Marco Bellocchio – I pugni in tasca AKA Fists in the Pocket (1965)

 Marco Bellocchio   I pugni in tasca AKA Fists in the Pocket (1965)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152 Marco Bellocchio   I pugni in tasca AKA Fists in the Pocket (1965)

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Tormented by twisted desires, a young man takes drastic measures to rid his grotesquely dysfunctional family of its various afflictions in this astonishing 1965 debut from Marco Bellocchio. Charged by a coolly assured style, shocking perversity, and savage gallows humor, Fists in the Pocket (I pugni in tasca) was a gleaming ice pick in the eye of bourgeois family values and Catholic morality, a truly unique work that continues to rank as one of the great achievements of Italian cinema. Continue reading

Mike Leigh – Career Girls (1997)

 Mike Leigh   Career Girls (1997)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152 Mike Leigh   Career Girls (1997)

from allmovie:
Mike Leigh’s first film after his international success Secrets and Lies was this comedy-drama about two former college roommates spending a weekend together — the first time they’ve seen each other in six years. As teenagers, Annie (Lynda Steadman) was painfully shy, terribly nervous (so much so that it manifested itself in a severe facial rash) and in desperate need of self-esteem. Hannah (Katrin Cartlidge), on the other hand, had strong opinions about everything and a habit of blurting them out regardless of the hurt they would inflict upon others. Years later, Annie has gained a certain confidence and poise (and her face has cleared up), but she’s yet to learn how to relax, while Hannah is still incapable of letting a quiet moment speak for itself. As they spend the weekend hunting for apartments (Annie’s looking for a new place to live), they’re constantly reminded of their past together — how far they’ve come, and how far they still have to go. Marianne Jean-Baptiste, who won acclaim for her role as the daughter given up for adoption in Secrets and Lies, co-wrote the musical score for this film. Continue reading

Gregg Araki – Totally F***ed Up (1993)

 Gregg Araki   Totally F***ed Up (1993)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152 Gregg Araki   Totally F***ed Up (1993)

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A group of gay and lesbian teen characters addresses the camera directly in this pseudo-documentary about the travails of queer adolescence in early-’90s Los Angeles. Andy (James Duval), who hides his sensitive side beneath a nihilistic exterior, really yearns to find a nice boyfriend and settle down the way his pal Steven (Gilbert Luna), an aspiring filmmaker, has with boyfriend Deric (Lance May). Meanwhile, their sex-crazed friend Tommy (Roko Belic) has been kicked out by his parents for being homosexual. The only seemingly carefree members of this adoptive family are Michele (Susan Behshid) and Patricia (Jenee Gill), a lesbian couple whose desire to raise a child together leads the boys to participate in a group sperm donation during one of the film’s many scenes of these characters just hanging out and rapping about AIDS, fag-bashing, homophobia, and alienation. In-between polemicizing and posing in front of Steven’s camera for interviews, Andy meets college student Ian (Alan Boyce), who seems, at least for a while, to be Mr. Right. Just as Andy and Ian’s relationship begins to blossom, Steven and Deric’s starts to fall apart, but nothing’s for certain in director Gregg Araki’s angst-ridden world. Framed as 15 vignettes, each one introduced by an ironic intertitle and many of them interspersed with graphic sexual and commercial images, Totally F***ed Up marked the end of Araki’s no-budget phase; the glossy, gaudy Doom Generation would follow two years later. Continue reading

Aleksei German – Khrustalyov, mashinu! AKA Khrustalyov, My Car! (1998)

 Aleksei German   Khrustalyov, mashinu! AKA Khrustalyov, My Car! (1998)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152 Aleksei German   Khrustalyov, mashinu! AKA Khrustalyov, My Car! (1998)

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Winter is never-ending in Aleksei Guerman’s impenetrable film ”Khroustaliov, My Car!,” a nearly two-and-a-half hour absurdist nightmare of life in the Soviet Union during the final days of Stalin’s rule. Snow falls in almost every scene of this starkly grim, black-and-white movie, which follows the triumph, fall from grace and hasty rehabilitation of a hulking Red Army general and brain surgeon named Yuri Glinshi (Yuri Tsourilo). Processions of black government vehicles are forever materializing like ominous phantoms through the curtains of snow that drift over a dilapidated town decorated with gleaming white statues of the beady-eyed, mustached Soviet dictator. Continue reading

Edgar G. Ulmer – Her Sister’s Secret (1946)

kLnsHZO Edgar G. Ulmer   Her Sisters Secret (1946)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152 Edgar G. Ulmer   Her Sisters Secret (1946)

REVIEWS:
A well-crafted film, 24 February 2001
Author: jeffreynothing from Toronto, Canada

I saw this film at a screening several years ago at the Edinburgh Film Festival. The picture was actually introduced by Mr.Ulmer’s daughter. It’s a typical 1940’s melodrama that is well directed. It is apparent in viewing the film that Ulmer knew exactly what he was doing when he made a movie. It was only the second Ulmer film I had seen, the first being the superior Detour. I can’t remember the plot in too much detail because it was a while ago, but it involves an illegitimate child. It has a good social message in that it sheds light on how so-called “bastard” children are sometimes the subjects of social discrimination. I’m surprised it hasn’t received more votes. I guess I was lucky to catch that screening. Continue reading

Vittorio De Seta – L’invitata (1969)

tVWAhF5 Vittorio De Seta   Linvitata (1969)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152 Vittorio De Seta   Linvitata (1969)

Synopsis:
When her husband returns from his work abroad with a guest, a young girl, his wife suspects a liaison. She leaves her home. Her boss takes her to the Côte d’Azur. They get closer during the long voyage and the man invites her to his marital home. Continue reading

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