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

Raw Deal – 1948 Anthony Mann2017-11-15T21:48:47+00:00

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

Patriot Games – 1992 Noyce2017-11-13T20:39:57+00:00

The Ascent – 1977 Shepitko


  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

The Ascent – 1977 Shepitko2021-05-31T16:16:39+00:00

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

Nostalgia – 1983 Tarkovsky2020-07-03T10:31:18+00:00

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

Island of Lost Souls – 1932 Kenton2017-11-10T17:46:24+00:00

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

Judge Priest – 1934 Ford2020-07-03T10:31:18+00:00

The Silence of the Lambs – 1991 Demme


An unbelievably taut and entertaining 118 minutes Demme’s main aesthetic visual choice here is the close-up (close to the extreme close up eyes by like Leone in the shootout sequences of good the bad and

The Silence of the Lambs – 1991 Demme2020-07-03T10:31:18+00:00

The Right Stuff – 1983 Philip Kaufman


A triumph of confident and sturdy direction by Philp Kaufman, ensemble acting, and a fascinating narrative laid out by the Tom Wolfe novel. An American epic- often, wrongly, called “the last American epic” by some

The Right Stuff – 1983 Philip Kaufman2020-09-08T18:51:23+00:00

Shine – 1996 Hicks


The film is nearly all acting. Geoffery Rush is superb, but so is Noah Taylor, Armin Mueller-Stahl and to a lesser degree Lynn Redgrave and John Gielgud. It’s the film where Rush won best actor

Shine – 1996 Hicks2017-11-06T15:56:24+00:00

Man’s Castle – 1933 Borzage


Features Borzage’s trademark heart-warming well-earned melodrama Stunning romantic tale of a extraordinarily sweet Loretta Young and a streetwise tough-on-the-outside but all heart inside Spencer Tracy in a great early role for him Harsh poverty depression

Man’s Castle – 1933 Borzage2017-11-02T15:19:44+00:00
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