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

Arrival – 2016 Villeneuve2017-06-26T20:32:38+00:00

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)

I, Daniel Blake – 2016 Loach2020-07-03T10:31:37+00:00

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

The Man Who Wasn’t There – 2001 Coen2021-08-26T02:03:29+00:00

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

Interstellar – 2014 Nolan2017-06-21T17:32:31+00:00

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

Gran Torino – 2008 Eastwood2017-06-19T14:36:24+00:00

Bull Durham – 1988 Shelton


Rightly praised for its colorful screenplay by Shelton (who spent 5 years in the minors himself) and for the strong 3 leads (Costner, Sarandon, and Robbins) who would become major stars for the next decade—all

Bull Durham – 1988 Shelton2020-07-03T10:31:37+00:00

Loving – 2016 Jeff Nichols


Nichols and his two leads (Negga and Edgerton), through nuanced and un-showy performances, go through pains to set up their love, these two people, and their circumstances as both common and some sort of eden

Loving – 2016 Jeff Nichols2017-06-12T18:19:33+00:00

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters – 1985 Schrader


Schrader, for what it’s worth, considers this film his best film as director Philip Glass’s luminous score and John Bailey’s photography (especially some of the venetian blind lighting/shadow work) helps make the film a truly

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters – 1985 Schrader2020-07-03T10:31:39+00:00

Enter the Dragon – 1973 Clouse


Lalo Schifrin’s (cool hand luke, dirty harry, bullitt) helps set the film apart and above lesser Bruce less and other genre films- the film is very score-heavy and dialogue is, by Clouse, smartly used pretty

Enter the Dragon – 1973 Clouse2017-06-06T15:04:02+00:00

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington– 1939 Capra


Tour-de-force from Jimmy Stewart- especially in the last 30 minutes with the filibuster sequence Capra and Stewart sure are the normal rockwell of cinema- Definition of wholesome with his “gee whiz” sayings and naivety- it

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington– 1939 Capra2017-06-05T21:08:24+00:00

The Bitter Tea of General Yen– 1933 Capra


Much like capra’s it’s a wonderful life the film can get very dark- early on there’s a hanging man in war-ravaged china blocking the mise-en-scene like a von Sternberg film Quickly edited but there’s some

The Bitter Tea of General Yen– 1933 Capra2017-06-05T20:45:07+00:00
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