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

The 6th Best Director of All-Time: Federico Fellini

Fellini. The last time I did my top 100 was in 2012. I’m overdue and want to update that- maybe after this project. Well, the last time I did it, I had two Fellini films in my top 10.

The 7th Best Director of All-Time: Francis Ford Coppola

Coppola. The case for Coppola is his masterpieces, in particular, having freaking godfather II as his 3rd best film. TSPDT has his big 3 as the 7th, 12th, and 21st best of all-time. I have them at 2nd, 7th,

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

The 8th Best Director of All-Time: Akira Kurosawa

Kurosawa. It seems a little trendy to triumph Ozu and Mitzoguchi in favor of Kurosawa these days in some cinema circles. Based on my humble film knowledge and my limited film viewing regiment (cough) I don’t agree

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 9th Best Director of All-Time: Orson Welles

Welles. I love Welles and his films. He’s undoubtedly a better director than the resulting filmography if that makes sense. TSPDT has him 2nd (behind Hitchcock) on the all-time director list based on a composite list.

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

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