The London Nobody Knows (1969)

“No horseguards, no palaces, but Islington’s Chapel Market, pie shops, and Spitalfields tenements. Carnaby chicks and chaps, the 1967 we have been led to remember, are shockingly juxtaposed with feral meths drinkers, filthy shoeless kids, squalid Victoriana. Camden Town still resembles the world of Walter Sickert. There is romance and adventure, but mostly there is…

Little Big Man (1970)

“Do you see this fine thing? Do you admire the humanity of it? Because the human beings, my son, they believe everything is alive. Not only man and animals. But also water, earth, stone. And also the things from them… like that hair. The man from whom this hair came, he’s bald on the other…

Two or Three Things I Know About Her (1967)

“Where is the beginning? But what beginning? God created heaven and earth. But one should be able to put it better. To say that the limits of language, of my language, are those of the world, of my world, and that in speaking, I limit the world, I end it. And when mysterious, logical death…

Under the Shadow (2016)

“Under its scares, Under the Shadow serves as an impassioned allegory for female oppression – but Anvari doesn’t short-change horror fans. He delivers an entertainment that’s fun to watch, and subversively incisive for those willing to read between the lines.” ‘Under the Shadow’, directed by Babak Anvari in 2016, is a horror movie set in…

Strangers on a Train (1951)

“Everyone has somebody that they want to put out of the way. Oh now surely, Madam, you’re not going to tell me that there hasn’t been a time that you didn’t want to dispose of someone. Your husband, for instance?” ‘Strangers on a Train’, directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951, is an American thriller based…

Ratcatcher (1999)

“Goodbye, Snowball!” ‘Ratcatcher’, directed by Lynne Ramsay in 1999, is a Scottish drama set in the poor areas of Glasgow during 1973. Two friends James and Ryan run to play near the canal. During a mock-fight, Ryan falls in and drowns, leading to James feeling remorse for his inability to help. Through the film, James…

Vinyl (1965)

“The finished film is disturbing, contains unsimulated violent acts and is not very audience-friendly.” Either a strong disrecommendation or a strong recommendation, depending on your proclivities. And if none of that draws you, maybe the soundtrack including Martha and the Vandellas, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, and the The Isley Brothers will. Did Warhol pay to…

Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

“It is so difficult to make a neat job of killing people with whom one is not on friendly terms.” ‘Kind Hearts and Coronets’, directed by Robert Hamer in 1949, is a British black comedy made by the Ealing Studios. Dennis Price plays Louis D’Ascoyne Mazzini, the son of an aristocratic mother who has been…

Une Femme Coquette (1955)

Available online here, ‘Une Femme Coquette’, directed by  Jean-Luc Godard in 1955, is a short French movie, once of the director’s earliest works. It follows a woman as she tries to mimic the flirtatious actions of an escort she meets but smiling at a random man. The man then pursues her to her flat where…

Le Jour Se Lève (1939)

“You’re the type women fall in love with . . . I’m the type that interests them.” ‘Le Jour Se Lève’, directed by Marcel Carné in 1939, is a French drama starring Jean Gabin as a man driven to murder. The movie opens dramatically: a man staggers from a room in a high-rise building and,…

Indochine (1992)

A review first published on wearecult on the 31st of January 2017 ‘Indochine’, directed by Régis Wargnier in 1992, is a lavish historical epic telling the story of the anticolonial unrest in the country that eventually became North and South Vietnam during the 1930s to 1950s. Catherine Deneuve plays Éliane Devries, a wealthy single woman…

The Beaches of Agnès (2008)

“I think it deals with this question, ‘what is cinema?’ through how I found specific cinematic ways of telling what I was telling. I could have told you the same things that are in the film by just talking to you for six hours. But instead I found shapes. Like in the scene when I…