1950

best film:  Rashômon is a massive masterpiece that is rhythmically shot, is a meditation on truth told through a brilliant non-linear narrative, and is filled with probably the best camerawork of the Japanese master’s career.

Pi – 1998 Aronofsky

The film has grown on me over the years for sure, but the sheer ugliness of the patchy 16mm photography is so hard for me to get past. There’s a guaranteed top 5 film of

Murder! – 1930 Hitchcock

It’s hard to believe that this is Hitchcock’s tenth feature- a crime drama set in a theater (something he’d do again often in 39 steps, stage freight)—it’s one of the best films of 1930 and

Logan Lucky – 2017 Soderbergh

I laughed at soderbergh’s retirement in 2013. I said then that I thought he’d make another movie because Tarantino—I was wrong. Tarantino released hateful eight in 2015 and we didn’t get logan lucky until 2017.

1949

best film:  The Third Man is a perfect film. It’s written by freaking graham greene for starters. It’s superb from the luminous photography by Robert Krasker’s(see photo above) to the performances (Valli, Cotton, Welles), to

1948

best film:  De Sica’s bicycle thieves sits behind only citizen kane on my best films of the decade so as much as I love red river this choice is clear. Bicycle thieves is also the

Risky Business – 1983 Brickman

It’ s a teen coming-of-age film made with clear artistic intentions. It’s clearly influenced by the graduate but with an 80’s capitalism and materialism spin (complete with wonderful neon titles, a fantastic tangerine dream score,

Kings of the Road – 1976 Wenders

Part of Wenders “road trilogy” which includes alice in the cities and wrong move. The narrative is sparse with little momentum—scriptless- but this is simple description- not a negative critique as the film is brilliant

A Few Good Men – 1992 Reiner

The film's strengths reside in Sorkin’s scotching screenplay (it’s based on his play) and the actors who are more than up for the challenge The depth isn’t there on a grander more ambitious scale but

1947

best film:  Black Narcissus, by a sliver, is my #1 film of 1947. I am choosing it over other high quality options such as out of the past and germany year zero. It’s the second

Driving Miss Daisy – 1989 Beresford

The strength of the film is the two leads: Tandy (who won best actress Oscar) and Morgan Freeman. Dan Aykroyd |is also admirable in support and deserving of his nomination. Does a very admirable job

Personal Best – 1982 Towne

It’s mainly in the archives for the photographic slow-motion work of athletic bodies in motion by Towne and DP Michael Chapman.  Chapman is the dp for taxi driver and raging bull- this film can’t compare

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