Thunder Road (1958)

Thunder Road (1958) Stripped down to stark black and white, this noir about Harlan county whisky runners was helmed by Robert Mitchum, who co-wrote, supposedly directed, and starred as Korean War vet Lucas Doolin. The movie aims to capture authentic hill culture, right down to speech patterns. Its country title song, co-written by Mitchum, and … More Thunder Road (1958)

Black Venus (2010)

Black Venus (2010) Yahima Torres deliveres a stunningly brooding performance as the abused and exploited “Venus Hottentot” in this film directed by Abdellatif Kechiche. Based on the real life of Sarah Baartman, Sawtche was bought from an Afrikaner farmer to nurse the children of a Dutch doctor who, seeing the body of his servant as … More Black Venus (2010)

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)