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‘Veronika Voss’ (1982): Old-School as New-School

Directed by: Rainer Werner Fassbinder || Produced by: Thomas Schuhly Screenplay: Rainer Werner, Pea Frohlich, Peter Marthesheimer || Starring: Rosel Zech, Hilmar Thate, Cornelia Froboess, Annemarie Duringer, Armin Mueller-Stahl Music by: Peer Raben || Cinematography: Xaver Schwarzenberger || Country: Germany || Language: German Running Time: 104 minutes Veronika Voss was the penultimate film made by … Continue reading

Cache (2005): Hidden Messages

Directed by: Michael Haneke || Produced by: Veit Heiduschka Screenplay by: Michael Haneke || Starring: Daniel Auteuil, Juliette Binoche, Maurice Benichou, Lester Makedonsky, Walid Afkir, Annie Girardot, Daniel Duval, Bernard Le Coq Cinematography: Christian Berger || Edited by: Michael Hudecek, Nadine Muse || Country: France || Language: French Running Time: 118 minutes If you’re new … Continue reading

‘The Chaser’ (2008): De-Glorifying the Serial Killer on Film

Directed by: Na Hong-jin || Produced by: Kim Su-jin, Yun In-beom Screenplay by: Na Hong-jin, Lee Shin-ho, Hong Won-chan || Starring: Kim Yoon-seok, Ha  Jung-woo, Seo Young-hee, Koo Bon-woong, Kim Yoo-jung, Jeong In-gi, Park Hyo-joo Music by: Kim Jun-seok, Choi Yong-rak || Cinematography by: Lee Seong-je || Edited by: Kim Seon-min || Country: South Korea … Continue reading

‘Black Girl’ (1966): The Miserable Die Alone

Directed by: Ousmane Sembene || Produced by: Andre Zwoboda Screenplay by: Ousmane Sembene || Starring: Mbissine Therese Diop, Anne-Marie Jelinek, Robert Fontaine, Momar Nar Sene Cinematography: Christian Lacoste || Edited by: Andre Gaudier || Country: Senegal, France || Language: French Running Time: 65 minutes Recognized as the first Sub-Saharan African film to receive international acclaim, … Continue reading

‘The Battle of Algiers’ (1966): The Televised Revolution

Directed by: Gillo Pontecorvo Screenplay by: Gillo Pontecorvo, Franco Solinas || Starring: Brahim Haggiag, Jean Martin, Saadi Yacef, Tommaso Neri, Fawzia El-Kader, Michele Kerbash Music by: Ennio Morricone, Gillo Pontecorvo || Cinematography: Marcello Gatti || Edited by: Mario Morra, Mario Serandrei || Country: Italy, Algeria || Language: Arabic, French Running Time: 120 minutes. Gillo Pontecorvo’s … Continue reading

‘Edge of Tomorrow’ (2014): The Tom Cruise-Mark of Quality

Directed by: Doug Liman || Produced by: Erwin Stoff, Tom Lassally, Jeffrey Silver, Gregory Jacobs, Jason Hoffs Screenplay by: Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth || Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily  Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson, Noah Taylor, Kick Gurry, Dragomir Mrsic, Charlotte Riley Music by: Christophe Beck || Cinematography: Dion Beebe || Edited by: James … Continue reading

‘Elite Squad’ (2007): Good Cop, Bad Cop, Brutal Cop

Directed by: Jose Padilha || Produced by: Jose Padilha, Marcos Prado Written by: Braulio Mantovani, Jose Padilha, Rodrigo Pimentel || Starring: Wagner Moura, Andre Ramiro, Caio Junqueira, Milhem Cortaz, Maria Ribeiro, Fabio Lago, Fernada Machado Music by: Pedro Bromfman || Cinematography by: Lula Carvalho || Editing by: Daniel Rezende, Chris Lebenzon || Country: Brazil || … Continue reading

‘Touki Bouki’ (1973): Parisian Dreams in Senegal

Directed by: Djibril Diop Mambety Screenplay by: Djibril Diop Mambety || Starring: Magaye Niang, Mareme Niang, Aminata Fall, Ousseynou Diop Music by: Josephine Baker, Mado Robin, Aminata Fall || Cinematography: Pap Samba Sow || Editing by: Siro Asteni, Emma Mennenti || Country: Senegal || Language: Wolof, French Running Time: 95 minutes African cinema, particularly that … Continue reading

‘Days of Future Past’ (2014): Characters Before Spectacle

Directed by: Bryan Singer || Produced by: Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Hutch Parker Screenplay by: Simon Kinberg || Starring: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Evan Peters, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Ellen Page, Halle Berry Music by: John Ottman || Cinematography: Newton Thomas Sigel || Editing by: … Continue reading

‘Godzilla’ (2014): When Special FX Are Actually Cinematic

Directed by: Gareth Edwards || Produced by: Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Mary Parent, Brian Rogers Screenplay by: Max Borenstein, David Callaham || Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, David Strathairn, Sally Hawkins, Juliett Binoche, Bryan Cranston Music by: Alexandre Desplat || Cinemtography: Seamus McGarvey || Editing by: Bob Ducsay || Country: United States || Language: … Continue reading