The Wolf Man – 1941 Waggner


The atmospherics in the forest with the lighting and mist make for a very strong visual The cast is excellent as well- Lon Chaney Jr is perfect as the likeable, well-intentioned, charming, but physically intimidating

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The Black Cat – 1934 Ulmer


Great film for multiple reasons: Yes, we have Bela Legosi and Boris Karloff going head to head but to the more seasoned admirer of cinema we have ulmer’s expressionist work with shadows and set design

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Haxan – 1922 Christensen


It’s an ambitious work- both thematically and stylistically- from Christensen—Denmark Story told in 7 chapters In told in an essay style- I think Christensen sees himself almost as an educator- very didactic—he’s literally pointing things

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Haywire – 2011 Soderbergh


It’s an interesting mixture of gorgeous photography and lighting (soderbergh), a very chill score (david holmes who also worked with soderbergh to create great atmospheric score for oceans 11 and out of sight) and heavy

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Death Rides a Horse – 1967 Petroni


In the archives on the back of Lee Van Cleef and Morricone A horrifying opening—boy witnessing rapes of wife and mother and murder of entire family Crude and blunt in content (see above and a

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The Mummy 1932 – Freund


Freund, the director here, was a top-tier DP during the era- he show many of murnau’s films. He shot fritz Lang’s metropolis. An Austrian cinematographer There was a real exploration of king tut that made

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A Raisin in the Sun 1961 – Petrie


The entire cast is amazing but it’s Poitier’s show. Very rarely has he played such a (largely… there reformation here at the end) unlikeable character. He’s a fireball of energy Like many stage plays of

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Blade Runner 2049 – 2017 Villeneuve


There should be praise for Gosling, Ford, Roger Deakins and Dennis Gassner (the product designer who worked on road to perdition, skyfall, o brother where art thou?) but this is Villeneuve’s show and he’s in

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Topper – 1937 McLeod


McLeod directed some good Marx Brother’s movies. This movie is part screwball 1930’s comedy depression escapism, part marx brothers slapstick, and part HG Wells/James whale invisible man Spawned multiple sequels (without cary grant who essentially

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Paris, Texas – 1984 Wenders


It’s another gorgeous travelogue road trip wenders film with photography from Robby Mueller (dp of dead man, many of the jarmusch films actually, and worked with Von Trier on breaking the waves and dancer in

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The Invisible Man – 1933 Whale


The Invisible man is an overlooked whale film simply because it isn’t a Frankenstein It’s his best edited film Claude rains is very good in a memorable first archiveable role- all vocal (and well done at that) until

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Dracula – 1931 Browning


The first 15-20 minutes are superb— the introduction tracking shot of Lugosi as Dracula- getting out of his coffin- is amazing as are the series of establishing shots getting closer and closer to the castle

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