Faouzi Bensaïdi – Mille mois aka A thousand months (2003)

It is the holy month of Ramadan in Morocco in 1981. Amina, accompanied with her seven years old son Mehdi, come to live with her father-in-law Ahmed in a small village in Morocco, after her husband was arrested for political reasons. The arrest of the father must stay a secret for Mehdi who was told that his father traveled to France for work. Read More »

John Huston – The Roots of Heaven (1958)

Set in French Equatorial Africa, the film tells the story of Morel (Trevor Howard), a crusading environmentalist who sets out to preserve the elephants from extinction as a lasting symbol of freedom for all humanity. He is helped by Minna (Juliette Gréco), a nightclub hostess, and Forsythe (Errol Flynn), a disgraced British military officer hoping to redeem himself. Read More »

Earl Barton – Trip with the Teacher (1975)

A pretty young teacher and four of her pretty students take a minibus to some Navajo ruins, little suspecting another kind of ruin awaits. A trio of bikers begin to flirt with the gals, and when their bus breaks down, they helpfully tow the vehicle to a deserted shack. The chief biker, Al, chews up the scenery, kills folks, and rips off the teacher’s clothes before raping her. The poor schoolgirls are also in for their share of abuse. Read More »

Rafael Romero Marchent – ¿Quién grita venganza? AKA Dead Men Don’t Count (1968)

Every good Spaghetti Western begins with a killing, a man bids his wife and baby goodbye and rides off, his wife’s smiling face turns hard and she signals a rifleman in the hills with a mirror, the man dies.

Years later, two opportunistic bounty killers Fred (Anthony Steffen) and Johnny (Mark Damon) arrive in Blackstone to try and swindle the Sheriff (Piero Lulli) out of a $15,000 bounty by posing as the captor and killer. However they are are drawn into a bloody mystery. Who is responsible for the massacre of rancher’s families? Why do the distinctive pistols Fred carries cause such consternation? The answer to events in the present can only be found in the past. Read More »

Bruno Bozzetto – West and Soda (1965)

A greedy villain tries to coerce a woman into marrying him so he can take over her land, when a stranger rides into town intent on taking down the bad guys.
Inspired from the most ironic spaghetti western the master of italian animation Bruno Bozzetto develops West and Soda, a sweet parody of western’s epic. Read More »

Toshiya Fujita – Shinjuku outlaw: Buttobase AKA Shinjuku Outlaw: Step on the Gas! (1970)

Yūji, fresh out of prison on parole, is taken to a bar that Nao operates and there he meets his old love Emiko, now working as hostess, and accepts Nao’s appeal for help in finding drug thieves. After grilling one of the small hoodlums about who took the marijuana, Yūji and Nao find the looter is a mammoth underground organization. Meanwhile, a group of hoodlums are disgruntled over their failure to sell the drug through Nao. Read More »

Wei Lo & Chia-Hsiang Wu – Tang shan da xiong AKA The Big Boss (1971)

Cheng is a city boy who moves with his cousins to work at a ice factory. He does this with a family promise never to get involved in any fight. However, when members of his family begin disappearing after meeting the management of the factor, the resulting mystery and pressures forces him to break that vow and take on the villainy of the Big Boss. Read More »