• Seven Samurai

    Seven Samurai

    ★★★★★

    Japan's most popular cinematic export is undoubtedly samurai films. Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai aims to make a samurai film anchored in ancient Japanese culture but supports flexible humanism in place of unbending traditions. Seven Samurai is one of the richest works ever to examine Japanese samurai culture. Each character manifested in an extraordinary way. Each has its own plot and its own vital part to play in the film's slow progression towards its dramatic ending. With a strong story foundation by…

  • Through the Olive Trees

    Through the Olive Trees

    ★★★★½

    Travel over the Koker Trilogy is a momentous and noteworthy adventure. One absorbing impression that crossed to mind is that Abbas Kiarostami's works is self-reflexive with slices of life as a surround. The film is mixed in a documentary of film-making and a fiction that wrapped with genuine simplicity. Kiarostami often uses himself as a stand-in, representing characters, whose motives make us question the ultimate purpose of the story. By defining the role of cinema, Abbas Kiarostami is more appropriately…

  • Woman in the Dunes

    Woman in the Dunes

    ★★★★★

    Woman in the Dunes is the result of a long barrage of abstract thinking that seems to emerge directly from the super idea of its creator. This sequence of super sensual film contains Teshigahara's camera work lingers to capture close-ups of some of the details with great amazement. These moments are simultaneously abstract, artsy and sensual, giving the impression of disturbing by taking detailed shots that instead of unleashing the character's psychological disposition. Neither the novel nor the film intends…

  • From Here to Eternity

    From Here to Eternity

    ★★★★½

    Transforming a novel narrative into a screen form is a demanding responsibility and one of its huge challenges is how to sustain its substantial and dramatic standpoint. From Here to Eternity was produced based on the novel by James Jones, looking back at the years to Hawaii before the Japanese sneak attacks. Exposure to soldier life in pre-state territory just before the outbreak of hostilities. Zinnemann tackles film drama solidly by creating a study in constructing the scene, developing the…

  • Witness for the Prosecution

    Witness for the Prosecution

    ★★★★½

    Billy Wilder's extraordinary combination with Agatha Christie provides a complex courtroom story impeccably told and the unsurpassed dialogue from start to finish. Billy Wilder's courtroom drama Witness for the Prosecution features the compelling narrative of a British lawyer, Sir Wilfred, and his defense of his client who is on trial for murder. The trial is full of drama as unexpected events and developments are revealed during the process. The directing, screenplay and acting are the top composition, and the film…

  • Brief Encounter

    Brief Encounter

    ★★★★★

    British's greatest romance Brief Encounter narrated a story of a brief relationship in a brief time. This film illustrate an impassioned affair between two married people in which they are conscious enough to know that their relationship is a big mistake but too powerless to stop themselves. Set in Great Britain in WW II, Brief Encounter in many ways is an analogy for the struggles that men and women experience, trapped by having to conform to social expectations while exploding…

  • High Noon

    High Noon

    ★★★★½

    There were the peak of an era in which many epic Westerns were released, set in a desert setting mostly captured the frontier landscapes between North and South America, likewise using hordes of cowboys in action and Indians as complements. High Noon is not much different from those attributes, Fred Zinnemann’s High Noon has the techniques like character-based drama and the tension of Westerns films in general. The director carefully and deliberately takes advantage of the atmosphere of threat and…

  • Hiroshima Mon Amour

    Hiroshima Mon Amour

    ★★★★

    French filmmaker Alain Resnais tackled the issues in this film with such intimate attention in his debut picture Hiroshima Mon Amour. A classic tale of love, war, suffering and bitter memories, which focuses on an affair between a French actress and a Japanese architect in the bomb-ravaged city of Hiroshima. As the film moves from narrated reality to a dramatic, flashback-filled drama of sensual misery, it becomes a rare film where the present and the past mingle in each frame…

  • La Strada

    La Strada

    ★★★★★

    This is truly a distressing tale. La Strada brings together two opposing souls to unfold a story that ultimately displays a better aspect of humanity. La Strada marks Federico Fellini's first fully Felliniesque film, in which his signature energy and boundless narrative are combined with his ability to capture reality and reflect its truth through his dream-like perspective. Fellini's works will continue to reflect his own reality, producing complex combinations of personal influences. Fellini retains many obsessive visual traits that…

  • Vivre Sa Vie

    Vivre Sa Vie

    ★★★★

    My Life to Live is like the most comprehensive application to cinema of the alienating effect of a stylish new epic theater, combining cinematic melodrama and intense social analysis. My Life to Live contains a short, twelve-part snippet that highlights the life of a beautiful young woman, Nana, a Parisian prostitute, at the beginning of the section contains footage of her separation from her husband. The film unfolds in 12 numbered sections, each listing what and who the audience will…

  • Breathless

    Breathless

    ★★★★

    Jean-Luc Godard's A Bout de Souffle is frequently included in the master-list of the best French films, and even abundant film’s connoisseurs count Breathless in the classify of the best films ever. Tracing this film from a historical context requires a fair amount of study not only of the French New Wave, but also the theories of film as a whole, and their life apart from the New Wave. The installation is revolutionary in nature making Breathless an important appreciation…

  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    ★★★★★

    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a story in the Joseph Conrad tradition, using western-adventure not as an end in itself but as a test of its character. Even though the first impression of this film is about the adventure of looking for treasure in a mountain in the Tampico, Mexico, nevertheless there is a particular implication in this point. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre involves a moral contradiction between a wise old man and a paranoid middle-aged…