This episode, Ollie and I are back in Kurosawa country with the multi-layered “High and Low.” We look at this seemingly innocuous kidnapping thriller and delve into what was happening in Japan that informed Kurosawa’s telling of the story. It’s quite a trip!
This week, I take a look at the unusual – and unusually neglected – film “The Fallen Idol” by the team that brought us “The Third Man” just a year later. It’s intense, frustrating and a wonderful film.
Oh boy! G-g-g-ghosts are back! Or, are they? Ollie and I talk about ghosts that may not be ghosts in 1963’s “The Haunting” by acclaimed director Robert Wise. Well, actually, we don’t talk about it much because I’m sick and Ollie is . . . Ollie. You know what I mean.
It’s rare that a movie comes along that I have absolutely no context for, but “The Leopard” from 1963 sure took me by surprise. A masterpiece by Italian director Luchino Visconti, “The Leopard” really took me and Ollie by surprise. It’s sumptuous, pensive, melancholy and very long. But not dull. Check it out!