Little Caesar movie (1931): Edward G. Robinson is an iconic all-American gangster in Mervyn LeRoy’s landmark but badly dated crime drama also featuring Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
A Face in the Crowd movie review: A hammy Andy Griffith + Budd Schulberg’s didactic screenplay seriously hinder Elia Kazan’s 1957 sociopolitical drama. Patricia Neal costars.
Mildred Pierce 1945 movie: Best Actress Oscar winner Joan Crawford is terrific as a devoted mother to psychopathic daughter Ann Blyth in Michael Curtiz’s film noir + melodrama mix.
Straw Dogs with Dustin Hoffman and Susan George: Infamous rape scene. Straw Dogs movie (1971) review: Sam Peckinpah drama is best remembered for its infamous rape scene. If there has…
Casablanca movie review: Starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid, is Michael Curtiz’s Oscar-winning 1942 romantic drama truly great cinema?
Stardust Memories movie (1980) review: Contemplative Woody Allen comedy costarring Charlotte Rampling, Marie-Christine Barrault, and Jessica Harper is 1 of the most profound films ever.
Woyzeck film (1979): Minor Werner Herzog psychological drama starring Klaus Kinski is superior to most so-called ‘Hollywood Masterpieces.’
Taste of Cherry (1997) movie review: Breaking of the fourth wall at film’s end nearly ruins Abbas Kiarostami’s otherwise effective suicide drama.
Fanny and Alexander movie (1982) vs. TV miniseries (1983): Ingmar Bergman’s sumptuous big-screen swan song is even more engrossing in its longer form.
The Bad Sleep Well movie review: Akira Kurosawa’s 1960 corporate corruption drama deserves to be as well known as Rashomon and Seven Samurai. Toshiro Mifune stars.
White Nights movie (1957) review: Luchino Visconti gives romantic Dostoevsky tale the un-Hollywood treatment. Marcello Mastroianni + Maria Schell + Jean Marais star.
Breathless movie review: Is Jean-Luc Godard’s epoch-making 1960 film noir homage vastly overrated? Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg star.
Three Colors: Red movie review: Krzysztof Kieslowski’s brilliant trilogy finale boasts a career-capping star turn by Jean-Louis Trintignant and a career-making one by Irène Jacob.
Three Colors: White movie review: Krzysztof Kieslowski’s weakest entry in his 1990s trilogy is still better than most Hollywood romantic comedies. Julie Delpy and Zbigniew Zamachowski star.
Three Colors: Blue movie review: Krzysztof Kieslowski’s sublime 1993 psychological drama provides Juliette Binoche with one of the best roles of her career.
Seven Samurai movie review: Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 action classic is one of those rare films that get better and better with each new viewing. Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura star.
Blade Runner movie review: Starring Harrison Ford, does Ridley Scott’s 1982 dystopian thriller deserve its classic status? Sean Young and Rutger Hauer costar.
Il Grido / The Cry film (1957): Michelangelo Antonioni’s acclaimed neorealist drama stars an outstanding Steve Cochran. Also in cast: Alida Valli and Betsy Blair.
Godzilla / Gojira: Released 9 years after atomic bombs were dropped on 2 Japanese cities, Ishirô Honda’s 1954 classic features 1 of cinema’s greatest and most destructive monsters ever.
Blow-Up movie review: In his 1966 ‘Swinging London’ masterwork, Michelangelo Antonioni questions the perception of reality. David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, and Sarah Miles star.