1980s, 3/4, Horror, Review, Wes Craven

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Wes Craven found an idea that played entirely to his strengths, and it's probably his best film. It's also hindered a bit by the fact that he couldn't quite get rid of his weaknesses around character and structure. Craven was a frustrating filmmaker, is what I’m saying. He had great ideas, and he could do… Continue reading A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

1970s, 3/4, Drama, Masaki Kobayashi, Review

The Fossil

#13 in my ranking of Masaki Kobayashi’s films. Originally made for Japanese television, The Fossil feels like Kobayashi leaving behind his anger at systems and confronting mortality, as does his main character. In a surprisingly close telling of a very similar tale to Kurosawa's Ikiru, Kobayashi confronts a life of workaholism that suddenly and definitively will… Continue reading The Fossil