best film:  The Godfather is the best film of 1972 and is universally canonized for a very good reason. It is one of the best 5 narratives in the history of cinema and that narrative,


Undertow – 2004 Gordon Green


I certainly hope David Gordon Green returns to this more experimental version of himself—he’s still only in his early 40’s and has 5 archiveable films but going back and reading roger eberts 4 star review

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best film:  Kubrick’s a clockwork orange is far and away the greatest cinematic achievement of 1971 which gives Kubrick back to back films with the best films of the year (2001 in 1968). This rarely


Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead – 2007 Lumet


The great auteur Sidney Lumet proves that at age 83 he still has it. The film is a completely enthralling morality play that is strategically edited and filled with great performances It has much in

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best film:  the conformist is a visual showcase of set pieces, lighting, and overall mise-en-scene from architectural landscapes to costume design. It has noir roots and is Bertolucci’s best film. Although I’ve had it there




best film:  the wild bunch stands above the other films in 1969. The narrative alone is enough to make it a top 5 of the year film but the aesthetic choices Peckinpah makes, particularly in


Black Swan – 2010 Aronofsky


The opening scene, a dream sequence, has an absolutely astounding use of cinematography. It’s very distinctive as well- aggressive camerawork despite it being a tracking shot and ballet. The wound in Portman’s back are reminiscent

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Wild River – 1960 Kazan


It’s in color and cinemascope but is still very much a Kazan film- driven by characters, their discourse and paced with strong performances Solid color photography- location shooting in Tennessee Opening doc footage in black

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Dead End – 1937 Wyler


  The film is an early one for Bogart, and he’s good in it, but it’s in the archives based on the strength of Wyler’s direction It’s so weird to see Bogart get third billing-

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The Snake Pit – 1948 Litvak


From an evaluative quality comparison standpoint it is not as good as milos forman’s one flew over the cuckoo’s nest, sam fuller’s shock corridor or terry gilliam’s 12 monkeys but it’s still an archiveable film—it’s

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Top Gun – 1986 Tony Scott


There’s enough to praise from an artistic standpoint to earn a right into the archives The aerial sequences, oscar nominated sound is really superb But mainly it’s Tony Scott’s frenetic montage editing- which was incorrectly

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Swiss Family Robinson – 1960 Annakin


Gloriously shot in Panavision (disney’s first) on location in Tobago It is a decent narrative- but there’s a bit of a trader horn travelogue “trip to the zoo in 1960” feel to it. Not nearly

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