Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Japanese actor, writer and director Takeshi Kitano remade the classic story for modern audiences. A blind swordsman becomes the unlikely hero when he becomes involved in a war between two powerful gangs in feudal Japan. Multi tasking Kitano delivers an entertaining action film about the classic hero. Kitano leads a solid ensemble which makes this film stand out. 1001 Films' coverage of films on DVD.
Friday, July 25, 2014
French director Fabien Constant made his feature debut with this documentary about fashion icon Carine Roitfeld. Former head of French Vogue, Carine Roitfeld is followed as she moves to New York to create a new fashion book. Insightful film about the world of fashion through one of its most powerful players using her experience and connections for a new endeavor. Constant got total access to Roitfeld and her powerful friends to make the film this happen which shows the machinery of the fashion world. 1001 Films' coverage of films on DVD.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Directors Lisa Immordino Vreeland, Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt and Frédéric Tcheng made their feature debut with this terrific documentary about the legendary fashion editor Diana Vreeland. The life and work of Diana Vreeland who's responsible for the modern fashion journalism through her groundbreaking work at Bazaar, Vogue and Metropolitan Museum. Using archival footage and interviews of Vreeland and fashion experts the directors created an informative as well as entertaining film. 1001 Films' coverage of films on DVD.
Monday, July 21, 2014
Writer and director James Gray returns with his fifth film which is his first period drama and fourth with Joaquin Phoenix. In order to save her sister, a desperate immigrant woman falls prey to a shady businessman who forces her into prostitution which paves the way for tragedy. Gray delivers his best film with this visually striking melodrama which sheds light on the dark side of the immigrant experience. Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix star with terrific performances along a solid supporting cast which includes Jeremy Renner, Dagmara Dominczyk and Angela Sarafyan. 1001 Films' coverage of films on DVD.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Mexican actor Eugenio Derbez made his feature debut with this comedy which he wrote, directed and produced as well as stars. A playboy finds his bachelor life interrupted when he's forced to raise baby abandoned by his former flame which takes him on a journey into fatherhood with unexpected consequences. Derbez' colorful melodrama shows a different perspective of Hollywood by using a familiar formula which has its moments. 1001 Films' coverage of films on DVD.
Friday, July 18, 2014
French writer and director Patrice Chéreau delivered a powerful film with this intimate drama about family and death. Two estranged brothers are forced to come together when one of them has a terminal disease and return to their hometown which forces them to re-evaluate their lives and face the harsh reality. Based on the novel by Philippe Besson, Chéreau and co-writer Anne-Louise Trividic made an uncompromising film which deals with harsh realities of life without any false sentimentality. 1001 Films' coverage of films on DVD.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
British writer and director Jonathan Glazer returned almost a decade with his third feature with this enigmatic sci-fi thriller. Two mysterious aliens pose as humans where the female hunts for men which eventually gets her in trouble and separated from the male which has deadly consequences. Based loosely on the novel by Michel Faber, Glazer delivers a visually stunning film which is strange and hypnotic leaving much for the viewer to interpret instead of offering easy answers. Scarlett Johansson stars as the alien femme fatale who stands out among the mostly non-professional Scottish cast and scenery. Stunning Scottish locations plays a major character in the film along with top rate artists behind the camera. 1001 Films coverage of films on DVD.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
French writer and director Patrice Chéreau dealt with death, grief and friendship with this drama. Family and friends of an artist take the train to his funeral where they conflict with each other and reflect on their relationship with the deceased as well as the remaining relationships. Funerals can be messy and complicated as Chéreau and writer Danièle Thompson show in this very French film which is miles ahead of any contemporary American film with an all star cast. The stellar ensemble includes Pascal Greggory, Charles Berling, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Bruno Todeschini, Vincent Perez, Roschdy Zem, Dominique Blanc and Olivier Gourmet. 1001 Films' coverage of films on DVD.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
French writer and director Patrice Chéreau's final feature is a powerful character study. A man struggling with life has a complicated relationship with a woman which pushes him on the edge of existence. Chéreau and cowriter Anne-Louise Trividic show the messy side of life without giving into cliches or easy answers with fully developed and complex characters struggling to cope with harsh realities of life. Romain Duris stars with another terrific performance along a fine cast that includes Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jean-Hugues Anglade and Gilles Cohen. 1001 Films' coverage of films on DVD.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
British director Mike Newell bounces back to top form after more than a decade with the terrific adaptation of the classic novel by Charles Dickens. A young orphan crosses paths with three strangers, a convict, a wealthy spinster and a young girl who shape his life with great expectations. Newell and writer David Nicholls hit all the right marks to bring the beloved classic to the screen. Jeremy Irvine stars with a terrific performance with a stellar supporting cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Sally Hawkins, Robbie Coltrane, Jason Flemyng, Ewen Bremner and Holliday Grainger amongst others. 1001 Films' coverage of films on DVD.