‘Certified Copy’: Mind-bending romance, plus scenery

Abbas Kiarostami’s Certified Copy is an elegant, enigmatic puzzle. If you sit down to watch the movie assuming it will be genteel arthouse fare, Kiarostami soon starts pulling the rug out from under you; he has something more disorienting in mind. Like Mulholland Drive, this is a movie that the viewer can never experience the same way twice.
Read more [...]

‘Rome Like Chicago’ (1968): John Cassavetes wields a mean machine gun

Rome Like Chicago is an unassuming cops-and-robbers flick from Italy circa 1968, and as such probably isn't a film to interest the average moviegoer today. But the more of a cineaste you are, the more you might appreciate it as an entertaining footnote to some notable careers. For starters, the lead bank robber is played by John Cassavetes, of all people. Read more [...]