best film:  the scarlet express. It doesn’t have the artistic peaks of the blue angel but it’s von sternberg’s most consistently brilliant film and best narrative not to mention being jam pack filled with a




best film:  Duck Soup. King Kong is a fine choice as well. Both are genre staples. I’d give the edge to duck soup for its all-out comic assault and just about as good as a




best film:  love me tonight is my solid #1 film from 1932. It’s a stylistic innovator for sure (introducing singing in the middle of a scene) and first musical masterpiece. But, it’s no stodgy “first”




best film:  City Lights. This is a tough year because Fritz Lang’s M is a worthy “best film” of the year. I have city lights as Chaplin’s best film and one of the best silent


Arrival – 2016 Villeneuve


There’s much to chew on here that still can’t be fully accomplished in two viewings What I noticed on the second viewing is how straight-forward the voice-over prologue is by Adams—it’s laying out the ending

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I, Daniel Blake – 2016 Loach


This social political drama won the Palme d'Or Reminded me of Kurosawa’s ikiru- a damnation of Japanese bureaucracy Ellipsis editing- lack of music—it’s in the vain of cinema’s realism or neo realism (or neo neo-realism)

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best film:  The Blue Angel. I think Von Sternberg is as married to mise-en-scene as murnau is to camera movement or Eisenstein is to montage and editing. The Blue Angel has a simple narrative but


The Man Who Wasn’t There – 2001 Coen


This is far from the Coen’s best work but it’s a tribute to their depth of filmography just how good this “b-side” film is Certainly is fully a coen brothers film- but also pays tribute

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best film:  Pandora’s Box is the best film of the year but It’s a very weak year- the weakest of the decade. most overrated:  I guess I’d pick Pandora’s box here. I need to see


Interstellar – 2014 Nolan


There is such economy in the screenplay- the word “ghosts” is mentioned like 4 times in the first 8 minutes—I think Nolan is the far superior filmmaker (and writer) but I do see similarities with

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Basic Instinct – 1992 Verhoeven


Like many of Verhoeven films it was severely underrated by critics but if you dig into the reviews- they admire Verhoeven’s style (at least a lot of them do) but cringe at the sleaziness of

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Gran Torino – 2008 Eastwood


It’s a fringe recommendation for me but despite the clichés and bad acting from the supporting players (boy does this film have some flaws) I think the sincerely in the relationships and characters are formally

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