Criterion Spotlight

The Third Man (1949)

Written by Graham Greene and directed masterfully by Carol Greene, The Third Man stars Joseph Cotten as Holly Martins, Alida Valli as Anna Schmidt, and Orson Welles as Harry Lime. The Third Man took the Detective Noir films of the time and turned it on its head with an amazing display of imagery and story telling that always keeps the viewer on its toes.

Seven Samurai (1954)

With a pension for delivering a stories that illuminate the human condition, Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai is lush with character development that takes its time to blossom throughout the course of the film, leading to the epic final showdown that has since inspired many other films

Le Samouraï (1967)

Director and Co-Writer Jean- Pierre Melville introduces us to the genre of the paid assassin and does so with style, class, and elegance. Le Samouraï has inspired films like John Woo’s The Killer, Jim Jarmucsh’s Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, and even spawned the classic line up scene from Bryan Singer’s The Usual Suspects.

Bottle Rocket (1996)

Bottle Rocket does not find it’s humor in the slap stick genre of comedy, but in the little nuances and irony that comes in the journey of self discovery and purpose. It’s characters are so good-natured and warm-hearted that it is easy to forget that they are actually criminals.