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

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

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

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

No Country for Old Men – 2007 Coen

The narrative grips you in a way few films in film history has. It’s unrelenting in its narrative propulsion. The coens and Javier bardem (along with Cormac McCarthy of course) have created one of the

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb – 1964 Kubrick

Comedy or otherwise, it’s one of the greatest screenplays of all-time Justifiable oscar nom for Peter Sellers- should’ve been one for George C. Scott and Sterling Hayden (as the ultimate straight man here) as well----

The Bourne Ultimatum – 2007 Greengrass

The film’s narrative is slim- it is essentially bourne protecting 3 people- Paddy Considine, Julia Stiles, and (with a twist)- Joan allen- it’s a great example of style over substance- such a great exercise and

Men in War – 1957 Anthony Mann

Starts off with a strong opening tracking shot along a well-worn battle field Solid Bernstein score Very detailed blocked, stacked faces like a Bergman film, stacked along vehicles here- lots of foreground/background work here Feels like a

Tunes of Glory – 1960 Neame

It’s a solid film but really it’s in the archives mainly because it’s a tremendous showcase for Alec Guinness- he plays a very large character here- chewing scenes-- nails the Scottish accent- a drinking blue-collar

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