‘Pan Am: Complete Series’ on AMC+ and Sundance Now

In the wake of the creative and commercial success in period pieces kicked off by Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire, TV networks attempted to make their own retro shows steeped in period fashion and social clichés. Most of them were disappointments steeped in cliché. Pan Am: The Complete Series (2011-2012), set in the early sixties, […]

Pascale Ogier and Tcheky Karyo in Eric Rohmer's 'Full Men in Paris'

‘Full Moon in Paris’ on Amazon Prime and Sundance Now

Full Moon in Paris (France, 1984), the fourth of Eric Rohmer’s six “Comedies and Proverbs,” stars Pascale Ogier as Louise, a restless designer bored with sleepy suburban life outside of Paris, lives with her lover Remy (Tcheky Karyo), a stable architect happy with a calm home life and a long-term relationship. The independent minded Louise […]

Nicole Heesters and Rainer Werner Fassbinder in Wolfgang Kremm's "Kamikaze '89"

‘Kamikaze ’89’ – Fassbinder goes cyberpunk on Amazon Prime and Sundance Now

Kamikaze ’89 (Germany, 1982) – Rainer Werner Fassbinder takes a rare onscreen lead in what would be his last screen appearance in Wolfgang Kremm’s 1982 new wave science fiction cop drama. Based on a satirical science fiction novel by Swedish crime writer Per Wahlöö, it’s a cyberpunk murder mystery in a totalitarian near future, where […]

'The Great Train Robbery' is one of the features films in Mark Cousins ' documentary 'The Story of Film: An Odyssey '

‘The Story of Film: An Odyssey’ on Hulu and Sundance Now

In The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011), Mark Cousins takes an unconventional, expansive, and almost exhaustive approach to the history of cinema. I can’t imagine that anyone who is not already captivated by cinema would even begin this immersive, ambitious 15-hour documentary series that attempts to encapsulate cinema, from birth to the present, and […]

Andrew Garfield and Sean Bean in the first chapter of the 'Red Riding Trilogy.'

‘Red Riding Trilogy’ – Hunting the Yorkshire Ripper on VOD and Blu-ray/DVD

Three directors, one screenwriter, and a sprawling cast turn a quartet of novels by David Peace into a mesmerizing trilogy of films. It’s a rich and gripping saga of brutal murders, police corruption, and victims sacrificed to power and money set against the real-life backdrop of Yorkshire and the terror of the Yorkshire Ripper. Each […]

‘Y tu Mama Tambien’ on Criterion Channel and Sundance Now

Y Tu Mamá También (Mexico, 2001), Alfonso Cuaron’s return to Mexico after his initial sojourn in Hollywood, recharged his ambitions and his creative juices. Ostensibly a coming of age drama by way of a sex comedy, it’s vivid, thoughtful, political and unapologetically raw. Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna star as best friends, a pair […]