‘Fantastic Planet’ – the animated cult classic on HBO Max and Criterion Channel

More fantasy than science fiction, the strange, metaphorical portrait from filmmaker Rene Laloux plays out in a world as psychedelic as ‘Yellow Submarine’ but far more predatory.

‘The Executioner’ – a satire of Spain under Franco on Criterion Channel

The Executioner (Spain, 1963), Luis García Berlanga’s black comedy about an apprentice undertaker who marries the daughter of a veteran prison executioner and reluctantly takes his father-in-law’s job so they do not lose their government apartment, is a social satire with a sly sense of humor. Nino Manfredi plays the undertaker, a frustrated young man […]