Fans of spaghetti westerns shouldn't miss this. Sure, it's slow-moving and may seem familiar but the characters alone are worth the price of admission. Warren Oates is incredibly complex as a former gunfighter and Fabio Testi proves to be a worthy younger rival who ends up stealing his wife. Hellman's idol Peckinpah appears in a cameo as a writer selling the legend of the west.
Michael Haneke is a filmmaker I've been meaning to explore further for a long time but haven't really found the time to do so. I was surprised to discover that The Seventh Continent was his debut feature, so confidently directed it is. It certainly deserves to be better known. Not sure why only two or three Haneke films usually get discussed.
It's a tough, brutal film in many ways, a thoroughly unsentimental depiction of an alienated bourgeois family. The mood…
Ozu's last film before he died, An Autumn Afternoon once again deals with one of his favourite themes: tradition vs. modernity. And, yet again, there's a daughter who needs to get married. The story may be simple but only on surface. Ozu's understanding of human nature was truly second to none. And this allowed him to transition from the personal to the societal. There's no better scene to demonstrate that than the bar scene featuring Chishu Ryu, who has never…