What happens to a samurai without honor? Well, apparently it’s a lot of bad stuff capped off with a bout of madness. Yeah, that seems like a fate worthy of anyone who would consider going after (in a minor character role) the fantastic Toshiro Mifune. Join us for the Sword of Doom.
Sometimes the greatest tragedies are hidden in the most mundane circumstances. As we each move day-by-day through life, the most important gift can be that of perspective. For that reason, Grey Gardens offers us a perspective into lives that blur the line between the past and the present.
Join us for Grey Gardens
It may be June, but it’s always January in Ingmar Bergman’s heart. Okay, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but see if you feel warm and cozy after watching one man’s deep existential crisis manifest itself in the chilly depths of winter. Join us for Winter Light, the film that makes The Seventh Seal look positively rosy in comparison.
At long last, we leave the depths of sorrow and head to an unambiguously happy movie. We…don’t really know what to do with this one. You mean there’s no terrible twist of fate? No flawed characters doomed to reap the sorrows of their ills? Grab the popcorn and join us for Aki Kaurismaki’s Le Havre!
Did you love Black Moon but think its mythology could use a little more dark rituals and blood consumption? Or did you like Vampyr but think that it wasn’t filled with enough surreal ambiguity? Then you need to check this one out. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders brings the best of those films together with a little bit of the camp horror-classic House thrown in for good measure. It’s like you get three Criterion films in one!
We’re venturing into the mean streets of East End London in the era of Thatcherism. If you like your economic hardships with a side of skinheads and ambiguity, then do we have a film for you with Meantime.
If you’ve ever longed for the open range and the freedom of the frontier, then you’re in for some disappointment. Rather than celebrating the free spirit of the West, McCabe & Mrs. Miller paints a grim and violent portrait that once again reaffirms Capitalism as the ultimate evil. Join us for this rousing deconstruction of the Western genre.
Do you miss talking about The Piano Teacher? We sure do, which is why we opted to look at another example of the romantic movie subverted. Join us for the film that inspired the NC-17 film rating and taught us the valuable lesson that Romance and Horror are two genres that are sometimes difficult to separate: Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
Loneliness is the disease of the modern age, and Certain Women follows three women on the former frontier who are separately grappling with isolation. In the end, you might not find the emotional resonance you desire, but you might find that you’ve gotten insight into the things that haunt us all.
We head down to Texas in this week’s episode, where a nasty love triangle results in a contracted murder that doesn’t go quite as planned. It’s a tale as old as time, and in the end it’s just Blood Simple.