Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer – 2016 Cedar

  Despite the solid ensemble cast this is really a one-man show featuring Richard Gere, it’s one of his best performances and he rightly received raves for it I purposely picked this imagine of him

Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story – 2005 Winterbottom

  I’ve seen it twice now and it’s a little more of a modest recommend than I had remembered from my first viewing I love how, like 24 hour party people, it’s absolutely hilarious and

Play Misty for Me – 1971 Eastwood

A confident and entertaining debut for Eastwood I think it’s important that Eastwood stays with what he knows- the film is a meditation on celebrity, features the California coastline, heavy on the jazz… he keeps

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – 2010 Edgar Wright

Again, Wright’s film begins and ends for me with the editing. The transitions are just so inspired. It’s really an orgy of style- split screen, great editing, animated flashbacks, swirling titles, Seinfeld-like music with audience

Hot Fuzz – 2007 Edgar Wright

It’s simply one of the better edited films of the 00’s decade—there is such care and artistic decision and rendering in each transition- it’s really inspired (and funny) It doesn’t stop at the editing- there’s

Animal House – 1978 Landis

Borrows heavily (pop soundtrack, date (I think it’s 1962 for both films), ensemble cast) from lucas’ American graffiti- hilarious nostalgia A wonderful, booming Elmore Bernstein score Love the casting of Donald Sutherland “Louie louie” by

The Prestige – 2006 Nolan

Shows off nolan’s narrative deft right from the beginning- a man reading the diary of a man reading his diary There aren’t many, three by my count, but there are some gorgeous establishing shots here-

Split – 2016 Shyamalan

I don’t want to go overboard and call it narrative genius but it’s certainly captivating cinema and all three narrative strands (the young girl flashbacks, doctor and McAvoy, and McAvoy and captive 3 girls) are

Shaun of the Dead– 2004 Edgar Wright

I think it initially gained traction because of the laughs (Pegg and Frost are brilliant) but Edgar Wright sure shows promise here- it’s very rare to see a very nice tracking shot like this is

The Trip – 2010 Winterbottom

A very different film from both the genius earlier collaborations between coogan and Winterbottom- 24 hour party people and Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story- this is closer to the my dinner with andre

Lady Snowblood 2: Love Song of Vengeance – 1974 Fujita

Starts off with an absolute bang- a stunning long-take tracking shot with some complicated choreography action sequence of lady snowblood killing like 20 people Instead of a revenge film it’s a very political film and

Lady Snowblood – 1973 Fujita

Starts off with a bang- a gorgeous white snow landscape and then turning that snow into red for the credit sequences I had no knowledge of her prior to the movie but Meiko Kaji is

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