“The Snowman” has gotten bad reviews — really bad. Occasioned by the release of Tomas Alfredson’s icy thriller, Fandor has published a video essay looking back at movies with sub-zero temperatures that received much warmer receptions. These are the best.
Anyone who knows the significance of “Rosebud” is well aware that snow plays a small-but-vital role in Orson Welles’ classic, which is about much more than a newspaperman.
What else but fresh-fallen snow could accentuate the blood spewing out of a woodchipper in one of the Coen Brothers’ most famous scenes?
Christopher Nolan’s remake of the Erik Skjoldbjærg thriller moved the setting from Norway to Alaska, which gets plenty of the white stuff.
We don’t often think of Westerns and snow going together, but Robert Altman considered this classic an “anti-Western film” because of its inversion of the genre’s familiar trappings.
Though it begins in the city, François Truffaut’s classic ends in the snowy countryside, where a final confrontation turns tragic.
After “Session 9” and “The Machinist,” Brad Anderson focused on a China-to-Moscow train journey for his taut thriller starring Woody Harrelson, Emily Mortimer, Ben Kingsley, and Kata Mara.
Once more into the fray of action-era Liam Neeson, whose very particular set of skills apparently includes surving plane crashes and fending off wolves. What a guy!
Set in Antarctica, John Carpenter’s classic features such chilling declarations as “It wants to freeze now. It knows it’s got no way out of here. It just wants to go to sleep in the cold until the rescue team finds it.”