Author: Jake Euker

Grey Gardens (1976)

Grey Gardens (1976)

The title refers to the 28-room East Hampton mansion occupied by Mrs. Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edie Beale (known familiarly as Big and Little Edie), aunt and first cousin to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis....

Movie Review posted on 16th April 2009

The Naked City

The Naked City

How many stories are there in the naked city? Eight million; everyone knows that figure -- Kurtis Blow even cut a rap single on the premise -- and the sole reason that this tidbit of...

Movie Review posted on 9th March 2007

Lola (1961)

Lola (1961)

In an time when gunmen walk on ceilings, when men morph into monsters before our eyes, when future governors of California are shorn of their human skin to expose the glistening steel and circuitry underneath,...

Movie Review posted on 5th February 2007

The Silent Star

The Silent Star

Between the end of World War II in 1945 and the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1990, the German Democratic Republic (East Germany, in Western shorthand) was among those Soviet satellite states whose films...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel

"People come and people go, and nothing ever happens at the Grand Hotel." Thus observes Dr. Otternschlag (Lewis Stone) of the Berlin hotel that serves as the setting for the Oscar-winning 1932 film. The film,...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

From the moment his 16-minute Surrealist dirty bomb Un Chien andalou was dropped on an unsuspecting Paris in 1929 until the time of his death in Mexico in 1983, director Luis Buñuel patiently and gleefully...

Movie Review posted on 4th January 2007

Early Summer

Early Summer

Yasujiro Ozu was still largely unknown to Western audiences when his delicate family drama Early Summer was released in 1951. Since that time, new prints of the film have no doubt been made; still, I...

Movie Review posted on 4th January 2007

Grey Gardens

Grey Gardens

The title refers to the 28-room East Hampton mansion occupied by Mrs. Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edie Beale (known familiarly as Big and Little Edie), aunt and first cousin to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis....

Movie Review posted on 4th January 2007

Tokyo Story

Tokyo Story

The works of director Yasujiro Ozu, who worked for many decades before his death in 1963, embody a certain classical approach to filmmaking in Japan. His films are slow-moving, meditative, and austerely stylized, and they...

Movie Review posted on 4th January 2007

Play Time

Play Time

Studios have largely given the practice up, but there was a time when blockbusters were advertised with such slogans as "Ten Years in the Making!" Following was the cost of the film, a figure falling...

Movie Review posted on 23rd November 2006

Hands Over the City

Hands Over the City

Anyone who's seen In the Heat of the Night knows all about Rod Steiger's way with inflections. Playing a small-town sheriff and foil to Sidney Poitier's polished, Philadelphia outsider, Steiger wrings meaning from his lines...

Movie Review posted on 23rd November 2006

Harlan County, U.S.A.

Harlan County, U.S.A.

Winner of the 1976 Best Feature Documentary Oscar and an inductee into the Library of Congress's National Film Registry, Barbara Kopple's extraordinary Harlan County, U.S.A. is more than a moving and purposeful documentary: it's an...

Movie Review posted on 23rd November 2006

Hands Over the City

Hands Over the City

Anyone who's seen In the Heat of the Night knows all about Rod Steiger's way with inflections. Playing a small-town sheriff and foil to Sidney Poitier's polished, Philadelphia outsider, Steiger wrings meaning from his lines...

Movie Review posted on 8th November 2006

Harlan County, U.S.A.

Harlan County, U.S.A.

Winner of the 1976 Best Feature Documentary Oscar and an inductee into the Library of Congress's National Film Registry, Barbara Kopple's extraordinary Harlan County, U.S.A. is more than a moving and purposeful documentary: it's an...

Movie Review posted on 15th October 2006

The Golden Coach

The Golden Coach

Jean Renoir's 1953 The Golden Coach begins with the simultaneous arrival, at a remote, 18th-century Spanish outpost in Peru, of a coach made of solid gold - intended for use by the viceroy (Duncan Lamont)...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Rules of the Game

The Rules of the Game

Looking at it today, it's hard to comprehend how outraged audiences were in 1939 viewing Jean Renoir's The Rules of the Game. The film centers on a house party attended by the cream of society;...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Devil and Daniel Webster

The Devil and Daniel Webster

It's the 1840s, and times are tough for New Hampshire farmer Jabez Stone, just as they are for other New Englanders. He's a hard-working, God-fearing man, but he's prone to cursing ("consarn it" is his...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Grey Gardens

Grey Gardens

The title refers to the 28-room East Hampton mansion occupied by Mrs. Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edie Beale (known familiarly as Big and Little Edie), aunt and first cousin to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Wild at Heart

Wild at Heart

Was there any film so anxiously awaited in the late 1980s and early 1990s as Wild at Heart? The picture was released to a cult that had just been born: that of its director, David...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Zero Focus

Zero Focus

The year is 1961, and in a wintry Tokyo train station, a young newlywed named Teiko bids farewell to her handsome new husband, Kenichi. Kenichi is concluding some business in the northern city of Kanazawa,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Demon

The Demon

One of the great things about writing about movies is the ongoing realization that, no matter how deep you delve, there always remain revelations to be made. There are a number of heroic distributors who...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Leopard

The Leopard

1963's The Leopard, directed by the Italian Count Luchino Visconti and based on the best-selling novel by countryman Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, tells the story of an Old World aristocrat - the Sicilian Fabrizio Corbera,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Port of Shadows

Port of Shadows

The opening scene of the 1938 French crime classic Port of Shadows takes place at night on a gorgeously fog-bound stretch of highway 12 miles outside the port city of Le Havre. A truck speeds...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

My Own Private Idaho

My Own Private Idaho

Mike Waters (River Phoenix) is a narcoleptic street hustler who lives in the bus terminal, streets, and abandoned buildings of Portland, Oregon, and who dreams of one day finding his mother. Fellow hustler Scott Favor...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Phantom of Liberty

The Phantom of Liberty

In 1972, when he was in his 80s, director Luis Buñuel released what is very likely his masterpiece, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie. The film is a marvel for a lot of reasons, but...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Shame

Shame

Most of us in America never felt the recent war in Iraq in a tangible, day-to-day way. There are those of us who lost loved ones, of course, but what I refer to here is...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Crazed Fruit

Crazed Fruit

The accepted stereotype is that the Japanese are an orderly people who wait for the light to change before crossing intersections on foot and who can be trusted to purchase their train tickets on the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Stray Dog

Stray Dog

The tone of Akira Kurosawa's blistering 1949 film noir Stray Dog is set in its opening shot: Over Fumio Hayasaka's sake-drunk, Elmer Bernstein-derived score, a dog pants, tongue lolling to the side in tight close-up,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Different From The Others

Different From The Others

In the dialogue of the German film Different from the Others we find this line: "Love for one's own sex can be just as pure and noble as that for the opposite sex. This orientation...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Winter Light

Winter Light

Winter Light, the second film in Ingmar Bergman's early-1960s trilogy on the theme of faith in contemporary society, opens in a cold, stone church in a provincial town north of Stockholm. It's uninviting. A service...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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