Tři oříšky pro Popelku (Three Wishes for Cinderella)

Americans have A Christmas Story to enjoy every Holiday season- a bland and milquetoast Hallmark-quality movie if there ever was one- but for Europeans (at least Eastern Europeans) that tradition falls squarely on the shoulders of Tři oříšky pro Popelku, a 1973 Czech classic that's mostly not about Christmas, actually- but Cinderella. But this is … Continue reading Tři oříšky pro Popelku (Three Wishes for Cinderella)

New York, New York

It's been a long time since Martin Scorsese has made anything worth watching, but back in the day, he couldn't make anything you could afford to miss. Starting with Mean Streets, Scorsese was a man with a mission, churning out powerful cinema that fused artsy new wave and New York grit: Alice Doesn't Live Here … Continue reading New York, New York

Allegro Non Troppo

Debussy, Dvorak, Ravel, Sibelius, Stravinsky, and Vivaldi all get to see their masterpieces turned into bawdy, earthy satire in Allegro Non Troppo, Brono Bozzetto's very Italian sendup of Fantasia. That pretty much says it all; the great Maurizio Nichetti plays "the Animator" to a pretentious Conductor, a hack Producer and an orchestra full of Old … Continue reading Allegro Non Troppo