A Touch of Zen (1971), King Hu ★★★★★
Instantly recognized the scene they showed in Mark Cousins’ documentary The Story of Film: An Odyssey, which I watched more than a year ago – dvd chapter titled A Touch of Zen, when the commander in chief firsts sees / runs into the Abbot the 3 monks.
Closely Watched Trains (1966), Jiri Menzel ★★★★★
Bare bones Criterion Collection dvd from the library – feature, chapters, trailer. You don’t need anything more. Luckily, the final [explosion is not premature. ]
The Baron of Arizona (1950), Samuel Fuller ★★★★★
An unusual role for Vincent Price, with his usual I know something you don’t facial expressions. I half expected that this was based on a true story – and I think it is.
Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014), Chuck Workman ★★★★★
Another reason to keep an open mind when viewing today’s films. Today’s stinkers could very well turn out to be tomorrow’s masterpieces.
Days of Being Wild (1990), Kar Wai Wong ★★★★★
Beautifully filmed, as expected from a Kar Wai Wong film. The final scene feels like it’s a prequel to [Chungking Express.] Maybe it is?
The House Is Black (1963), Forugh Farrokhzad ★★★
Fairly hard to watch – coming in at :22, you should be able to manage. A few more extras make it a worthwhile library checkout.
21 Grams (2003), Alejandro G. Iñárritu ★★★★
Finally finishing up his death trilogy; Amores perros (2000), 21 Grams (2003), and Babel (2006). Getting ready for The Revenant coming out next year.
The King of Comedy (1982), Martin Scorsese ★★★★★
I don’t know why I skipped over this year after year, though I shouldn’t have worried. The story is tight, plausible, and has you rooting for The King.