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Make Way for Tomorrow (1937) Directed by Leo McCarey Tokyo Story (1953) Directed by Yosujro Ozu It was the Great Depression, and Leo McCarey was in mourning. He was still recovering from an illness when his father died. He then spent a year crafting Make Way for Tomorrow, a reminder to respect one's elders that didn't reach audiences at time of release. McCarey isn't subtle about his message; an early image of a sunny sky, the...
McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) Directed by Robert Altman McCabe & Mrs. Miller, like so many Westerns, begins with a stranger riding into town under an opening-credits ballad: Leonard Cohen sings “The Stranger,” his light and unconsoling voice floating above spare guitar figures like someone looking for a place to be warm and not expecting to find it, as Warren Beatty, in a bearskin coat as wide as a doorway, approaches Presbyterian Church, a mountain-west...
Pieces (1982) Directed by Juan Piquer Simón This Massachusetts Chainsaw Massacre is set on the campus of an unnamed college, where a killer’s chopping chunks off of coeds: a head here, a torso there. A really, really odd and deeply individual use of the basic gore-film template, the movie mostly ignores its psychosexual dimensions—and its woodier-than-wooden acting, and clumsy overdubbing—to move adeptly from murder to murder, each setpiece outdoing the last in inventiveness, artfulness and bloodsplatter....

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