From Ingrid Bergman to Saved! to A Taste of Honey | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks, October 15, 2016


Stig Björkman’s refreshingly personal portrait chronicles a remarkable life; Eric Barbier takes an unusual approach with his heist picture; a diverse bunch of students at a Christian high school put their faith into practice; an often touching story of disaffected souls looking for love

Musical Marguerite, Malick’s New World, Caregiver Catharsis, Renais on the Holocaust | Fast Scans, September 15, 2016


Marguerite is no less funny for substituting tragicomedy for broad farce; Plá’s riveting drama–cum–social and political commentary should serve as a catharsis; Malick’s exquisitely shot amalgam of narrative storytelling; Night and Fog is not lacking for impact

Lean/Coward’s “Brief Encounter,” Frankenheimer’s Manchurian Candidate, an Oscar-Nominated “Bedouin Western,” & More | Fast Scans, July 1, 2016


David Lean collaborates with playwright Noel Coward to produce a heartbreaking drama; I, Anna, a seductive film noir; Oscar-nominated Angela Lansbury radiates chills in The Manchurian Candidate; an exciting disaster flick, well grounded in reality

An Oscar-Winning Parable, Film Noir, The Graduate, plus Ergüven’s Debut | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks, June 15, 2016


Gorris’s feminist-oriented tale is more visionary than overtly polemical, two intriguing-if-little-known film noir titles, the new high-def upgrade of The Graduate gets an A-plus, Ergüven’s accomplished first feature film

Bicycle Thieves, L’Inhumaine, Paulette, the Tavianis, & Ulee’s Gold | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks, May 15, 2016


The restored masterwork Bicycle Thieves is an essential holding; L’Inhumaine should pique the interest of serious film buffs; from the neorealistic to the magical, The Taviani Brothers give off a folk tale aura; a lovely, low-key Ulee’s Gold

Garenq’s “Financial Thriller,” Sollett, Meyerhoff, & Newcomers Morano, Piet | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks, April 15, 2016


A true incident that had far-reaching political fallout; Sollett’s big-screen drama rises above its made-for-TV aesthetics; Meyerhoff’s visually arresting feature debut mixes old-school Super-8 and 16mm film; Piet has crafted a sneakily suspenseful low-key thriller

From the American Friend to Salaam Bombay! | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks, March 15, 2016


Wenders’s take on a Highsmith novel; a must-have classic by Calcutta-born Satyajit Ray; a gripping tale of lust and betrayal; a seminal film about youth living on the streets of Bombay; a frank drama about a homeless man scraping by on the streets of Manhattan

Between Chris Rock and a Hard Place: Best Films Win Out | LJ Reviews


Longtime Library Journal Fast Scans columnist and all-things-film guru Jeff T. Dick highlights the major winners on this year’s Oscar night for libraries with budgets to accommodate the “big” movies

Kino Goes Classic | LJ Reviews


Remastered in high-definition, these recommended “KL Studio Classics” greatly improve on prior disc editions.

Chaplin, Ikiru, Two from Améris, plus the Quay Brothers | Fast Scans, February 15, 2016


Century-old testaments to the movie legend Chaplin; a humanist classic that belongs in most foreign-film collections; Marie’s Story and Stations of the Cross, both discretely affecting; 15 oddly surreal films