Election – 1999 Payne


Citizen Ruth (1996) is a solid debut- but Election marks the announcement of a promising talent in American cinema in Alexander Payne. Like Citizen Ruth, About Schmidt, Nebraska and Downsizing- it is set in Payne’s

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Born to Kill – 1947 Wise


After editing Citizen Kane in 1941 this was already Robert Wise’s sixth film as director (or co-director) and the genre master had already worked in horror and a courtroom crime drama—so it was time to

Born to Kill – 1947 Wise2021-09-15T14:04:22+00:00

The Devil All the Time – 2020 Campos


The Devil All the Time is a three decade generation spanning story of evil from Antonio Campos and Donald Ray Pollack (his novel, and he provides the omniscient narration). It is an ensemble film set

The Devil All the Time – 2020 Campos2021-10-13T13:07:50+00:00

The Card Counter – 2021 Schrader


The Paul Schrader renaissance (or should I say “resurrection”) is real. With 2017’s First Reformed and now 2021’s The Card Counter, Schrader is riding a career peak in his 70s. Oscar Isaac plays William Tell.

The Card Counter – 2021 Schrader2021-10-12T13:23:25+00:00

2046 – 2004 Kar-Wai Wong


Four years after In the Mood for Love, WKW’s follow-up is the third and (so far) final film in the unofficial Love trilogy (Days of Being Wild from 1990 being the first) featuring Tony Leung

2046 – 2004 Kar-Wai Wong2021-09-13T20:03:40+00:00



best film:  The Thin Red Line from Terrence Malick The Thin Red Line fulfilled the promise of a twenty year wait since Terrence Malick’s previous feature, also a masterpiece (and the best film of its


As Tears Go By – 1988 Kar-Wai Wong


WKW’s triad Mean Streets update marks his promising debut (32 years old) . The opening frame is neon light on the left of the screen-- bouncing off a wall of televisions showing a blue sky

As Tears Go By – 1988 Kar-Wai Wong2021-10-09T12:40:08+00:00

El Dorado – 1967 Hawks


It is impossible to mention El Dorado without mentioning Hawks’ Rio Bravo (1959). Hawks and John Wayne are back—as is Leigh Brackett with the screenplay. The story has some changes: there are rival families, one

El Dorado – 1967 Hawks2021-10-08T12:20:22+00:00

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – 2005 Burton


Though Tim Burton’s adaptation of Roald Dahl does not surpass the beloved 1971 version, it is still a good marriage of source material and artist. Burton is back with Johnny Depp (one of five archiveable

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – 2005 Burton2021-10-07T13:03:29+00:00

Cool Hand Luke – 1967 Rosenberg


In the long and distinguished career of Paul Newman, Cool Hand Luke sits at the top of the heap as the great actor’s single best work. In 1967 Newman was 42-years old, at the height

Cool Hand Luke – 1967 Rosenberg2021-10-06T12:35:20+00:00

The Music Man – 1962 DaCosta


Meredith Willson is the author of 1962’s The Music Man. The film is based on Willson’s popular play in the late 1950s (which also starred Robert Preston). The casting of Preston (who had been around

The Music Man – 1962 DaCosta2021-10-05T12:36:34+00:00

Crazy Heart – 2009 Scott Cooper


The two main reasons to seek out and study Crazy Heart are its lead actor, Jeff Bridges, and music composer (and producer) T Bone Burnett. Both men are in the sphere of the Coen Brothers

Crazy Heart – 2009 Scott Cooper2021-10-04T23:15:30+00:00
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