Out now on Blu-Ray and streaming: 1974's The Night Porter is the story of the twisted sadomasochistic bond between a Nazi officer and the concentration-camp inmate he forces to become his mistress. This is a movie that turns the Holocaust into chic schlock. It had lapsed into well-deserved obscurity in recent decades; was there really anyone clamoring for it to come out on Blu-Ray? Read more [...]
Playing this week in L.A.: Werner Herzog's hypnotically eerie Nosferatu the Vampyre brings a distinctly Germanic atmosphere to a classic tale of Gothic horror. No one should settle for seeing the movie in English; Herzog shot a version in German as well — and that's the definitive, and no doubt spookier version.
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Hand-picked by Martin Scorsese, this series of Polish movies is an impeccable lineup, and its arrival in L.A. couldn't be better timed. A curious moviegoer won't go wrong with any of these medieval epics and politically charged thrillers — and you might be surprised to find a certified stoner classic in here as well. Read more [...]
Zombies once ranked far behind Dracula and the Wolfman as horror icons. How times change; today you can't get away from zombies — they've even begun to invade my mailbox. Read more [...]
I imagine there are plenty of cineastes outside New York City who find themselves scrolling through the listings for Lincoln Center's Godard series longingly, wishing they could be there. This is a singular opportunity to immerse oneself in Godard's oeuvre — even, for those who dare, his late-'60s, make-your-head-hurt agitprop. Read more [...]