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

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 O.A which I love (flashback structure of course, seedy elements (asphalt jungle group of criminals)

Atonement – 2007 Joe Wright

Atonement is even stronger than Wright’s 2005 pride and prejudice which gives him back to back masterful adaptations of very heavy literary works (this one from Ian McEwan) Big 4 star review from travers Mindful

Raw Deal – 1948 Anthony Mann

It’s a perhaps not on the level of the very elite noir films but it’s on that second plane and certainly has great work from Anthony Mann behind the camera and John Alton the DP

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) – 2017 Baumbach

Amongst the many pleasures it serves as the best Dustin Hoffman performance in at least 20 years (wag the dog) and perhaps closer to 30 years (rain man in 1988). His Harold is such a

The Killing of a Sacred Deer– 2017 Lanthimos

It works as both an excellent slow-burn art-house horror film and as a black comedy Lanthimos’ narrative construction here isn’t as strong as dogtooth or the lobster but he hasn’t changed his colors by any

Patriot Games – 1992 Noyce

It confirms Noyce as an accomplished voice in the thriller genre after arriving with dead calm in 1989 Aided by a booming James Horner score and supremely gifted ensemble (Ford, Anne Archer, Richard Harris, Earl

The Ascent – 1977 Shepito

  The film’s focus is clear from the beginning. It’s a “war” film by description but the only real battle is during the opening credits and the action isn’t the focus—sets the tone. The film


best film:  Michael Mann’s heat is an epic crime saga masterpiece. It’s told in an operatic go-for-broke style that, in lesser hands, could’ve been one of the worst movies of any given year—instead of one

Nostalgia – 1983 Tarkovsky

One of the most beautiful films I’ve ever seen The narrative isn’t easy—it’s up there with mirror for being his most opaque Uncontestably stunning camera movements and achievements in décor and mise-en-scene that interrupt quiet

Island of Lost Souls – 1932 Kenton

There are three features that probably make this a top 5 of the year quality film. The performance are great- both Laughton in lead and a few key scenes by Legosi (mostly vocal work because

Judge Priest – 1934 Ford

It’s the best Will Rogers screen vehicle—a great pairing of his folksy comedic vaudeville talent and John Ford’s unique cinema world 2nd of 3 films they made together (sadly Rogers died at age 55 in 1935)—first

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