Archive for September, 2009

Review Archive – “Europe” – Poland

A.J. Hakari:


Chris Luedtke:

Knife in the Water

Guest Critics:


“Knife in the Water” – Chris Luedtke

Director Roman Polanski’s directorial debut Knife in the Water carved a fine name into the side of cinema. Intrigued by the acclaim and career of its filmmaker, I had been anticipating this one for awhile. After finally receiving the copy a week or so ago, I popped it in to see what all the hubbub [...]

“The Exterminating Angel” – Chris Luedtke

Forgive me for starting this review like an infomercial. Do you hate rich people? Does the idea of absurdity to the umpteenth degree sit well in your stomach? Do you like laughing at humorous vengeance? Really, do you like absurdity? If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these asinine questions, then Luis Buñuel’s The Exterminating [...]

“Tokyo Story” – Chris Luedtke

In an odd sort of comparison, one could argue that Yasujiro Ozu’s family-centric films are roughly comparable to that of the meat grinder Hollywood crap spewed onto our television sets every time a commercial break ends. The big difference between Ozu’s carefully painted water colors and the Hollywood splatter is the heart and soul that [...]

“Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages” – Chris Luedtke

When I think of the cinema’s silent era, the first thing I picture is the legendary Nosferatu in all its brilliant glory. However, films like Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages were those that could serve as reminders of just how influential F.W. Murnau’s classic is. However, as we’ve come to learn over the years, just [...]