The Hands of Orlac (1924) – Robert Wiene

The next film The Movie Book from Dk Books recommends is Robert Wiene’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. This is a film I had previously reviewed so I checked out the Key Movies of his career as endorsed by this collection, and found, The Hands of Orlac. A silent film from 1924, this is an…

A Corner in Wheat (1909) – D.W. Griffith

As I continue digging further into DK Book’s The Movie Book, I move onto the work of D.W. Griffith. I had previously reviewed his epic film, Intolerance, and have moved onto his key works. Listed first is A Corner in Wheat, a short from 1909. This film is as stunningly relevant today as it was…

District 9 (2009) – Neill Blomkamp

  So the Neill Blomkamp is next up in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book (I am loving this thing) with his first feature film, District 9, that was produced by Peter Jackson. As a commentary on race, apartheid, and just how badly we as a species can exploit and hurt others, District 9 may be more…

Slumdog Millionaire (2008) – Danny Boyle

The final recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my screening of On The Waterfront is this immensely enjoyable tale. Boyle’s kinetic, energetic film style is well-served in this film, that is a dramatic, heart-on-its-sleeve film that one 8 academy awards and that year’s ceremonies, including Best Picture, Best Director,…

The Wages of Fear (1953) – Henri-Georges Clouzot

The 101 Action Movies has brought me another film I’d never heard of, and am now scratching my head over how I could ever have missed it. Clouzot has crafted a tense, nail-biter of a film, that is just as telling today as it was when it was first made. In a tiny village in…

Finding North – Lori Silverbush & Kristi Jacobson, USA

  A heartbreaking and undeniably one of the most important films of the Hot Docs film festival, Finding North explores the existence of the working poor and the fact that 49 million people go hungry in the United States. With the rise of corporate agriculture receiving the majority of government subsidies and the class divide…