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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Fedora – 1978 Wilder


  Certainly feels like an update on sunset boulevard with the William holden and aging/old actress Hollywood royalty story line and plot Fantastic narrative twist that will be interesting to evaluate on a second viewing

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Drugstore Cowboy – 1989 Van Sant


Features early work from go-to DP for Wes Anderson- Robert Yeoman Certainly an updated take on bonnie and clyde (complete with impotency references)- really nice touch Great jazz score Van Sant’s content/narrative auteur mark and

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American Honey – 2016 Arnold


Easily the best film to date from Arnold Part gorgeous travelogue and part tender love story wonderful use of music while riding- modern day easy rider in many ways - non professoinal actors used throughhout including

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Bound For Glory – 1976 Ashby


Most notable for the first use of Steadicam- and it is an incredible shot tracking from behind through a massive crowd- great shot Almost feels like a remake of grapes of wrath The yellow glaze

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The Major and the Minor – 1942 Wilder


Wilder’s debut the major and the minor isn’t one of the best 10 films of 1942 but it’s worth recommending and I have it in the archives. I hate to get too cute with the

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French Connection II – 1975 Frankenheimer


I’ve seen the French connection (1971) from Friedkin many times but this was my first foray into john frankeheimer’s  French connection II (1975). I’ve never heard anyone talk about it or tell me I should

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The French Connection – 1971 Friedkin


The French Connection is a clear masterpiece from Friedkin in 1971. It won best picture, director, actor (hackman), writing and editing but is still, somehow, underrated at #571 all-time on TSPDT. It’s 300 slots better

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