Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1990)

Pedro Almodovar's Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! is a colorful, pulpy, twisted love story, a modern take on Beauty and the Beast. The main premise is a young man, just released from a mental institution, finds and takes his beloved, a former porno actress trying to go straight, hostage so she may fall in love with … Continue reading Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1990)

Orpheus (1950)

Jean Cocteau's Orpheus is a wildly imaginative, yet wholly confusing, interpretation of the Orpheus in the Underworld myth. It is clearly well thought-out, with layers upon layers of meaning waiting to be discovered, though upon this viewer’s first experience, the film was overall muddled and unclear. Not to say this wasn’t intentional - on the contrary, … Continue reading Orpheus (1950)

All That Heaven Allows (1955)

From Douglas Sirk, the granddaddy of soaps, comes the triumph All That Heaven Allows, a small-town melodrama of forbidden lovers in a world that will not accept them. This movie is so impressive largely because it handles such sappy material with genuine dignity and humanity. The basic premise has Jane Wyman as an upper-middle class widow, … Continue reading All That Heaven Allows (1955)

Black Orpheus (1959)

Many arthouse films, particularly older, foreign ones, take a while to enjoy - extensive thinking, or are simply slow-cooking to develop greater understanding or appreciation for them. This is not at all the case for the dazzling Black Orpheus, an exciting, imaginative, vibrant work that truly made my jaw drop upon learning its release date. This … Continue reading Black Orpheus (1959)