Kenji Mizoguchi’s ‘The Life of Oharu,’ currently streaming on FilmStruck, is an underseen but disappointing venture from the master filmmaker.
Josef von Sternberg’s ‘The Blue Angel’ made Marlene Dietrich an international superstar and features a great performance from Emil Jannings… but is only okay.
G Clark’s wrap-up for the wonderful Lone Wolf and Cub film series—one of the best, most consistently entertaining ever made.
The final film in the ‘Lone Wolf and Cub’ series, ‘White Heaven in Hell’ finds our hero facing off against his sworn enemy in an apocalyptic finale.
‘Baby Cart in the Land of Demons,’ the fifth chapter of the Lone Wolf and Cub saga, slows down the pace to allow for some great character moments.
The fourth entry in the ‘Lone Wolf and Cub’ series, ‘Baby Cart in Peril’ sees a new director shaking the style up—to varying degrees of success.
The third instalment in the Lone Wolf and Cub series, ‘Baby Cart to Hades,’ dials back the action but ramps up the suspense, making it the best entry yet.
‘Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx’ is a fantastic action picture, one of the best ever—sure to please action fans and Tarantino devotees.
‘Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance,’ the first in the series, offers a killer origin story and a parade of balletic violence.
The ‘Lone Wolf and Cub’ Movie Marathon kicks off with a review of ‘Shogun Assassin,’ a poetic, violent American remix of the first two films in the series.
G Clark embarks upon his most ambitious project yet: a series of Blind Spot essays focusing on the famous Lone Wolf and Cub series of samurai flicks.
G Clark finally sat down to watch Sam Peckinpah’s bloody western ‘The Wild Bunch.’ This may or may not have been a horrible mistake.
‘Urotsukidōji: Legend of the Overfiend’ is the only anime rated NC-17 by the MPAA; visually inventive, it may be too much for sensitive viewers.
G Clark discusses Taiwanese director Edward Yang’s masterwork ‘A Brighter Summer Day,’ now out on Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection.
G Clark examines ‘Coriolanus,’ the directorial debut of Ralph Fiennes—and discusses how great cinematic Shakespeare translations occur.
Reviews of top horror films (and major blind spots) ‘Rosemary’s Baby’, ‘The Exorcist’, ‘Carrie’, ‘The Shining’, and ‘Scream’ by a first-time viewer and scary movie abstainer.
Jean Cocteau’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ takes dazzling and disconcerting artistic values to representing inner beauty and bitter ugliness.
Marcel Carné’s ‘Children of Paradise’ shows how magical and enveloping film can be by immersing us in the rhythms and quirks of the theatre and its actors.
Stanley Kubrick’s sophomore effort, Killer’s Kiss, isn’t on par with his later work, but is still a clear indicator of the master director’s ensuing genius.
G Clark Finfrock finally sees Ingmar Bergman’s only horror film—in time for Halloween!