading The Third Man (1949)

Band of Outsiders (1964)

One of the most undeniably cool movies I’ve seen, Band of Outsiders by Jean-Luc Godard is the story of three young adults who scheme to rob a neighbor. Everything that takes is by chance, including their friendship by ending up in a class together and the woman (played to vulnerable excellence by Anna Karina) who accidentally … Continue reading Band of Outsiders (1964)