Sully – 2016 Eastwood


Many of the critics’ make note of it as well but Hanks is superb here and should’ve been nominated for his under-acting With Hanks this makes a nice comparison with captain phillips- which I adored-

Sully – 2016 Eastwood2017-03-22T19:34:11+00:00

Amarcord – 1973 Fellini


It picks up with where he started with satyricon (1969( and roma (1972)- it’s a sprawling exercise in excess, vulgarity and has even less narrative focus- it’s really a series of characters and vignettes more

Amarcord – 1973 Fellini2020-07-03T10:31:44+00:00

Rabid – 1977 Cronenberg


Cronenberg’s 2nd film The editing is pretty rough draft and sloppy joe in spots- but Cronenberg’s ideas- specifically his obsession with body horror is in full bloom here piggybacking on the horror genre and the

Rabid – 1977 Cronenberg2020-07-03T10:31:44+00:00

The Pianist – 2002 Polanski


  Through editing Polanski has a true gift for creating paranoia. You can see it in rosemary’s baby, Chinatown, and ghost writer. It’s palpable as he slowly brings the pianist to a boil – there’s

The Pianist – 2002 Polanski2017-03-21T16:37:15+00:00

Toni Erdmann – 2016 Ade


It’s visually unspecial (time out London calls it “visually plain”) and adores it as most critics do It’s really a sprawling character and relationship study comedy/drama built on the strength of the acting- which is

Toni Erdmann – 2016 Ade2017-03-20T20:35:57+00:00

Scarlet Street – 1945 Lang


Enourmously overlooked film and I can’t tell why- it’s a remake of Renoir’s La Chienne (he notoriously hated the film) and an early noir (b-pictures to some) so perhaps those two factors are why Banned in

Scarlet Street – 1945 Lang2017-03-20T17:30:40+00:00

The Quiet Man- 1952 Ford


Known for its location shooting in Ireland and it shows. It’s absolutely gorgeous exterior photography It’s amongst the best work of all of the 4 leads- Maureen O’Hara, John Wayne, Barry Fitzgerald (pretty sure this

The Quiet Man- 1952 Ford2017-03-20T14:37:21+00:00

Aliens – 1986 Cameron


Both this and it’s predecessor from Ridley Scott are sci-fi films (and I’m not big into genre definitions and discussions) but it’s also easier to think of alien (1979) as more of a horror film

Aliens – 1986 Cameron2017-03-16T17:31:01+00:00

Fellini’s Roma – 1972 Fellini


Oddly enough, I think the combination of the omniscient voice over, the lack of plot, the fact that fellini is in it (playing a director giving an interview talking about the movie), the shots of

Fellini’s Roma – 1972 Fellini2017-06-09T16:42:19+00:00

That Man From Rio – 1964 de Broca


It’s Belmondo’s take on James Bond (there were a ton of imitators from the early 60’s on) and he’s quite brilliant here. He’s absolutely charming and has the physicality and athleticism of more of a

That Man From Rio – 1964 de Broca2017-03-13T15:28:53+00:00

Logan – 2017 Mangold


There’s a 5 minute stretch near the beginning when they raid the hideout and there’s a brief car chase and escape- with the sand, the cars, the beating drum rhythmic soundtrack that you can’t help

Logan – 2017 Mangold2017-03-13T15:13:48+00:00

Alien – 1979 Ridley Scott


Certainly seems like the offspring off 1951’s the thing from another world and kubrick’s 2001 Weaver had one other role and her debut in a quick shot as woody’s date I believe in annie hall

Alien – 1979 Ridley Scott2017-03-13T14:43:26+00:00
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