best film:  The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp is still my #1 powell and pressburger film and a very fine choice for the best film of the year. It’s a masterpiece, amongst both the




best film:  Casablanca. I think I’ll actually get more complaints about this than some would guess. Many cinephiles hold the magnificent ambersons in supremely high regard. I have to keep Casablanca as my #1 film


The Big Sick – 2017 Showalter


It’s a very good film- funny with strong writing. However, about 45 minutes into the film Ray Romano and Holly Hunter come along and elevate the film—and save it from falling into some of the

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best film:  citizen kane. It truly is the year of citizen kane. There are countless shots and sequences that are both so innovative and so well executed. It’s a visual showpiece from beginning to end.




best film:  The Grapes of Wrath. This was one of the toughest years as there’s no clear front-runner. Honestly the top 5 films are all right there but if forced to choose I’m going with


Remember My Name– 1978 Rudolph


First archiveable film from prior Altman assistant director Alan Rudolph- it’s a great first archiveable film The lingering camera and long takes gives off a sense of eeriness Half conversations heard for much of the

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Sleepless in Seattle – 1993 Ephron


It’s not worthy of the out-of-character 4 star review from travers but it’s a very good film- largely in the archives based on the skill of the writing and the two leads- Hanks and Meg

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Dunkirk – 2017 Nolan


There’s a tangible impact of 70mm/IMAX cameras and no CGI It’s a walk-out-of-the-theater masterpiece (my 5th of the decade I believe) but you’re not aware of it in the first 20 minutes like birdman or

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Clueless – 1995 Heckerling


Indelible characters, charming self-awareness and a solid satire is what gets this fringy film in the archives Alicia Silverstone is wonderful and to date would never find a role/film to match this—it was also smart

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Blackmail – 1929 Hitchcock


As you can see on the poster it was the first British sound film but it’s more than just a technological landmark, it’s a damn fine film Early on we see the criminal/suspect on the

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One from the Heart – 1981 Francis Ford Coppola


It’s a very simple story (fatally so for many critics) told in pure style- extremely experimental visually First off, there is a ton of parallel editing as the film is really a matching of two

One from the Heart – 1981 Francis Ford Coppola2017-07-18T20:43:54+00:00

War for the Planet of the Apes – 2017 Reeves


It’s the best of the trilogy. Has strong set design and mise-en-scene… early on there are highlights with a waterfall in the background for aided effect and another sequence of gorgeous long barren white trees

War for the Planet of the Apes – 2017 Reeves2020-07-03T10:31:34+00:00
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