TREASURE CHEST: Some things are always “Fresh” (1994.)

We are all lost in the symbolic game of chess with ourselves. As Samuel L. Jackson politely pointed out: “Your queen is just a pawn with some fancy moves, nothing more.” We often overestimate our capabilities without realizing that all in life comes with a price. The difference between the greater and lesser people is…

TREASURE CHEST: The meanings of “Keoma” (1976)

Spaghetti western has a simple storyline. There is always a hero, alone against everybody, trying to free the oppressed against greedy and emotionless villains. Almost every spaghetti western can fall into that category, and it was refreshing to find one as different as it can be. Starring Franco Nero, living legend of the genre and…

TREASURE CHEST: Wonder of “Il mare” (2000.)

original title: “Siworae” Before Christmas the girl has left a postcard to the new tenant of “Il Mare”. “Il mare” is the house on the lake. Famous architect built it for his son. She’s gone to the new place but the letter she expected hasn’t yet arrived. Will the new tenant be so kind to…

TREASURE CHEST: THE DEMON (1978.)

“Kichiku” (original title) Sometimes I stumble upon disturbing movies. Movies so difficult to watch that in the ritual of masochism I watch them in silence. “The Demon” was such a movie and at the end of it, I felt relieved, but deeply bothered with what I’ve just seen. Kikuyo, a mother with three children comes…

TREASURE CHEST: THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR (1975)

  After 1974 and Watergate different movies were made. People were disappointed with the government and its institutions and if President was capable of lying, what did the Intelligence agencies do? “Three days of the Condor” was made in that atmosphere and (together with “Parallax View”) we can feel anger and will of change so…

Somewhere on the “Foreign Field” (1993.)

– Leo McKern, Alec Guiness, Geraldine Chaplin, John Randolph, Jeanne Moreau and Lauren Bacall together in a TV movie? In the nineties? Really? – That’s one of the reactions I got when I said that “Foreign Field” is a must see for everyone. Masterpiece of old masters. This is a review I had in my…

“Killer of Sheep” (1979.) – one of those gems…

  IMDB There are many stories about “Killer of Sheep”. Charles Burnett made it in the seventies to earn his graduate degree, and since then it was mentioned in the cinema circles as unprecedented in movie history. “Killer of Sheep” was the movie about which I heard a lot before I saw it, therefore my…

“Johnny Got His Gun” (1971.) – Masterpiece!

100 years has passed since WW1.  Somehow, that anniversary isn’t mentioned in the popular media nearly enough as it should.  Some people called WW1 “the war that’ll end all wars” and they were terribly mistaken. In relation to the other war films, especially the ones about Vietnam or WW2, WW1 is somehow in the background…

“The Long Goodbye” (1973.) that never stops.

IMDB Philip Marlowe is one of the most iconic fictional characters of all time.  Bogart and Mitchum both made great impersonations of the character in the forties and seventies, and Chandler’s hero was favorite private detective of every thriller lover in the world. Recently, while I was playing “The Witcher” video-game, private detective in the…

Hard Eight (1996.) – debut of the great director

“Hard Eight”, originally titled “Sidney”, is the first movie of Paul Thomas Anderson, the director known to the movie lovers for “Master”, “Magnolia” and “There Will Be Blood”. Some critics call him the greatest director of his generation and one of the most important directors in the early 21st century. They’re probably right, and “Hard…