The One about John Ford’s “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”

“THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE” is considered one of the greatest Westerns of all time. Directed by longtime and legendary Western director John Ford, the film would bring together two of Hollywood’s top film stars James Stewart and John Wayne. “THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE” would become one of the last Western films to be shot in B&W and in Dec. 2007, the film was selected by the […]

The One about Satyajit Ray’s “The Music Room”

Poetic, visually mesmerizing and I would expect nothing less from one of the greatest auteurs of all time. Satyajit Ray. The Indian Bengali filmmaker was known for his non-traditional Indian films. Having directed 37 films in his lifetime, many which won multiple awards internationally and his contribution to cinema has earned him an Academy Honorary Award in 1991, his films are beloved by many and many have hoped to see […]

The One about Francesco Rosi’s “The Moment of Truth”

When it comes to daring films, one of the filmmakers to emerge from post-neorealist Italian cinema and literally shake the film industry was Francesco Rosi. Rosi was known to take on corruption in his films and in 1962, his film “Salvatore Giuliano” would earn him the “Silver Bear for Best Director” at the 12 Berlin International Festival and would continue to pursue controversial topics and subjects throughout his career, including […]

The One about Allan King’s “Memory for Max, Claire, Ida and Company”

I have to admit that “Memory for Max, Claire, Ida and Company” was a difficult actuality film to watch. As impressed as I am with Allan King’s “Cinéma vérité”, this one hits my family pretty hard as my grandfather is now at the final stage of Alzheimer’s Disease and is not expected to live much longer, while my mother-in-law also has Alzheimer’s. For me, I have seen many films and […]

The One about Louis Malle’s “Zazie dans le métro”

ou often hear about novels that are not possible for a film adaptation. And for author Raymond Queneau’s successful 1959 novel “Zazie dans le métro”, who can portray a novel about a young girl who knows way too much for her age and is so inquisitive, but yet her perspective of the absurdity of adult Parisians? Never to back down from a challenge, French filmmaker Louise Malle known for his […]

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 […]