The Birds1963. USA. Dir: Alfred Hitchcock. With Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor. 119 min.
Sans Soleil1983. France. Dir: Chris Marker. With Arielle Dombasle. Documentary, 100 min.
This experimental-documentary-travelogue from the director of LA JETEE puts the trip in trippy, taking the form of a fictional series of letters from a wandering cameraman to show us how memories and cultural perceptions can be constructed before our very eyes.
Oldboy2003. South Korea. Dir: Chan-wook Park. With Min-sik Choi. 120 min.
Was TAKEN not unsettling enough for you? This visceral revenge flick offers a perverse modern spin on THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, as a man inexplicably imprisoned for 15 years is released to hunt down his captor...who still has plans for him. Come get the answer to the age-old debate: who wins a fight between a dude with a hammer and a hallway full of goons?
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie1969. UK. Dir: Ronald Neame. With Maggie Smith, Robert Stephens. 116 min.
A teacher in 1930’s Scotland rejects the usual curriculum in favor of lessons about the finer things, with the occasional discourse on pure romance. Dame Maggie’s Oscar-winning embodiment of a delusional romantic demonstrates the power of this pre-McGonagall professional in, well, her prime.