Black Gravel

Black Gravel When they dig it up, what will they find? Fans will want to see this forgotten Deutsch-noir masterpiece. Helmut Käutner’s tale of trouble on an American air base in West Germany is a swirl of ...

Nation, Identity, and Memory: Japanese Cinema in Conversation

Fighting ElegyLately, unstable times are shaking countries the world over. While in the West we’re dealing with breakups and a resurgence of conservative politics, the East is not faring well either. ...

Film Review: Pigs and Battleships (1961) by Shohei Imamura

One of the many consequences of the American occupation in Japan after WWII was the resurgence of Yakuza, particularly in areas where Us naval bases were situated, with its members profiting ...

Criterion Reflections – Profound Desires of the Gods (1968) – Hulu

David’s Quick Take for the tl;dr Media Consumer: Profound Desire(s) of the Gods is a sprawling, disturbing, ambitiously weird would-be epic about a clash of societies within the territorial ...

Scott Reviews The Shohei Imamura Masterpiece Collection [Masters of Cinema Blu-ray Review]

Here are CriterionCast, we receive many, many discs for review consideration. We try to roll out full reviews when we can, offering analyses of the films in the context of their time as well as their ...

A history of Nikkatsu: guns, girls, pigs and pantyhose

Feature Dan Auty 19 Jun 2013 - 06:55 Dan looks back at the best films to come out of Japan's Nikkatsu studio... Formed in 1912, Nikkatsu was Japan’s oldest film studio, and prior to World War II, ...

This week's new film events

The Fog | Seasons In The Sun: The Heyday Of Nikkatsu Studios | UK green film festival | Terracotta Far East Film festival The Fog, London As if a screening of a seminal horror movie in a spooky ...

Hey London! Celebrate 100 Years of Nikkatsu at the BFI this June!

Nikkatsu Studios has produced some of the most stylish, anarchic and influential Japanese movies of the past 100 years, most notably during its counter culture heyday in the 1950s and 1960s. To mark ...

Wes Anderson's Top Ten Films on Criterion

Wes Anderson's Top Ten Films on Criterion No surprise here: Wes Anderson has fabulous -- and fairly esoteric -- taste in movies. Check out the "Moonrise Kingdom" director's top 10 (well, top 12) picks from the Criterion Collection below, in a ...

Nyff 2011. Nikkatsu Centennial

Velvet Bullets and Steel Kisses: Celebrating the Nikkatsu Centennial was a sidebar at this year's New York Film Festival that Dan Sallitt, writing a couple of weeks ago, found "so exciting that it ...

Pigs and Battleships Blu-ray Review

Originally released in 1961, Shohei Imamura’s Pigs and Battleships is a beautiful film and one that wonderfully captures a unique period in Japanese history. Following the nation’s defeat in World War ...

"Kiss Me Deadly" and More DVDs

Criterion releases Kiss Me Deadly on DVD and Blu-ray today and, for the occasion, they're running an essay by J Hoberman adapted from his book, An Army of Phantoms: American Movies and the Making of ...

"Tuesday, After Christmas" + Jewison, Bigelow, Baillie and More

"Romanian films set in the era after the fall of Communism suggest the nation suffers a hell of a hangover from the ideology," writes Steve Erickson in Gay City News. "For instance, Corneliu ...

A Journey Through The Eclipse Series: Kenji Mizoguchi’s Street Of Shame

I’ll live to see what becomes of a prostitute. I’ll see it for myself. After a pair of columns over the past two weeks dedicated to the early and later films of Yasujiro Ozu, and an earlier review of ...

Legendary Art Director, Kimihiko Nakamura, Passes Away At 94

Now, in much sadder news, legendary art director Kimihiko Nakamura, whose work can be seen in films like Twenty-Four Eyes, and films like The Insect Woman, Pigs and Battleships and Intentions of ...