The One about Eric Valli’s “Himalaya”

  For anyone who has watched the epic film “Himalaya”, one can easily feel nothing but respect for filmmaker Eric Valli and the film crew for attempting something so challenging and also dangerous. Eric Valli has lived in Nepal but he was not filming in a populated area with streets, his goal was to capture the upper Dolpa people who live in the mountains, where there are no roads, no […]

The One about Ernst Lubitsch’s “Design for a Living”

Today’s selection for my cinema blog post goes to Ernst Lubitsch’s “Design for a Living”. Bold, stylish and a pre-code non-musical film by Ernst Lubitsch, “Design for Living” receives new life with the Criterion Collection’s Blu-ray release of a film which showcases radicalism but a wonderful performance by its talent Fredric March, Gary Cooper and Miriam Hopkins. It was 1932 when filmmaker Ernst Lubitch’s contract with Paramount had run out. […]

The One about John G. Avildsen’s “Rocky”

The greatest boxing film of all time!? Sure, there will be countless debates on whether “Rocky” or “Raging Bull” is the best boxing film of all time but what we do know is that “Rocky” was the most successful and it literally came from nowhere to surprise everyone, win multiple awards and become a money-earning beast in the box office! Written by Sylvester Stallone, who has had bit parts previously […]

The One about Fritz Lang’s Die Nibelungen

They were Germany’s powerhouse couple, filmmaker Fritz Lang who had a successful hit with “Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler” (1922), the famous director would marry writer Thea von Harbou, the woman he helped writing her screenplay and helped her with the production of the adaptation of her 1917 novel “Das indische Grabmal” (The Indian Tomb). The two worked together for the film “Der mude Tod” (Destiny) in 1921 but for von […]

The One about Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb”

It was a time of turmoil in the world. There was the threat of a nuclear war between the United States and Russia, how fatalistic Americans were during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the US involvement in the military conflict in Vietnam was starting to heighten and tensions were high. Director Stanley Kubrick wanted to make a thriller on a what if there was a nuclear accident. Using Peter George’s novel […]

The One about Buster Keaton’s “The General”

In 1927, the American silent film “The General”, now known as one of the greatest films ever made, was released in theaters. But the film starring silent film star Buster Keaton was not a big success in the box office, in fact it was a box office disaster and received negative critic reviews. But only until later would the film be seen as the ultimate classic film making it into […]

The One about Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai”

If there is one title in which many fans of the Criterion Collection have always considered as must-have, must-own, it would be Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 film “Seven Samurai”. The second film of The Criterion Collection, originally released back in 1999 and then re-released in 2006, the third time is indeed a charm as Kurosawa’s masterpiece will now be released on Blu-ray. And the “Seven Samurai” is a wonderful highlight in […]

The One about Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins’ “West Side Story”

“West Side Story”, a musical classic that has entertained and awed generation after generation. What began as a 1957 Broadway musical directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins and is an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”, because the storyline dealt with urban street gangs, needless to say, at first the story was not as well-accepted by viewers that year, despite winning a 1957 Tony Award for choreography. But when […]