Blade Runner – 1982 Ridley Scott


Simply put it’s an expressionistic masterpiece and perhaps the greatest example of production design and mise-en-scene in film history Has many roots in noir and detective/crime films and fiction—the fire bursting from the city reminds

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best film:  The Thin Red Line fulfilled the promise of a 20 year wait since Terrence Malick’s previous feature, also a masterpiece (and the best film of its year), Days of Heaven. It didn’t have


1984 – 1984 Radford


An overlooked film for sure—underappreciated—it’s very notable for Roger Deakins photography (this was his big break so to speak) and the slow-burn narrative/performance by John Hurt Deakins bleach bypass technique completely washes out the color

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Lady Bird – 2017 Gerwig


I didn’t find it to be the devastating formal work Paterson is and the visuals don’t rise to a level of Blade Runner: 2049 or Dunkirk but I keep thinking that this film is just

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Planes, Trains & Automobiles – 1987 Hughes


A near perfect odd couple comedy with both John Candy and Steve Martin giving perhaps their best performance. I think it’s the same John Hughes home alone house in the Chicago suburbs for martin’s family

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Hannah and Her Sisters – 1986 Allen


Amongst other triumphs of the film, which is a masterpiece, it’s enchanting to watch Allen’s camera float around the opening and closing thanksgiving as he eavesdrops on conversations and digs into these 5 fascinating characters

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The Ghost of Yotsuya – 1959 Nakagawa


Four separate set piece sequences make this a top 10 of the year quality film There’s a gorgeous opening tracking shot of a man killing two men who turn down the marriage proposal for his

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Mudbound – 2017 Rees


A strong period drama with biting timely modern parallels to racism and frankly black people being treated better overseas than here at home It’s well-acted throughout but to me the standout is Jason Mitchell’s work

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The Florida Project – 2017 Sean Baker


Baker more than succeeds in making the location, Orlando, and the hotel a living breathing character into the film. It’s a full transportation into the world of the film Baker has proven to be a

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Snake Eyes – 1998 De Palma


For me the technical and stylistic achievements are enough to carry it into the archives despite the wretched lead performance by Nic Cage and some of the plotting issues and just generally weak overall narrative

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The Lobster – 2015 Lanthimos


Lanthimos is a master world builder. The lobster is a great film in a vacuum but it was important to prove that dogtooth was no fluke. Part Bunuel, HG Wells, Kafka, Wes Anderson (that deadpan)—and

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The Usual Suspects – 1995 Singer


Is first and foremost a masterful screenplay- won the Oscar Certainly has noir elements in the film- some from 1949’s  D.O.A which I love (flashback structure of course, seedy elements (asphalt jungle group of criminals)

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