Gaspar Noé – Sodomites (1998)

http://img195.imageshack.us/img195/8435/bscap00120hx.jpg

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152

Iconoclastic indie filmmaker Gaspar Noe is as soft-spoken as his films are abrasive. The force behind the short film “Carne” (1991) and “I Stand Alone” (1998) — two visually explosive and delectably warped odes to the ordinary madness of a misunderstood horse butcher — Noe writes, directs, produces, shoots and edits films so distinctive that his films have already developed cult followings.

As part of a French government initiative to promote the use of condoms through graphic depictions of their proper use, Noe made the short “Sodomites” and handled camera duties on Hadzihalilovic’s “Good Boys Use Condoms.” Read More »

Johnnie To – Cheung fo AKA The Mission (1999)

http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/1193/cheungfo.jpg

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152

Triad boss Lung, who has just escaped being killed in an assassination attempt hires the killers Curtis, James, Mike, Roy and Shin for his protection. Their grown solidarity is under compulsion when Lung orders Curtis to kill Shin in punishment for his affair with Mrs. Lung. Read More »

Guy Maddin – Odin’s Shield Maiden (2007)

His latest, a 5-minute experiment titled Odin’s Shield Maiden is quite beautiful if not all that thematically engaging. Essentially, it’s a series of black-and-white shots of several women mourning the drowning of a guy named Mundi near the shore. The photography is, needless to say, stunning, and Maddin’s lyrical rhythms are spot on. Still no Heart of the World (2001)–or even My Dad is 100 Years Old (2005)–but wonderful to watch, anyway. Read More »

Alessandro Blasetti – La corona di ferro AKA The Iron Crown (1941)

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152

Storyline

A crown, supposedly made from a nail out of the Cross of Christ and the metal of Roman swords, becomes a legend and a symbol of justice.

Imdb user review:
Wonderul Vintage Epic from Italia!, 18 October 2003
8/10
Author: olddiscs from Fords, NJ

Bravo Blassetti ! Bravo Massimo Girotti ! What a surprise from Italy! An Epic saga..Mythological & religious…Sort of an Italian Star Wars meets Robin Hood meets Ben Hur ! Action ! Lust ! Mythological settings ! Forests, loincloths ,moats,chariots, swords, jousting & a story line which never loses your interest!!What a Spectacle !! predates most of our great spectacular films of the 1950s by many yrs (Ok, we had silent films King of Kings & 10 Commandments & some other De Mille Films, Sign of the Cross etc) but this mythological setting was unusual for the times… Cant wait to see again.. Massimo Girotti whose work I know from Senso & later Medea is excellent… rest of cast were not known to me & also not aware of director, Blassetti…. now I am !Will look forward to viewing The Iron Crown again,.and other films by Blassetti..Thanks again TCM !! Read More »

Aditya Assarat – Wonderful Town (2007)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152

It takes place some time after the 2004 Tsunami in a now nearly deserted tourist town. An outsider (an engineer) comes to town and becomes involved with local life. The unfinished mourning process and grieving permeate the film’s atmosphere, diegetic pace is slow and lyrical. The town’s beachfront is being redeveloped, but the residents’ inner life seems stunted. Seemingly unable to contain mourning and guilt, the film steadily moves toward a notion of sacrifice and violence (see René Girard). The plot’s outcome is depicted with much moral restraint and emotional distance and the lack of closure left uncommented.

–stefflbw Read More »

Elyseu Visconti – Os Monstros de Babaloo AKA The Monsters of Babaloo (1971)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152

If you like early John Waters pieces, you have to see this one. In fact, this movie was released an year earlier than Pink Flamingos. The director was also writer, art director and set decorator, in the traditon of underground cinema – the movie is considered part of the movement called Cinema Marginal and was banned by the military Brazilian authorities.

–mandragoru Read More »

Herschell Gordon Lewis – Color Me Blood Red (1965)

http://img560.imageshack.us/img560/4705/l59044a221d308.jpg

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152

SUMMARY
An eccentric artist is panned by a well-known critic at his opening for not having a good color sense, so he starts a new series, using his own blood to paint. Soon he is weakened and must find other sources of blood to continue his paintings.
Ed Sutton on IMDb Read More »