Dirty Harry – 1971 Siegel

The opening shot- a pragmatically chosen zoom shot (yes it’s 1971 and zooms are abound but this is a sniper shot of the killer) In that opening shot the wonderful jazz score is given full

The 33rd Best Director of All-Time: Roberto Rossellini

Rossellini. As I said in the de sica entry--  Rossellini is one half of the truffaut/godard of Italian neorealism. I’m not sure there’s a bicycle thieves without rossellini but I’ve tried to reward the better film when

Slumdog Millionaire – 2008 Boyle & Tandan

The entire film is filled with genuine energy- vibrant editing It’s certainly a unique narrative flashback structure with the flashbacks, each vignettes and yarns of seemingly embellished memories, triggered by the millionaire questions—all of this

Clouds of Sils Maria- 2014 Assayas

Assayas is a very tough auteur for me in many ways- just ultra-ambiguous at all times. He’s intelligent but not overly stylish and certainly you have to work at his films Binoche and Stewart are

The 34th Best Director of All-Time: Michael Powell

Powell…Or Powell and Pressburger. The team of “the archers” as they are known and proclaim (complete with their own mission statement long before von trier). I usually only consider Powell, not only because he has

Nocturnal Animals – 2016 Tom Ford

There’s a lot going on here. Perhaps most intriguingly, there’s a facet of the film that is showing the grotesque as beautifully shot art. It starts with the bizarre opening of the obese women dancing

Land of Mine – 2015 Zandvliet

Wonderful lead performance from Roland Møller that probably pushes this from the fringe of the worth a look/ recommend border into the archives I’m not dying to see what the director does next but it’

The 35th Best Director of All-Time: Billy Wilder

Wilder. Wilder is one of the best screenwriters in film history. You won’t get a ton of argument from me if you want to call him the single best but regardless- any list without him

The Unholy Three – 1925 Browning

Certainly fits Browning’s obsession with deformity, oddities and carnival background Visually he fully embraces shadows here in the mise-en-scene and has some great shots of the jux-apposition, in shadows, of the size of Harry Earles

Carlos – 2010 Assayas

I’ve now seen both the shortened version and the full 5 hour 34 minute version Assayas is clearly influenced by Algiers- this film is all narrative (which is both good and bad- it’s very interesting

The 36th Best Director of All-Time: Robert Bresson

Bresson. I had just seen bresson’s the trial of joan of arc when I wrote this so I felt like a bit of an idiot putting him above dreyer who’s the passion of joan of arc I consider to

The Godfather Part III – 1990 Francis Ford Coppola

  “Just when I think I was out they pull me back in” Many of the critics recognize the impossibility of following up two of the greatest films in cinema history- this film is neither

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