Sensationally droll & black & worldly. A coup because there's not one likeable in this pic of deception and self-deception.
A brilliant surreal comedy by cher maitre, Luis Bunuel. After the opera, some aristos attend a dinner party -- and find they don't want to leave, or can't leave. Weeks pass. There's a death and a suicide. When freed, they seek solace in a church. They're trapped there too. A personal comment on society and the Church.
A needy creep steals the FACEBK idea. Best US Pic of Year: Flawed but smart. No competish.
Julianne Moore & Annette Bening play a lesbian couple who've mothered two kids from the same sperm donor. An adult comedy - are ya ready? - from Hollywood. Not deep but hopeful.
Intense espionager from Sam Fuller about petty criminal who accidentally steals govt microfilm.
A spellbinding documentary of a death in a N Carolina mansion. For crime buffs, it doesn't get any better than this. (US title: 'The Staircase')
Mostly unknown but knockout pic. Further proof that LatinAm dirs have greater talent than Hollyfools w comic book brains. It thrills because of cinematic power, pace, composition by Marcelo Pineyro. Textured relations amid (another) heist. Pic shows distinctive eye & temperament. (US title: Burnt Money.)
A handsome music hall performer needs a heart transplant in a croissant de merde that plops crumbs in Paris. Why doesnt he just go to Bon Marche. That store has everything.
Claude Chabrol's simple but stunning psychological suspense story deals with a schoolteacher and a butcher. Their mutual, confused attraction is handled with delicacy and sensuality, but there will be blood.
Two NY sisters cope with dying grama and married nabes who plan expansion to soon vacant apt. Without cliches or sentiment, yet not quite a wow. Excellent cast; darkly comic.
The Coen Bruds reveal Jewish rites, rituals and righteous rabbis in a black -or beige - comedy about their culture in US heartland. Some moments of hilarity, stretches of oy-angst.
Graham Greene's story of post-war Vienna, a city of 4-power Occupation,comes from the truth: the penicillin racket. He also learned about the 'underground police' who patrolled the vast sewer system. A baroque classic in which the fadeout goes to white instead of black.
Memo to the Vatican: A hilarious and sexually explicit mount into the life of a sex therapist. Fresh and tasty. Bon appetit!
Philistines beware: this triangle tragedy of love fr Max Ophuls isnt for you. It's all about controlling emotions. It's also about filmmaking at its most elegant. Caviar in silver spoons.
Gorgeous, cerebral Godard pic that mixes real-fictional contempt. Bardot gives stunning perf as scwriter's wife during a shoot on Capri. Adapted fr Alberto Moravia novel.
A mother-love psychological 'mystery' fr SoKorean dir Bong Joon-ho. Despite flawed midsection - longueurs galore - it has socko payoff as Mum dips into blood to prove son's innocence.
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Sizzling on the grill -- a perfect espionager w accidental death. The D.C. denizens are hot Kevin Costner and beautiful Sean Young. Dir Roger Donaldson knows how to thrill.
Robert Bresson's handsome thief strolls Paris, unable to stop his hands from an erotic obsession. Bresson is just damn great.
Salut to Vadim's swanky, modernized version of 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses.' With Moreau & Philipe as the depraved aristos (1959), it's heels over head of any 'recent' cineprattle.