Lou Castel stars in Carlo Lizzano 's cult spaghetti western

‘Requiescant’ – The spaghetti revolution on Amazon Prime

Requiescant (Italy, 1967) is a revolutionary allegory in a spaghetti western, a genre that proved to be fertile ground for socio-political commentary such filmmakers as Sergio Solima (Face to Face, 1967) and Damiano Damiani (A Bullet for the General, 1966). In a 2010 interview, filmmaker Carlo Lizzani remarked that the Italian government used the leverage […]

Juliette Binoche and William Shimell star in Abbas Kiarostami's first European production

‘Certified Copy’ on Criterion Channel and Sundance Now

The Certified Copy (2010) of Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami’s first European production refers to artworks—Why do we value a reproduction less than an original and what does authenticity even mean?—but resonates just as effectively with the art of filmmaking and its relationship to reproduction and recreation. “It’s our perception that gives it value,” to quote […]

Craig Stevens is 'Peter Gunn' in the detective series from Blake Edwards.

‘Peter Gunn’ – Blake Edwards’s suave detective on Amazon Prime

Peter Gunn (1958-1961), the stylish late-fifties private eye series created by Blake Edwards, stars Craig Stevens as TV’s most debonair private-eye, a sardonic small screen Cary Grant with high society tastes and underworld connections. Edwards is far more famous for his comedies than his crime stories but the man had a real flair for noir, from […]

Matt Damon is 'The Martian' in the science fiction drama directed by Ridley Scott

‘The Martian’ on Blu-ray and DVD

The Martian (2015), winner of two Golden Globe Awards and nominated for seven Academy Awards (including Best Picture and Best Actor for Matt Damon), is the rare science fiction drama that is actually built on applied physics and engineering and organic chemistry and where survival depends on creative problem solving and teamwork across millions of miles. […]

Roger Allum and (Shaun Evans on "Endeavour: Season 3"

‘Endeavour: Season 3’ – Young Morse on Amazon Prime

The prequel series to Inspector Morse, about the early years of DC Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans) in Oxford, is a darker show than either the long-running Morse, one of the most popular British detective shows ever made, or the contemporary sequel Inspector Lewis. Endeavour: Season 3 (2016) begins with Morse out of prison (after being […]

Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, and Bill Murray star, Harold Ramis directs

Quick Pick: ‘Caddyshack’ – Slobs vs. snobs on Netflix

Caddyshack (1980), the definitive slobs versus snobs comedy, is ostensibly the story of a working-class golf caddy (Michael O’Keefe) at an exclusive country club trying to land a scholarship and plan his future, but his coming-of-age story becomes just another thread in the comic chaos. Chevy Chase, fresh off Saturday Night Live, takes top billing […]