While the City Sleeps – 1956 Lang

George Sanders, Dana Andrews, Thomas Mitchell, Vincent Price and Ida Lupino are all perfectly cast and do a great job here I really don’t care for Lang’s use of fast forward here on some chase

Julieta – 2016 Almodóvar

It’s enjoyable and certainly an archiveable film but it is minor Almodóvar The plot twists are part Hitchcock and the mise-en-scene and family melodrama part douglas sirk- as all of good Almodóvar work is One

Boys Don’t Cry – 1999 Peirce

It’s pure indie cinema goodness. A brilliant film. Difficult scenes- horrifying and sickening Known for the Oscar (deserving) from Hilary Swank but just as strong are the performances from Sevigny and Sarsgaard I really didn’t

The 70th Best Director of All-Time: Kenji Mizoguchi

Mizoguchi. Mizoguchi’s strength is that every film of his I’ve seen is in its year’s top 10 and I still have some work to do on his filmography. He’s a style-plus director with clear reoccurring

The Outlaw Josey Wales – 1976 Eastwood

Love the simple revenge story that certainly has many film counterparts including more recent updates including braveheart and gladiator. Woefully underrated in Feb 2017 at #952 on TSPDT Originally was directed by Philip Kaufman (the

The 71st Best Director of All-Time: Nicolas Roeg

Roeg. Though he’s not quite in his class, Roeg reminds me of Godard who had a great run and then fall off. He’s a supernova who burned brightly and died out quickly. Roeg worked as

The Ghost Writer – 2010 Polanski

The film is so much better, and closer to Chinatown than critics gave it credit for in 2010. Including the Chinatown comparisons are little things like the hired help at the house on the ocean

My Night at Maud’s – 1969 Rohmer

Genuinely successful exploration and medication on fate Heady stuff discussing Pascal, religion The 3rd of Rohmer’s moral tales Certainly can be pointed to as a precursor to other brilliant dialogue/conversation heavy films like malle’s my

The 72nd Best Director of All-Time: Pedro Almodóvar

Almodóvar. He’s got a giant masterpiece and a deep filmography that are all unmistakably almodovarian’. That’s pretty rare in contemporary cinema where you can have 9th or 10th  film from an auteur that even if it isn’t

The Salesman – 2016 Farhadi

Narrative brilliance from Farhadi once again with his engrossing moral dramas where awful things happen but it is never one person’s fault Beautiful opening tracking shot both technically brilliant and the metaphor for the building

The Lost Weekend – 1945 Wilder

Won best actor (milland), director (wilder) and screenplay (wilder and charles bracket) There is a gorgeous opening shot that is actually pretty similar to the famous opening of psycho as they wilder floats over the

The 73rd Best Director of All-Time: Oliver Stone

Stone. I’ve thought for years that Stone is underrated for two reasons: 1. His subjects are controversial (lars von trier is polarizing on metacritic but has managed to be adored by TSPDT) 2. He’s a

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