Tagged: Black & White Films

Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha (2012)

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Frances Haliday (Greta Gerwig) is a peppy 27-year-old dancer living in New York City with her best friend Sophie (Mickey Sumner). When her boyfriend Dan (Michael Esper) asks her to move in with him, she realizes that their relationship isn’t really working out. Later she finds out that Sophie is moving out of their apartment. With not enough money to live on her own in the City, she moves in with two male friends. Meanwhile her relationship with Sophie seems to be falling apart, one of her new roommates labels her as “undatable” and on top of that her job as a ballet teacher is on the line. Frances doesn’t really know what to do with her life. She goes back to her hometown to visit her parents. All around her people seem to be doing just fine, but even if things aren’t really working out for her at the moment, she keeps smiling and stays positive.  Continue reading

Adam Rehmeier’s The Bunny Game (2010)

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A young prostitute (Rodleen Getsic) is having a hard time making a living, blowing half of her hard-earned cash on drugs and getting robbed of the other half by her clients. Most days she’s wandering around towns giving occasional blow-jobs and snorting illegal substances up her pretty nose. One day she’s so fucked up, she ends up raped by her client, who then tears through her backpack and steals all her money. With no pimp to protect her and nothing to eat she is forced to hop on the first truck she sees. The guy (Jeff F. Renfro) seems all right. They share some coke. He starts getting weird. He touches her inappropriately. She tells him to stop. He doesn’t. She passes out. He locks her up in the back of his truck. She wakes up. He is torturing her. There is no escape. They’re in the desert, nobody can hear her scream. He shaves her head, films her, chains her, puts a mask on her, leaves her naked on the floor: The bunny game begins.  Continue reading

Top Ten Post-1960s Black & White Films

Here’s a chronological list of my favorite and most gorgeous looking Black & White films produced since the 1970s. These are all films made after the Black & White era. They’re nostalgia fueled pictures, romantic and of course incredibly beautiful.

The Last Picture Show (1971)
10. The Last Picture Show (1971, Peter Bogdanovich)

Eraserhead (1977)
9. Eraserhead (1977, David Lynch)

Manhattan (1979)
8. Manhattan (1979, Woody Allen)

Raging Bull (1980)
7. Raging Bull (1980, Martin Scorsese)

Rumble Fish (1983)
6. Rumble Fish (1983, Francis Ford Coppola)

Down by Law (1986)
5. Down By Law (1986, Jim Jarmusch)

Wings of Desire (1987)
4. Der Himmel über Berlin (1987, Wim Wenders)

Schindlers List (1993)
3. Schindler’s List (1993, Steven Spielberg)

Pi (1998)
2. Pi (1998, Darren Aronofsky)

The White Ribbon (2009)
1. Das Weisse Band (2009, Michael Haneke)