Ran

Akira Kurosawa was a prolific director, creating 31 films over a half century. Whether working on an intimate scale (Ikiru, 1952) or in epic mode (The Seven Samurai, 1954), he was profound in his observations, skilled at storytelling, and  ...

Rififi (Du Rififi Chez les Hommes)

“I liked you, Macaroni,” the gangster tells a comrade who’s made a fatal slip-up in Rififi, “but you know the rules.” Indeed, every moviegoer in the world understands the rules in Jules Dassin’s 1955 crime classic. But Rififi (the  ...

La Separation

Early in La Separation, our hero and heroine are at the movies together. There is a long tradition of movie directors making reference to other films and, when they do, students, attention should be paid. In  ...

Steam

Hamam is an engaging film, telling a solid story and developing interesting characters. This is a film that, as my viewing companion offered in praise, doesn't announce its themes with fanfare, but, rather, leaves it to the viewer  ...

The Third Man

CD: The Third Man Theme and Other Viennese Favorites The Third Man is a wonderful example of the good that can come from talented people working together in real collaboration. Director Carol Reed,  ...

Tokyo Story

Yasujiro Ozu (1903-1963) was a highly respected Japanese director who made some 54 films, films that were popular in Japan, but have been under-appreciated in the west. Ozu's subject matter was almost exclusively middle-class Japanese family life. The exposition  ...

Trans

California Poppy 25X Resin Extract California Poppy has the reputation of being a non-addictive alternative to the opium poppy, though it is less powerful. California poppy is a traditional mild, relaxing smoke – but not that mild –  ...

Tumbleweeds

Elegant Handcrafted and Individually Dyed Mesh Silk Poncho The main titles of Tumbleweeds run without visual background. Behind the titles, the sound track picks up an argument which grows gradually in volume as anger and  ...

Under California: The Limit of Time

Suggested reading: Almost an Island: Travels in Baja California (1998), Bruce Berger Into a Desert Place: A 3000 Mile Walk Around the Coast of Baja California (1995), Graham Mackintosh The Forgotten Peninsula: A Naturalist in Baja California  ...

Wages of Fear

The Wages of Fear is a certified classic with one of the most famous plots in film history. Four men undertake a suicide mission to earn $2,000 apiece by driving two trucks loaded with dangerously unstable nitroglycerine 300 miles  ...