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Breaking the Waves (1996)

I'm not an expert on Lars von Trier's Breaking the Waves. That honor belongs to my friend, and a great ex-film critic, Rob Blackwelder, who saw the film some dozen times and considers it to be the greatest film he's ever seen. (You can read Rob's original review here.) I've only seen it once, and I don't think I ever need to see it again, but I would concur that it is indeed an outstanding film. It's one of von Trier's best and purest expressions of his disturbed psyche. It's cruel, but also humane; it's depressing, but also spiritually uplifting. read more...
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    • Love Story ▶ Yes please
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Breaking the Waves (1996)

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  • With: Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgård, Katrin Cartlidge, Jean-Marc Barr, Udo Kier
  • Written by: Lars von Trier, Peter Asmussen
  • Directed by: Lars Von Trier
  • MPAA Rating: R for strong graphic sexuality, nudity, language and some violence
  • Running Time: 159 minutes
  • Release Date: 05/17/1996
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Head-On (2005)

In Fatih Akin's earlier film In July, the German-born director took an old-fashioned road movie romance (a variation on It Happened One Night) and gave it a craggy, sun-baked sweetness. From the first 40 minutes of his new film, Head-On, it looks like he's going to do the same -- until he blindsides you with something new. It's a strange effect; he gets us to relax and look forward to something comfortable and routine, but then snatches it away and delivers something darker. Probably the first reaction is to resist, but that would be amistake. Head-On is one powerful film. read more...
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Head-On (2005)

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  • With: Sibel Kekilli, Birol Ünel
  • Written by: Fatih Akin
  • Directed by: Fatih Akin
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Language: German and Turkish with English subtitles
  • Running Time: 118 minutes
  • Release Date: 02/11/2004
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Story of a Love Affair (1950)

In 1950, Michelangelo Antonoini had just finished with a series of short documentaries, and his surprising feature debut Story of a Love Affair (a.k.a. Cronaca di un amore) showed his style almost fully-formed. In a way, it prefigures Antonioni's masterpiece L'Avventura (1960), but it also owes a debt to films noir and crime films like Visconti's Ossessione (1943). read more...
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    • Love Story ▶ Yes please
    • Romantic Love ▶ Doomed
    • Overall Depth ▶ Deep or penetrating
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Story of a Love Affair (1950)

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  • With: Lucia Bosé, Massimo Girotti, Ferdinando Sarmi, Gino Rossi, Marika Rowsky, Rosi Mirafiore, Rubi D'Alma, Vittoria Mondello
  • Written by: Michelangelo Antonioni, Daniele D'Anza, Silvio Giovannetti, Francesco Maselli, Piero Tellini
  • Directed by: Michelangelo Antonioni
  • MPAA Rating: Not Rated
  • Language: Italian, with English subtitles
  • Running Time: 98 minutes
  • Release Date: 10/10/1950
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Prick Up Your Ears (1987)

Stephen Frears' Prick Up Your Ears is still one of the better examples of a filmed biopic, focusing on one dramatic aspect of a famous person's life, rather than a cradle-to-grave compressing of an entire existence. Rebellious, swaggering playwright Joe Orton (Gary Oldman) shocked audiences with his plays during his brief 34 years, but this movie focuses mainly on his long-term relationship with Kenneth Halliwell (Alfred Molina), who was seemingly his polar opposite, fastidious and dissatisfied. (Both performances are excellent.) Orton did what he wanted, and took lovers on the side, but he and Kenneth lived together, fought, and were seemingly inseparable. Screenwriter Alan Bennett and director Frears don't shy away from the domestic details (rare and courageous, I might add, for 1987), and they create a vivid, prickly, and sometimes funny relationship. Wallace Shawn plays a present day writer who is researching Orton after his death, and Vanessa Redgrave plays Orton's agent. On their TV show, Siskel and Ebert both chose this as one of the year's ten best films. Olive Films released it on Blu-ray in 2015. read more...
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    • Love Story ▶ Yes please
    • Optimistic ▶ No thanks
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Prick Up Your Ears (1987)

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  • With: Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina, Vanessa Redgrave, Wallace Shawn, Lindsay Duncan, Julie Walters, James Grant, Frances Barber, Janet Dale, Dave Atkins, Margaret Tyzack
  • Written by: Alan Bennett, based on a book by John Lahr
  • Directed by: Stephen Frears
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Running Time: 105 minutes
  • Release Date: 05/07/1987
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The Woman on the Beach (1947)

This was the fifth and final film Jean Renoir made in English during his Hollywood sojourn, after Swamp Water (1941), This Land Is Mine (1943), The Southerner (1945), and Diary of a Chambermaid (1946); unfortunately, it was also the film that hastened his departure. According to some reports, Renoir screened a cut for an audience in Santa Barbara, which snickered all the way through. He then frantically and recklessly re-shot and re-edited, and wound up with the 71-minute cut that exists today (the excised footage is apparently no longer around). read more...
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The Woman on the Beach (1947)

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  • With: Joan Bennett, Robert Ryan, Charles Bickford, Nan Leslie, Walter Sande, Irene Ryan, Glen Vernon, Frank Darien, Jay Norris
  • Written by: Jean Renoir, Frank Davis, J.R. Michael Hogan, based on a novel by Mitchell Wilson
  • Directed by: Jean Renoir
  • MPAA Rating: Not Rated
  • Running Time: 71 minutes
  • Release Date: 06/01/1947
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