Au rendez-vous de la mort joyeuse , aka Expulsion of the Devil (1973)

  Au rendez-vous de la mort joyeuse , aka Expulsion of the Devil (1973) Juan Luis Buñuel co-wrote and directed this horror film in which a house takes possession of its inhabitants and drives them mad. Dominique, the son, prefers playing outside with his toy soldiers, whereas Sophie draws imaginary buildings while her father sketches … More Au rendez-vous de la mort joyeuse , aka Expulsion of the Devil (1973)

Human Flow (2017)

Human Flow (2017) Ai Weiwei directed this documentary about the international explosion of refugees, caused by famine, global warming, and war. He reveals the failure of the 1951 European Refugee Convention and the dehumanization of the camps. Filmed across 23 countries, the movie shows the full catastrophe of this world-wide human migration and the moral … More Human Flow (2017)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) Originally optioned by Kirk Douglas, who played the lead in the Broadway production, this study of power dynamics in mental institutions created a defining role for Jack Nicholson, and provided Miloš Forman with his first American job as director. There is no way anybody can forget Louise Fletcher … More One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

Tattooed Life (1965)

  Tattooed Life (1965) Seijun Suzuki opens with a violent yakuza assassination and concludes with a battle to the death in this highly stylized late work that studies the bond between brothers, one a hired killer and the other an art student. Their journey to escape fate occupies most of the movie. Hideki Takahashi plays … More Tattooed Life (1965)

Lifeboat (1944)

Lifeboat (1944) Having convinced his mother to relocate out of London, where the bombing continued, Alfred Hitccock , in support of the war effort, directed this melodramatic message-film about the moral threat of disunity among allied nations fighting aggressive Nazi attacks. Very loosely based on a prose treatment by John Stienbeck, the screenplay was revised … More Lifeboat (1944)

THE KEY TO EVERYTHING

  Entropy is the Damoclean sword Over our heads. Whatever we build breaks down: Pyramid schemes snap like a bungee chord, As stock markets crash and plutocrats skip town.   Complexity science scales the world’s body Whose genetic drift spins ten times faster Than IQ scores for any minority That rank or caste can engineer stronger. … More THE KEY TO EVERYTHING

Baal (1970)

Baal (1970) Volker Schlöndorff recruited Rainer Werner Fassbinder and his Antitheatre troupe to perform in this television adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s infamous play about the poet as anti-hero. When Helene Weigel, Brecht’s widow, saw this production, she was outraged and prevented its release into movie theaters. Suppressed until 2014, this birth of New German Cinema … More Baal (1970)

Raw Deal (1948)

Raw Deal (1948) John Alton’s rapturous noir cinematography captures this stark tragedy about a palooka who breaks out of prison to “catch a breath of air.” Joe Sullivan [Dennis O’Keefe] is aided and abetted by Pat [Claire Trevor] who provides, quite a twist,  the voice-under narration. Joe, forced to find a hideout, breaks into the … More Raw Deal (1948)