Posts by Adam Cook

Spanish master Luis García Berlanga finally gets his dues

By Adam Cook

The director’s 1963 film The Executioner is getting a home video release courtesy of the Criterion Collection.

How Midnight Special evokes the pure emotion of Starman

By Adam Cook

Jeff Nichols’ stellar sci-fi parable draws inspiration from John Carpenter’s 1984 film.

Only Angels Have Wings gets a long overdue home release

By Adam Cook

Howard Hawks’ 1939 classic is finally available on Blu-ray courtesy of the Criterion Collection.

Adolescent innocence in A Brighter Summer Day

By Adam Cook

Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special got us thinking about Edward Yang’s early ’90s romantic comedy.

War and madness in Akira Kurosawa’s Ran

By Adam Cook

Revisit a haunting scene from the Japanese director’s 1985 epic before it returns to cinemas this month.

Why Jacques Rivette’s debut is an anti-New Wave classic

By Adam Cook

The late French master’s first film, Paris Belongs to Us, is now available courtesy of the Criterion Collection.

Fantasy and witchcraft in Rob Zombie’s The Lords of Salem

By Adam Cook

Before you see Robert Eggers’ The Witch, take a hallucinatory trip through this 2012 cult horror.

How Hail, Caesar! channels the screwy industry satire of The Errand Boy

By Adam Cook

Jerry Lewis’ classic 1961 comedy provided inspiration for the Coen brothers’ peek inside the Hollywood machine.


By Adam Cook

Two grand masters come head to head in this insightful documentary from film critic Kent Jones.


Fever dreams and amour fou in Francois Truffaut’s Mississippi Mermaid

By Adam Cook

Ahead of Hitchcock/Truffaut revisit this immersive scene from the French director’s 1969 film.

Discover this classic Japanese satire about capital punishment

By Adam Cook

Nagisa Oshima’s 1968 film Death by Hanging is now available courtesy of The Criterion Collection.

Alienation and isolation in Ben Stiller’s The Cable Guy

By Adam Cook

Revisit a classic scene from the Zoolander 2 star and director’s misunderstood mid-’90s comedy.

Bonding and bank robbing in Kathryn Bigelow’s Point Break

By Adam Cook

Before you see the remake, revisit one of the most iconic scenes from this cult early ’90s crime-thriller.

How Quentin Tarantino took inspiration from The Great Silence

By Adam Cook

If you liked The Hateful Eight you’ll love Sergio Corbucci’s 1968 film that inspired it.

Drinking and disillusionment in Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s Millennium Mambo

By Adam Cook

With The Assassin dropping into cinemas this week, Adam Cook revisits The Taiwanese director’s 2001 masterpiece.

Compassion and understanding in Silver Linings Playbook

By Adam Cook

Revisit a pivotal scene from David O Russell’s mental health drama from 2012.


By Adam Cook

An effervescent Jennifer Lawrence elevates the sly comedic tone of David O Russell’s eccentric film.

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Grief and catharsis in JJ Abrams’ Super 8

By Adam Cook

With The Force Awakens out this week, we revisit the Star Wars director’s wondrous 2011 blockbuster.

The haunting beauty of Terence Davies’ The Deep Blue Sea

By Adam Cook

Ahead Sunset Song’s release, Adam Cook revisits a scene from the director’s sublime wartime drama.

Vengeance and violence in Steven Spielberg’s Munich

By Adam Cook

In its deconstruction of the unending cycle of violence in the Middle East, the director’s political thriller remains as poignant as ever.

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