Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold (1964)

Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold [Zatôichi senryô-kubi] (1964) Shintaro Katsu made Zatoichi, the blind masseur, his role for 25 films and a television series. Though there have been several excellent remakes with fine Japanese stars, there really is nobody like Shintaro Katsu. This sixth episode, directed by Kazuo Ikehiro, remains my favorite. The worst … More Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold (1964)

The Cameraman (1928)

The Cameraman (1928) Criterion’s new release of this picture may be the best that can be done after MGM’s contemptuous neglect of Buster Keaton’s work and talent. The original negative was lost in a studio fire, and this restoration arises from “Cineteca di Bologna, the Criterion Collection, and Warner Bros.” With Marceline Day as the … More The Cameraman (1928)

The Warped Ones/ a.k.a. The Weird Love Makers (1960)

The Warped Ones/ a.k.a. The Weird Love Makers (1960) Koreyoshi Kurahara employs New Wave techniques to enliven Nobuo Yamada’s relentless study of a wild juvenile delinquent, played with memorable abandon by Tamio Kawaji. The only thing this rebel reveres is black jazz. “The whites stole it from the blacks,” Tamio says, “and we imitate the … More The Warped Ones/ a.k.a. The Weird Love Makers (1960)

Paracelsus (1943)

Paracelsus (1943) When you reach for the stars, you may get your hands burned. At least, for Werner Krauss, the great Dr. Caligari, once he became Hitler’s favorite German star, he gained access to all the prize roles. Here he portrays the much maligned Paracelsus, father of toxicology, who, misunderstood and persecuted by his peers, … More Paracelsus (1943)

Best in Show (2000)

Best in Show (2000) Christopher Guest’s mocumentary about pretentious dog shows nevertheless becomes tender-hearted toward owners for whom a dog is a prize companion that everyone should adore. Five dogs and their comedians were encouraged to improvise dialogue: Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara with their Norwich Terrier Winky; Parker Posey and Michael Hitchcock with their … More Best in Show (2000)