The Ninth Gate (1999)

Director: Roman Polanski Starring: Johnny Depp, Frank Langella, Lena Olin, Emmanuelle Seigner Genre: Mystery, Thriller   “They form a kind of satanic riddle. Correctly interpreted with the aid of the original text and sufficient inside information, they are reputed to conjure up the Prince of Darkness in person.”   With a very mysterious and interesting story, The Ninth Gate could have been one of the best movies on this topic (devil, old rare books, and Read more…

Turbulence (1997)

Director: Robert Butler Starring: Ray Liotta, Lauren Holly, Brendan Gleeson Genre: Action, Thriller   “That’s it. I’m never flying this airline again”   I watched this movie a couple of nights ago. I wanted an action film without a tricky story. When I saw the action was during the Christmas holiday, I thought about Die Hard (1989), but I was so wrong. Honestly, I don’t understand why this film exists. Ok, maybe for that time Read more…

Bicycle Thieves (1948)

Director: Vittorio De Sica Starring: Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell, Elena Altieri, Gino Saltamerenda Genre: Drama   “To eat like them, you’d have to earn a million lira a month.”   Considered by many, one of the best movies of all time, Bicycle Thieves (“Ladri di biciclette”), is an astonishing film due to the actors and its simple but thoughtful action. It gave me a lot of feelings, which made me wonder if destiny Read more…

And Then There Were None (1945)

Director: René Clair Starring: Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, Louis Hayward, Roland Young, June Duprez, Mischa Auer, C. Aubrey Smith, Judith Anderson, Richard Haydn, Queenie Leonard Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery   “Best of an island is once you get there – you can’t go any farther…you’ve come to the end of things…”   René Clair’s film is probably one of the best book-to-film adaptations; that is something quite extraordinary, especially for that time. I wanted to Read more…

Knives Out (2019)

Director: Rian Johnson Starring: Daniel Craig, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, Toni Collette, Christopher Plummer Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery   “The complexity and the gray lie not in the truth, but what you do with the truth one you have it.”   Similar to an Agatha Christie’s novel, Knives Out, puts you in the middle of the action as a detective, who’s trying to solve the crime of a very Read more…

F is for Family – Season 1 (2015)

Creator: Bill Burr Director: Benjamin Marsaud, Laurent Nicolas, Dan Sumich Starring: Bill Burr, Laura Dern, Justin Long, Debi Derryberry, Haley Reinhart, Sam Rockwell Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama   Back to the 1970s when life was different. I like this TV show so much because it presents a family story set in that glorious period, when “dads were kings” when children had no phone, no internet, they just played outside with their friends. It reminded me Read more…

Dark – Season 2 (2019)

Creator: Baran bo Odar, Jantje Friese Director: Baran bo Odar Starring: Louis Hofmann, Lisa Vicari, Karoline Eichhorn, Jördis Triebel, Maja Schöne, Oliver Masucci, Deborah Kaufmann, Stephan Kampwirth, Andreas Pietschmann, Moritz Jahn, Paul Lux, Gina Stiebitz, Mark Waschke Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery   “The end is the beginning, and the beginning is the end” (Der Anfang ist das Ende und das Ende ist der Anfang)   Today appeared the 3rd season of Dark. I didn’t watch Read more…

Dark – Season 1 (2017)

Creator: Baran bo Odar, Jantje Friese Director: Baran bo Odar Starring: Louis Hofmann, Lisa Vicari, Karoline Eichhorn, Jördis Triebel, Maja Schöne, Oliver Masucci, Deborah Kaufmann, Stephan Kampwirth, Andreas Pietschmann, Moritz Jahn, Paul Lux, Gina Stiebitz, Mark Waschke Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery   “The end is the beginning, and the beginning is the end” (Der Anfang ist das Ende und das Ende ist der Anfang)   Tomorrow will appear the 3rd season of Dark, one of Read more…

1st Academy Awards – The Beginning of the Most Famous Cinema Awards

“I found that the best way to handle filmmakers was to hang medals all over them… If I got them cups and awards, they’d kill them to produce what I wanted. That’s why the Academy Award was created.” – Louis B. Mayer   It all began in 1927, when Louis B. Mayer, the co-founder of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM), established the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). He wanted to unite all 5 branches Read more…

A Short Introduction

First of all, I’m glad you want to know more about this beautiful art, about its beginnings. As you, probably, already know, I’ll publish every 2 months an article, which will cover American, French, German, Italian, and Romanian cinema. In this first one, I’ll try to write a short introduction to the cinema in general. I’ll try to make these articles as interesting as I can, because I think you must know your past, to Read more…