Windows (1980)

“Why don’t you ever smile?” a character asks Talia Shire toward the end of the psychological thriller “Windows.” Hmm, let me think. Her marriage has just ended, she is sexually assaulted in the second scene of the movie, she can’t… Read More ›

The Ballad of Orin (1977)

“The Ballad of Orin” is a very pretty, very tranquil, very boring film. Because the setting is Japan, there’s automatic, built-in prettiness on account of the lush, gorgeous cherry blossoms everywhere you look, and cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa, who also shot… Read More ›

Penitentiary (1979)

The boxing in “Penitentiary” is awkward, sloppy and raw, which is fitting because so is the filmmaking. Set in the brutal, rough-and-tumble milieu of a prison where almost everyone beats on everyone else, “Penitentiary” has all the elements of a… Read More ›

Passion Fever (1969)

If you happen upon “Passion Fever” and can’t quite put your finger on why it seems so off, there is actually a logical explanation for that. Ostensibly, it’s about Yorgos, a Greek pretty boy who declares early on that “the… Read More ›