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Ingmar Bergman at his most lighthearted, Smiles Of A Summer is full of wit, buoyancy, and romance. Though vastly unlike Bergman's later, more existentialist works, this is also the first film of his to gain a good deal of international attention. The dialogue is still as sharp as a razor's edge and there are slivers of his classic insight, but it feels fulfilling to know that Bergman gaves us an A-grade erotic comedy amidst…
Hirokazu Kore-eda's After Life is easily one of the most reflective films of all time, for both its characters and its audience. A high-concept narrative about choosing one moment in life to spend eternity with, the themes of time and memory are strong with this one.
A dynamic painting of the human experience and of connection, with a premise that reminded me of Radiohead's "Videotape" and an execution that reminded me of Krzysztof Kieślowski's…
A black comedy from Bong Joon-ho that is (you guessed it) a commentary on socioeconomic struggles. Barking Dogs Never Bite is both smart and comical, with some impressive visuals and a great jazzy score. The film might fall short with its pacing and execution, but the satire is biting, nonetheless.
Bong's debut feature film is definitely on the lower end of his oeuvre, but it is undoubtedly proof of the craft and skill he would later expand on.
One of the quintessential Italian-style comedies (or commedia all’italiana), Dino Risi's Il Sorpasso is a fun road movie, set during the Italian economic miracle. An enjoyable ride that is charming and entertaining in its characters but also contemplative in its themes. A film that revels in good 'ol fashioned carpe diem, while also making commentary on the consumerist society of post-war Italy. Vittorio Gassman and Jean-Louis Trintignant are a wonderfully loveable pair; I am…