The Longest Day (1962)

“You remember it. Remember every bit of it, ’cause we are on the eve of a day that people are going to talk about long after we are dead and gone.” ‘The Longest Day’, directed by Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki, Gerd Oswald and Darryl F. Zanuck in 1962, is an American war movie…

City Lights (1931)

“Children who see them at a certain age don’t notice they’re “silent” but notice only that every frame speaks clearly to them, without all those mysterious words that clutter other films. Then children grow up, and forget this wisdom, but the films wait patiently and are willing to teach us again.” (Roger Ebert) ‘City Lights’,…

The Towering Inferno (1974)

“When there’s a fire, I outrank everybody here. Now, one thing we don’t want is a panic. Now, I could tell them, but you ought to do it. Just make a nice cool announcement to all your guests and tell them the party’s being moved down below the fire floor. Right now.” ‘The Towering Inferno’,…

The Apple (1998)

“Using a real-life family as both actor and subject, Makhmalbaf captures on film a fictional reality of two children first entering society at the age of twelve at the same time that the real-life children were first engaging with the world outside their home.” ‘The Apple’, directed by Samira Makhmalbaf in 1998, is an Iranian…

Okja (2017)

“Fuck off! We’re extremely proud of our achievements. We’re very hardworking business-people. We do deals, and these are the deals we do. This is the tenderloin for the sophisticated restaurants. The Mexicans love the feet. I know. Go figure! We all love the face and the anus, as American as apple pie! Hot dogs. It’s…

The African Queen (1951)

“I don’t know why the Germans would want this God-forsaken place.” ‘The African Queen’, directed by John Huston in 1951, is an American adventure movie starring Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart. Hepburn plays Rose Sayer, a Methodist missionary in German East Africa in the 1910s. When war breaks out, Sayer escapes her village after it…

Coffee and Cigarettes (1986, 1992, 2003)

“Well, Nikola Tesla invented fluorescent light. Without him we wouldn’t have alternating current, radio, television… x-ray technology… induction motors, particle beams, lasers; none of that would even exist if it weren’t for him.” ‘Coffee and Cigarettes’, directed by Jim Jarmusch between 1986 and 2003, is an American anthology film featuring eleven vignettes in which characters…

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

“Take a look at yourself here in a worn-out Mardi Gras outfit, rented for 50 cents from some rag-picker. And with a crazy crown on. Now what kind of a queen do you think you are? Do you know that I’ve been on to you from the start, and not once did you pull the…

La Strada (1954)

First published on ‘We Are Cult’ on the 15th of July 2017 In many respects, La Strada, directed by Federico Fellini in 1954, is a drama that sowed the seeds for the director’s later, extravagantly fantastical films, but one that equally has its own, very particular identity. The movie focuses on a circus strongman called…

Lola (1981)

First published on ‘We Are Cult’ on the 11th of July 2017 Lola, directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder in 1981, takes place in 1957 in the small town of Coburg in Western Germany. The senior members of the town, including the head of police and the mayor, are all making money from the post-war reconstruction….