They Live By Night – 1948 Nicholas Ray

It is a key film in the history of film noir Also well-known and often cited as one of the best film debuts of all-time Begins Ray’s exploration and medication on youth (specifically troubled youth)

Repo Man – 1984 Cox

Certainly well known in circles as cult classic. Cox is/was a huge fan of spaghetti westerns and there’s a lot of the western touch here. Many of the car chases feel very much like western

Gojira – 1954 Honda

It’s a fantastic film. The reputation of the film suffers for two reasons. For one, there have been countless regrettable sequels. Secondly, the film rights were bought in the US and the film added a

La Chienne – 1931 Renoir

Renoir’s first sound film There is some really nice work with some of what would come to be known as the Renoir trademarks- he does a great job doing a shot, tracking the action, reframing,

Stalker – 1979 Tarkovsky

  I’ll start here- it’s simply one of the greatest films in the history of cinema Whether you call it a sci-fi film, a religious film, parable, allegorical, philosophical, it doesn’t really matter—it’s controlling, potent--

The Mirror – 1975 Tarkovsky

Extremely personal “auteur” cinema but at the same time very political Features, like many of his other films, much of his fathers’ poetry There are some gorgeous shots features rain or water dripping- a reoccurring

Eastern Promises – 2007 Cronenberg

It features an absolutely superb international cast: Mortensen is from the US, Watts from the UK, Mueller-Stahl from Germany, Cassel from France—all of them equally superb here and Viggo is the lead of course and

The Godfather – 1972 Francis Ford Coppola

  It’s certainly not hard to find more and more to say about the godfather even after 5-10 visits and times revisiting The opening long take is an absolute stunner and certainly not something I

Beauty and the Beast – 1991 Trousdale and K. Wise

  The stained glass window opening prologue is absolutely stunning Many simulated tracking shots in an out of scenes is definitely worthy of praise It’s before the advent of metacritic but still- the retroactive 95

Shivers – 1975 Cronenberg

  I’m not sure it’s technically his debut- he made two earlier works but they are borderline home movies/shorts so this is generally considered to be his debut The Romero influence is heavy- but again

Solaris – 1972 Tarkovsky

Many of the critics point this out but you really do have to get acclimated and adjusted to the pace of the film- once you do it’s very absorbing Explores, very intelligently, the mysteries of

The Damned – 1947 Clement

This is a ruthless ugly film showing the horrors of the Nazi’s pretty honestly, especially for a 1947 film It’s both a prison film, a war film, and a submarine film and borrows from all

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